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Project acronym: Baltic Deal

Project title: Baltic Deal - Putting best agricultural practises into work

Application call: 3

Priority: 3. Baltic Sea as a common resource

Project website: www.balticdeal.eu

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Lead Partner:

Latvijas Lauku konsultāciju un izglītības centrs
Rigas iela 34
LV-3018 Ozolnieki
LV
Kaspars ĆœĆ«riƆơ
E-mail: kaspars.zurins@llkc.lv
Phone: +371 63050220
Fax: +371 63022264

Project Manager:

Latvijas Lauku konsultāciju un izglītības centrs
Rigas iela 34
LV-3018 Ozolnieki
LV
Andrejs Briedis
E-mail: andrejs.briedis@llkc.lv
Phone: +371 63050220
Fax: +371 63022264


Information Manager:

LRF International
Franzéngatan 6
SE-10533 Stockholm
SE
Stina Bergström
E-mail: stina.bergstrom@lrf.se
Phone: +46 (0)76- 775 35 41
Fax: +468248119



Summary description of the project:

Baltic Deal gathers farmers and farmers’ advisory organisations around the Baltic Sea in a unique effort to raise the competence concerning agri-environmental practises and measures. The aim is to support farmers to reduce nutrient losses from farms, with maintained production and competiveness.

The national advisory services play an important role in developing a more sustainable agriculture in the Baltic Sea region. Baltic Deal provides advisory organisations with improved, cost efficient methods and tools of how to support farmers to reduce nutrient losses from farms.

Knowledge exchange

Baltic Deal aims to increase the knowledge exchange of sustainable agri-environmental practices in the Baltic Sea region. The project establishes a network for farmers and advisory services to exchange knowledge about good practices and learn from each other.

Baltic Deal also makes study trips for farmers and advisors both within the country and to other countries in the region.

Pilot activities

Good

practices for improved water management is tested in everyday farming and adjusted to farming conditions in each country.

In pilot areas, such as at the B7 islands, the seven largest islands in the Baltic Sea, farmers test how to apply good agri-environmental practices. Tested measures are for example using plant cover outside growing season, improved fertilization methods, manure management and treatment of run-off waters.

Demonstration farms

The project establishes and maintains a large network of demonstration farms around the Baltic Sea. The farms demonstrate suitable agri-environmental investments, practises and measures from a farm business perspective.

Joint effort to reduce nutrient losses

The eutrophication status of the Baltic Sea is still unsatisfactory, despite decreased nutrient loads in recent decades. The problem of farm nutrient run-off eventually entering the Baltic Sea is recognised by the farmer’s federations in all the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, and they

want to do their best to amend the situation.

Baltic Deal is therefore a joint effort to improve the Baltic Sea environmental status by using cost efficient and competitive measures to reduce the nutrient losses from agriculture.

Partners

Baltic Deal has seven project partners in seven countries. Two of them are farmers’ federations and five are advisory services. The countries involved are: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

The project also has over 30 associated partners in all the nine countries around the Baltic Sea, including Russia. The associated partners are farmers associations, advisory services, ministries and other institutes and organisations.

Baltic Deal is a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. It is mainly funded by the Baltic Sea Regional Programme 2007-2013 and co-funded by the NEFCO/NIB Baltic Sea Action Plan Trust Fund. The total budget is around 4 million Euros. The project period is 2010 to 2013.


Achievements of the project so far:

In the beginning of the project all seven project partners started up cooperation based on a common idea:to support farmers to reduce nutrient losses from farms with maintained production and competiveness.Reaching that goal includes two parts.The first is raising knowledge about the problem of on-farm nutrient losses that eventually may lead to eutrophication.The second is giving advisors and farmers the right tools for how to decrease nutrient losses in a cost efficient way.

