Baltic Compass is a strategic project established to promote innovative solutions for sustainable food production in the the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Compact is an extension stage project to the Baltic Compass project, which continues the work of disseminating good practice agri-environmental technologies.
Baltic Compass aims to find ways how the agricultural sector in the Baltic Sea Region can produce the daily food required by the region's 90 million inhabitants and at the same time preserve the Baltic Sea. The large catchment area and the shallowness and enclosedness of the Baltic Sea make it very vulnerable. The Baltic Sea has 9 riparian countries and therefore close international cooperation as well as sectoral cooperation is needed in order to move towards healthier ecosystems in the whole Baltic Sea Region.
Baltic Compass is a Pan Baltic project where the 22 partners from all the riparian countries share their practical and scientific knowledge about agriculture and the environment. Baltic Compass will thus function as a regional platform where participants and stakeholders can develop more efficient agro-environmental policies, share innovations and best practises, create scientific scenarios and facilitate investments. Baltic Compass fosters win-win solutions for agriculture and environment and thus led to more sustainable rural economies.
The expectations on Baltic Compass is to contribute with sharing of practical solutions and innovations (web portal), business and investment facilitation (advice and networking), strategic risk assessment concerned with land use and animal husbandry (science and scenarios) and the policy adaptation required (political and ministerial level dialogue).
The concrete benefit for the farmers will be better access to decision support when investing for future businesses in the sensitive Baltic ecosystems – independently in which Baltic Sea Region country.
Baltic Compass is regarded as a strategic level project by the financier the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 for its contributions to investments and policy environments. The project will in a practical manner encompass the political ideas of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Partners:Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water Resources (CRICUWR), RUE Scientific Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences, Aarhus University, Agro Business Park, Estonian Institute for Sustainable Development/SEI-Tallinn, Tallinn University of Technology (TTU), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), MTT – Agrifood Research Finland, State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of the Federal State Schleswig-Holstein, Union Farmers Parliament, Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania (BEF), Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service (LAAS), Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics (LAEI), Institute of Technology and Natural Sciences (ITP) (former Warsaw University of Life Sciences, WULS), Institute of Meteorology and Water Management in Warsaw, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (JTI), Swedish Board of Agriculture (SJV), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish Institute, Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
Project period: 2009 – 2012.
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.
Partners: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, lead partner), Agro Business Park, MTT-Agrifood Research Finland, State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of the Federal State Schleswig-Holstein, Union Farmers’ Parliament, LTD Latvia University of Agriculture Research and Study Farm “Vecauce” og Swedish Board of Agriculture.
Project period: 2012 – 2014.