EUSBSR Annual Forum Workshop: Unlocking the nutrient recycling potential in the Baltic Sea Region

Time: 30.09.2020, 13–15:30 CET, 14:00–16:30 EET

Place: via Zoom

What and why? The accumulation of nutrients in intensive livestock production areas and lack of sustainable solutions to recycle nutrients from wastewaters are critical issues to solve in order to scale up circular economy, mitigate climate change and reduce eutrophication in inland and marine waters in the Baltic Sea Region. Sustainable use and better lifecycle management of plant nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are important elements of the revised EUSBSR Action Plan and upcoming HELCOM Regional Nutrient Recycling Strategy to be adopted by the Baltic Sea coastal area countries in 2021.

This workshop, organised in the framework of the 11th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, will discuss the state-of-the-art in nutrient recycling within and across the two sectors, agriculture and municipal wastewater management. Participants will have the chance to discuss priority issues and recommendations outlined by the two project platforms SuMaNu and BSR WATER as an input to the update of the post-2020 EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.




Matthias Barjenbruch, Chair of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) Regional Group North-East                  

Erik Sindhöj, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden


12:45–13:00 – Participants log-in

13:00–13:10 – Welcome

13:10–13:30 – Introduction to the workshop topic

  • Nutrient recycling potential in wastewater sector, Taavo Tenno, University of Tartu (BSR WATER platform)
  • Nutrient recycling in agricultural sector – why, what, how? Minna Sarvi, Luke (SuMaNu platform)

13:30–13:45 – Key opportunities and challenges in nutrient recycling – Arno Rosemarin, Stockholm Environment Institute

13:45–14:30 – Facilitated discussion in groups

Group A: Boosting the market for recycled fertilizer products

Group B: Cooperation towards sustainable phosphorus strategy in the BSR

Group C: Reducing pollutants in sewage sludge and ensuring the safety of recovered nutrients

More information about the thematic groups

14:30–14:40 – Break

14:40–15:00 – Feedback from breakout rooms by group moderators

15:00–15:15 – Remarks from HELCOM and EUSBSR Policy Area Nutri and Bioeconomy Coordinators

15:15–15:30 – Closing words


For whom? Authorities, practitioners, researchers, innovators – everyone with an idea, challenge, responsibility or a question regarding nutrient recycling or products made with recycled nutrients and interest to develop and accelerate solutions on the international level.

By whom? The workshop is organised jointly by the two Interreg-funded platform projects BSR WATER and SuMaNu. BSR WATER deals with nutrient recovery and recycling in wastewater management and sustainable water management overall in the municipal context, whereas SuMaNu focuses on sustainable manure and nutrient management and nutrient recycling in agriculture.

Registration: register via the Registration tab on this site. Deadline 21 September 2020. 

For additional information about the event, please contact the responsible persons representing the two organizing projects:

Agnieszka Ilola, Union of the Baltic Cities, Sustainable Cities Commission, +358 44 500 2133

Kaj Granholm, Baltic Sea Action Group, +358 46 85 09 208