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Project acronym: BERAS IMPLEMENTATION

Project title: Baltic Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society Implementation

Application call: 3

Priority: 3. Baltic Sea as a common resource

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Lead Partner:

Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences
Alfred Nobels allé 7
141 89 Huddinge
SE
Artur Granstedt
E-mail: arturgranstedt@jdb.se
Phone: +46(0)8 551 577 02
Fax: +46(0)8 551 716 70

Project Manager:

Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences
Alfred Nobels allé 7
141 89 Huddinge
SE
Ellinor Andrén
E-mail: ellinor.andren@sh.se
Phone: +46(0)8 608 40 00
Fax: +46(0)8 60 84 800


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Summary description of the project:

The environment of the Baltic Sea is endangered. Algae bloom and dead sea bottoms are increasing. This is mainly due to high input of nutrients from agriculture in the Baltic Sea watershed area. Despite the agreement between all countries in the region (Baltic Sea Action Plan), the total nutrient leakage to the Sea is increasing. A key problem is the trend towards industrialised farms and regional concentration of animals. The aim of BERAS Implementation (Baltic Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society) is to decrease the eutrophication, stop the use of pesticides and reduce the effect of the food sector on global warming. We support farmers, consumers, policy makers and other actors in the food chain who are actively working for a conversion to a sustainable food system and a prosperous development in the region.

BERAS develops and implements three core concepts:

• Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA) is a regenerative, multifunctional agriculture system that utilises renewable energy and recirculates resources within the farm or between farms in cooperation. This is achieved through the integration of animal husbandry and a balanced crop rotation, including leguminous plants.

• Sustainable Food Societies (SFS) stimulates food chain integration from farmer to consumer as well as between the private and public sectors and research.

• Diet for a Clean Baltic is based on organic, nutritious, local and seasonally available foods with lower meat consumption and strategies to cut food waste.

Implementation of these concepts in the Baltic Sea Region can reduce leakage of nitrogen and phosphorus by 50% and at the same time provide food for the region. This requires a broad ecological competence development in the whole food sector including farmers, policy makers and all people who eat food.

To build this capacity 24 partners and 35 associated organisations work together. These include local authorities, universities and research institutes, agricultural advisory services, farmers’ organizations, ecological and environmental NGOs from all 11 countries in the BSR. The sectorial and geographical breadth of the partnership is necessary to support conversion of farms and food chain actors in order to save the Baltic Sea.

The project has resulted in a network of good practices, based on the three BERAS concepts. It has established learning centres in nine countries and developed information and educational materials in key areas. The project has also established a transnational network that ensures continued work and to further develop and implement the results after project end, both in the BSR and globally.

To learn more, visit www.beras.eu


Achievements of the project so far:

Solving the eutrophication problem of the Baltic Sea requires a systemic shift in the whole food chain. Concept development and implementation of Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA), Sustainable Food Societies (SFS) and Diet for a Clean Baltic (DCB) are core activities in BERAS.

The project cooperates with 42 ERA farms for developing and communicating best agricultural practices. 20 Information Centres have been established to demonstrate ERA, SFS and DCB in nine countries in the Baltic Sea Region. They have exhibitions that present their farming practices and environmental consequences of agriculture and food consumption. The Information Centres show ways to reduce the environmental impact of the food sector and at the same time strengthen local communities and rural areas. They function as learning centres for farmers, school children, students, policy makers and the general public and as good examples for similar initiatives to be established.

Diet for a Clean Baltic (DCB) is developed and practised in several partner countries. In Södertälje municipality it is implemented in all kitchens in schools, elder care and social institutions. The good practises are spread through partner exchange, a kitchen handbook and offspring projects.

BERAS education programme, including children’s books, schoolbooks and academic literature, has been produced in several languages and is available at beras.eu. The main learning material for conversion is Guidelines for Ecological Recycling Agriculture developed by scientists and advisors during the project. It consists of Farming, Economic and Marketing Guidelines, Software Tools and Farm Examples. They are translated into most BSR languages and are spread to farmers and advisors through national advisor services and farmers’ organisations. Farmers’ University, where farmers learn from each other in dialogue with experts and researchers for further developing ERA, was launched.