Countries in a common effort against eutrophication:A transnational network including advisory,farmers organisations in 7 countries around the Baltic Sea has been created through the project.It includes Estonia,Latvia,Lithuania,Poland,Finland,Denmark and Sweden.Measures and good praxis free of charge:the project has summarized information on 50 agri-environmental measures that can be applied in the BSR region.

Cost calculations have been made on different measures reflecting different farms.Most relevant facts are made available to farmers and advisors on the project website www.balticdeal.eu The heart of the project – the web:The project web site is created with the aim of being a tool box for advisors and farmers and a source for knowledge.The web is regularly updated with new knowledge,results and news.118 farmersin one network:An impressive network of 118 demonstration farms have been created.The farms are demonstrating suitable agri-environmental investments,practices and measures.Loads of events:More than 300 events reached 5000 people, 2500 of them farmers demonstration farms so far. Advisors and farmers have been the primary target group.More then 100 journalists and a large number of politicians have participated in study tours and demo farm visits.A total amount of 14 conferences have been organized.Once a year (4 times) the conference A Greener Agriculture for Bluer Baltic Sea

have been arranged together with Baltic Compass,BalticManure and WWF.Also 8 water forums have been organized. t.Seen and heard about Baltic Deal:The project has co-produced 27 short movie clips,that have been seen by around 70000 persons.An inspiring brochure presenting the best agricultural practices around the Baltic Sea has been created as well as a movie about it. www.balticdeal.eu/documents/brochure-best-agricultural-practices-around-the-baltic-sea/The brochure has been spread in around 3500 copies. Media has reported about the project around 200 times since 2011.Work on the development of educational game and report on farmers attitudes have been completed.Active in social media:Since 2011 the project is active in social media informing about events,project issues and partners.Visit Baltic Deal on Facebookwww.facebook.com/balticdeal and follow on twitter www.twitter.com/BalticDeal



Project Duration: Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 3.786.140,00
ERDF co-financing: 2.973.510,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre
LV-3018 Ozolnieki | LATVIA
Rigas iela 34
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Andrejs Briedis
Phone: +371 63050220
E-mail: andrejs.briedis@llkc.lv
Web: www.llkc.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:329.871,00
ERDF co-financing:280.390,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
LRF International
SE-10533 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Franzéngatan 6
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Sindre Langaas
Phone: +46 8 7875141
E-mail: sindre.langaas@lrf.se
Web: www.lrf.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:1.301.360,00
ERDF co-financing:976.024,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK
FIN-00101 Helsinki | FINLAND
P.O. Box 510 (Simonkatu 6)
Region: EtelÀ-Suomi
Contact person: Johanna IkÀvalko
Phone: +358-(0)20-4132434
E-mail: Johanna.ikavalko@mtk.fi
Web: www.mtk.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:469.892,00
ERDF co-financing:352.419,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Rural Development Foundation
10147 Tallinn | ESTONIA
R. Tobiase 4
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Helen-Liis Ridbeck
Phone: +372 648 4064
E-mail: helenliis.ridbeck@mes.ee
Web: www.mes.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:257.562,00
ERDF co-financing:218.928,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service
LT-58343 Kedainiai d | LITHUANIA
Stoties g. 5, Akademija
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Rimtautas Petraitis
Phone: +370 347 38415
E-mail: rimtautas.petraitis@lzukt.lt
Web: www.lzukt.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:201.018,00
ERDF co-financing:170.866,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinow Branch Office in Radom
26-600 Radom | POLAND
Ul. Chorzowska 16/18
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Henryk SkĂłrnicki
Phone: +48483656900
E-mail: h.skornicki@cdr.gov.pl
Web: www.cdr.gov.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:550.667,00
ERDF co-financing:468.067,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Knowledge Centre for Agriculture
DK - 8200 Århus N | DENMARK
Agro Food Park 15
Region: Midtjylland
Contact person: Irene Asta Wiborg
Phone: +45 8740 5449
E-mail: iaw@vfl.dk
Web: www.vfl.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:675.757,00
ERDF co-financing:506.817,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00