International team of researchers will develop a handbook for reduction of harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea

From the 13th to 14th of March IES will welcome an international team of water researchers from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia to develop interactive handbook for reduction of harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea.


Since 2015, the team of researchers has been conducting various events to measure the amount and content of harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea, as well as to detect sources of pollution and to validate the technologies for nutrient and hazardous substances removal. The handbook will contain of several chapters, including: 1) pilot watersheds and detailed mapping the sources of pollution and their hotspots; 2) best practices of cost effective prevention methods, environmental treatment technologies and water quality information for nutrients and hazardous substances for the Baltic Sea; 3) step-by-step guidance on practical actions that can and should be done to save the Sea.

To ensure the practical use of the interactive handbook, the content will include the modified information for characteristics and specifics of each involved country and region. The team of researchers expect the handbook to be a helpful tool for public authorities, representatives of municipalities, NGOs, land owners, researchers and other stakeholders in the Central Baltic Sea region. The book will be developed in English and local languages.

The handbook is a part of the project “Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea” (WATERCHAIN) No.CB50, which is financially supported by ERDF Central Baltic Interreg IV Programme 2014 – 2020.

Find out more about the WATERCHAIN project here.