Policy recommendations with concrete measures have been produced to support implementation of ERA, DCB and SFS principles. They are targeting international organisations, governments, authorities and NGOs and addresses regional, national and EU level in order to allow a systemic shift in the food sector.

Our achievements will have a long term positive effect on the Baltic Sea, biodiversity, climate change and other environmental issues related to agriculture and food. We also foresee improved rural development, increased work opportunities and enhanced cultural and social development.

BERAS International Network has been established in order to continue our activities after project end. The network consists of partners from Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Several local, national and international offspring projects have been initiated and new projects are planned.



Project Duration: Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 4.452.130,00
ERDF co-financing: 3.444.790,00
ENPI co-financing: 45.000,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Södertörn University, Costal Management Research Centre
141 89 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Södertörns Högskola, COMREC
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Artur Granstedt
Phone: +46(0)8 551 577 02
E-mail: arturgranstedt@jdb.se
Web: http://www.sh.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:450.000,00
ERDF co-financing:337.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The Biodynamic Research Institute
153 91 Järna | SWEDEN
Skilleby
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Jostein Hertwig
Phone: +46(0)8 551 577 02
E-mail: sbfi@jdb.se
Web: www.jdb.se/sbfi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:795.000,00
ERDF co-financing:596.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Södertälje Municipality
151 89 Södertälje | SWEDEN
Södertälje Kommun
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Han von Essen
Phone: +46 8 551 572 21
E-mail: Hans.vonEssen@sodertalje.se
Web: www.sodertalje.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:393.000,00
ERDF co-financing:294.750,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Mtt Agrifood Research Finland
FI-50 100 Mikkeli | FINLAND
Lönnrotinkatu 3
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: Pentti Seuri
Phone: +358 (0)3 41884975
E-mail: Pentti.Seuri@mtt.fi
Web: http://portal.mtt.fi/portal/page/portal/eee_en
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Uusimaa
FI-00521 Helsinki | FINLAND
Asemapäällikönkatu 14, P.O.Box 36
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Irmeli Ahtela
Phone: +358 20 636 0070
E-mail: irmeli.ahtela@ely-keskus.fi
Web: www.ely-keskus.fi/uusimaa
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:37.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Finnish Environment
FIN-00251 Helsinki | FINLAND
Mechelininkatu 34 a, P.O.Box 140
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Katri Rankinen
Phone: +358 20 490 22 43
E-mail: katri.rankinen@ymparisto.fi
Web: www.environment.fi/syke
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Estornia University of Life Science
EE-510 14 Tarttu | ESTONIA
Kreutzwaldi 1 A
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Anne Luik
Phone: +372 731 30 02
E-mail: anne.luik@emu.ee
Web: www.emu.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:81.000,00
ERDF co-financing:68.850,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Estonian Organic Farming Foundation (EOFF)
504 03 Tartu | ESTONIA
Kungla 1a
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Airi Vetemaa
Phone: +372 742 2051
E-mail: airi.vetemaa@gmail.com
Web: No website
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:127.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre
LV-3018 Olzolnieki, Jelgava ditr | LATVIA
Riga str 34
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Andrejs Briedis
Phone: +37163050220
E-mail: andrejs.briedis@llkc.lv; admin@llkc.lv
Web: www.llkc.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:152.660,00
ERDF co-financing:129.761,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lithuanian University of Agriculture
LT-533 56 Academy, Kaunas District | LITHUANIA
Studento str. 11
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Laima Cesoniene
Phone: +370 37 752 202
E-mail: Laima.Cesoniene@lzuu.lt
Web: http://www.lzuu.lt/pradzia/lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:210.000,00
ERDF co-financing:178.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Baltic Foundation HPI
LT-03123 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
S. Konarskio str. 49
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Arunas Svitojus
Phone: +370 5 233 4892
E-mail: arunas@heifer.lt; arunas_svitojus@yahoo.com
