Crowdfunding - a new opportunity for reducing eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

Crowdfunding - a new opportunity for reducing eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

Do you need funding for protecting the Baltic Sea?

The Finnish-Swedish team of project NutriTrade has launched a crowdfunding platform for measures that reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea.

With crowdfunding, a large number of voluntary donors can support the implementation of nutrient discharge reduction measures that they consider appropriate. On the other hand, project initiators can present their measures and campaign to find supporters.

The role of the Nutribute platform is to bring together project initiators and voluntary supporters, i.e. facilitate the transformation of ideas into action. The platform administrator will assess proposed measures with the help of an expert panel, publish the campaigns that have passed a risk assessment and then transfer donated funds to themeasures after the campaign.

Participation is free of charge for all types of stakeholders and measures ranging e.g. from agriculture to wastewater treatment.

Nutribute is available at www.nutribute.org. The name Nutribute comes from “Nutrients” and “Contribute” and indicates the voluntary nature of all donations.

Nutribute also encourages sustainable consumption and production: The platform allows for neutralization of the nutrient footprint of a person or company. You just make a donation that reduces nutrient discharges corresponding to your own or to your company's nutrient discharges.

Project NutriTrade is also a testbed for some innovative new measures for reducing eutrophication.

In Pilot Gypsum, University of Helsinki is testing how gypsum application of fields can lower the nutrient loading originating from agriculture and ending up in the Baltic Sea. The results of the large-scale pilot are very promising. Gypsum seems to reduce both leaching of dissolved and particulate phosphorus and the turbidity of water.

Pilots Mussel and Fish remove nutrients from the sea in the form of mussels and cyprinid fish. The idea is also to support the development of food and feed value chains based on these raw materials. In fact, fish patties made from bream and roach have already appeared on many plates in Finland.

Cutting off nutrient discharges and removing nutrients from the sea will improve the state of the Baltic Sea. Looking forward to having less blue-green algae and a smaller area of anoxic seabeds!

Project NutriTrade (NutriTrade – Piloting a Nutrient Trading Scheme in the Central Baltic) provides a mechanism for the voluntary provision and financing of efforts in the Baltic Sea region. NutriTrade is a flagship initiative of the EU Baltic Strategy and the project’s largest funder is the EU Interreg Central Baltic program. The project is implemented by John Nurminen Foundation, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources Institute Finland, University of Helsinki and Anthesis Enveco.

The text is provided by our partners at NutriTrade.

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