Baltic Compact is an extension stage project to the strategic pan-Baltic project Baltic COMPASS. It promotes a balanced agro-environment governance approach: sound regulation and economic incentives in parallel with supporting local level collective management. Experiences from Baltic COMPASS indicate that agro-environment measures are more cost-eff ective if they are locally adapted, and that there is a lack of understanding for environmental measures as being benefi cial for business development. Baltic Compact believes that the key to reduce the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea is found in a dialogue between all interested parties. We need to strengthen the local level infl uence in planning
and implementation of environmental measures and to identify and use the measures that can bring profi t both in monetary and environmental terms.

Baltic Compact promotes win-win measures for economy and the environment via information and investments. The project demonstrates advanced drainage solutions where nutrients can be retained in the fi eld or in a nearby installation. This means that more nutrients can be recycled. The solutions are referred to as SCIEN (sustainable, controlled, intelligent, environmental friendly and nutrient loss mitigating) drainage and are technologies which can be added-on to existing drainage systems. The project also invests in techniques to optimize biogas production from livestock manure. Suffi cient storage capacity and good spreading equipment are fundamental pre-conditions for optimal
utilisation of the high-value nitrogen in digestate. By focusing on livestock manure and other waste products as the substrates for biogas production, rather than food and energy crops, it is ensured that the biogas plants deliver environmental services in the form of reduced loss of nutrients and emission of greenhouse gases to the environment.

Baltic Compact takes up the challenge to promote improved communication to increase the local involvement in the diffi cult task of integrateing agricultural and environmental policies. In Baltic COMPASS a communication model was developed to facilitate farmers’ participation in the planning and implementation of agro-environment measures, to help spread their knowledge to administrative bodies. This model will be tested and further evaluated throughout the duration of Baltic Compact. The project will also look into existing policy frameworks and legislation in the Baltic Sea Region, to fi nd the best ways to implement this bottom-up approach.

SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Contact: Kaj Granholm,
MTT Agrifood Research Finland
Contact: Markku Järvenpää,
LLUR State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and
Rural Areas of the Federal State Schleswig-Holstein
Contact: Uwe Rammert,
ABP Agro Business Park
Contact: Henning Lyngsø Foged,
ZSA Union Farmers Parliament
Contact: Zanda Kruklite,
Vecauce Ltd.
Contact: Iveta Grudovska,
Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket)
Contact: Emma Svensson,