Web: www.heifer.lt; www.heifer.org
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:224.000,00
ERDF co-financing:190.400,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Municipal Council of Kaunas District
LT-493 86 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
Savanorio pr. 371
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Giedre Jukniene
Phone: +370 37 3055 66
E-mail: ekologas@krs.lt
Web: http://krs.lt/go.php/lit/English
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:42.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation - National Reserach Institute
24-100 Pulawy | POLAND
Czartoryskich 8
Region: Lubelskie
Contact person: Dr. Jaroslaw Stalenga
Phone: +48 0 81 886 34 21
E-mail: stalenga@iung.pulawy.pl
Web: www.iung.pulawy.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:190.000,00
ERDF co-financing:161.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Advisory Branch in Minikowo
89-122 Minikowo | POLAND
k. Nakła nad Notecią
Region: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
Contact person: Justyna Lesiewicz
Phone: +48 52 386 72 13
E-mail: justyna.lesiewicz@kpodr.pl
Web: http://www.kpodr.pl/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:82.450,00
ERDF co-financing:70.082,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Polish Ecological Club in Krakow, City of Gliwice Chapter
PL-44-100 Gliwice | POLAND
ul. Ziemowita 1
Region: Slaskie
Contact person: Maria Staniszewska
Phone: +48 32 2318591
E-mail: biuro@pkegliwice.pl
Web: www.pkegliwice.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:162.030,00
ERDF co-financing:137.725,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Independent Autonomous Association Of Individual Farmers "Solidarity"
00-514 Warszawa | POLAND
ul. Marszałkowska 84/92
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Leszek Mazurek
Phone: +48 022 622 33 45
E-mail: biuro@solidarnoscri.pl
Web: www.solidarnoscri.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:47.350,00
ERDF co-financing:40.247,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Swedish Rural Economy and Agricultural societies, Kalmar
392 41 Kalmar | SWEDEN
Flottiljevägen 18
Region: Småland med öarna
Contact person: Mats Halling
Phone: +46 (0)480 156 70
E-mail: mats.halling@hush.se
Web: http://hs-h.hush.se/?p=1
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:58.000,00
ERDF co-financing:43.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
D-153 74 Müncheberg | GERMANY
Eberswalder Str. 84
Region: Brandenburg - Nordost
Contact person: Karin Stein-Bachinger
Phone: +49 33 43 28 23 46
E-mail: kstein@zalf.de
Web: www.zalf.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:399.190,00
ERDF co-financing:299.392,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The Ecological Council
2200 Köpenhamn N | DENMARK
Blegdamsvej 4 B
Region: Hovedstaden
Contact person: Christian Ege
Phone: +45 33 18 19 33
E-mail: info@ecocouncil.dk
Web: www.ecocouncil.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
International Public Association of Animal Breeders "East-West" (IPAAB)
220108 Minsk | BELARUS
Kazintsa str. 88, 10
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Ivan Kyssa
Phone: +375 175067129
E-mail: ivankyssa@gmail.com
Web: no web site
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Swedish Rural Network
551 82 Jönköping | SWEDEN
Landsbygdsnätverket
Region: Småland med öarna
Contact person: Maria Gustafsson
Phone: +46 36 155104
E-mail: maria.gustafsson@jordbruksverket.se
Web: www.landsbygdsverket.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.000,00
ERDF co-financing:37.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Swedish Rural Economy and Agricultural societies, Gotland
622 54 Roma | SWEDEN
Lövsta
Region: Småland med öarna
Contact person: Mats Pettersson
Phone: +46 498 20 22 40
E-mail: mats.pettersson@hush.se
Web: http://hs-i.hush.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:90.000,00
ERDF co-financing:67.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Helsinki, Department of Agricultural Science
FI-00014 Helsinki | FINLAND
Latokartanonkaari 5-7
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Juha Helenius, Anu Väinölä
Phone: +358 919 158 332
E-mail: Juha.helenius@helsinki.fi anu.vainola@helsinki.fi
Web: www.mm.helsinki.fi/mmsbl www.helsinki.fi/palmenia/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:235.000,00
ERDF co-financing:176.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Pomeranian Agricultural Advisory Center
80001 Gdansko | POLAND
Trakt Sw. Wojciecha 293
Region: Pomorskie
Contact person: Stanislawa Adona Los
Phone: +48 583263900
E-mail: sekreteriat@podr.pl
Web: www.podr.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:82.450,00
ERDF co-financing:70.082,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00