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NORDBALT ECOSAFE: Nitrogen and phosphorus load reduction approach within safe ecological boundaries for the Nordic Baltic region

Active Last updated: 24.04.2024
End: sep 2026
Start: sep 2022

About the project

Start - end date 30.09.2022 - 30.09.2026
Project manager at Nibio Eva Skarbøvik
Division Division of Environment and Natural Resources
Department Hydrology and Water Environment
Funding source EU – Horisont Europa (EC/HEU)

The overarching aim of NORDBALT-ECOSAFE is to ensure that N and P concentrations and loadings in water bodies in the Nordic-Baltic region are reduced and will remain within safe ecological boundaries.

The NORDBALT-ECOSAFE consortium will develop and demonstrate innovative methods and establish best practices to improve current river basin management and governance by reaching the following major aims: i) setting ecologically safe nutrient boundaries in different types of water bodies; ii) improving monitoring of nutrient concentrations by comparing benefits of novel high-frequency online sensors with traditional monitoring; iii) establishing nutrient loading tipping points for carbon sequestration and emissions in water bodies; iv) establishing a harmonised river basin modelling tool for precise estimation of nutrient sources, pathways and transport; v) demonstrating novel Nature Based Solutions (NBSs) and Mitigation Measures (MMs) for reaching the required nutrient load reductions; and vi) developing advanced solutions supporting regional governance structures to implement the most suitable measures to meet the ecological nutrient boundaries. A conceptual diagramme is showing the links between different parts of the project and a ma shows our working platform consisting of six river basins and riverine monitoring points under HELCOM and OSPAR.