On 4-5 of September 2013 a Baltic Deal project’s summary conference were held in Gdansk, Poland. The conference was a great summary of 3 years of efforts made by the Baltic Deal project partners within the Baltic Deal Region, including Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark.
Baltic Deal is a flagship project in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. It’s long-term strategic objective to reduce nutrients run-off from farms to the Baltic Sea using a cost-efficient and sustainable approach was a main topic of the conference as well.
During a two-day conference, guests including demo-farmers, advisors, project partners from Baltic Sea Region, science and government representatives, local authorities had an opportunity to get familiar with activities taken under the project and its final effects.
The conference was initiated by Mr. Henryk Skórnicki, Director of the Agricultural Advisory Center Branch Office in Radom, the main coordinator of the Baltic Deal project in Poland.
The conference started with the presentation from Baltic Deal project’s partners, which presented general objectives and effects of the project. Additionally there was a specified presentation of what results has been achieved in performance of the project in Poland.
The representatives of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development introduced the issues of the assumptions of future Environmental Policy and Development of the Baltic Sea Region and Pro-environment activities under the RDP for 2014-2020.
The representatives of the scientific community from Research Institute of Horticulture, Institute of Technology and Life Sciences, Fertilizers Research Institute presented their views on agri-environmental issues covered by the scope of the project, including new measures to improve soil pollution reduction and soil ecosystem revitalization, water monitoring in agricultural holdings, modern systems of plant fertilization. In addition, there was a presentation of two projects, Baltic Manure and Baltic Compass, whose activities are similar to the actions of Baltic Deal project.
At the end of day one a representative of Federation of Swedish Farmers introduced the assumptions of bridging and future activities after the end of Baltic Deal project.
Day two of the conference was a study trip to a National Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Gdynia with a lecture on the issue of eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. Participants had also an opportunity to visit The Gdynia Aquarium, which is part of the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, is a zoological garden that is home to over 1,600 aquatic animals belonging to more than two hundred species from every corner of the world.
The conference ended with thanks to the guests. Many of them are hoping that this valuable project will have its continuation, where best agricultural practices, measures and investments that are often kept within countries, organizations and the mind of the individuals will be exchanged widely to farmers.
Presentations from conference.