Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission


Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission


Comprehensive Policy Actions and Sustainable Solutions for Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Region (2009-2013)


Baltic COMPASS project grew out of a large number of international projects in the field of land use, agriculture, water and environment related to the protection of the Baltic Sea. Specifically, Baltic COMPASS was a response to the need for a transnational approach to reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and to build adaptive management capacity with respect to international frameworks, EU directives and the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP).

Land use for agricultural purposes in the Baltic Sea Region is expected to intensify due to climate change and increasing global demands for food and bioenergy. This is likely to exacerbate current pressures on the sensitive marine ecosystems. The competence, technologies, policies and science for developing more sustainable solutions are available in the Baltic Sea Region, but these are currently unevenly distributed and harmonized between regions, and moreover between the west and the east. This is the specific transnational challenge addressed by Baltic COMPASS.

Aim and Target Groups

The project aimed particularly to remedy the gaps in the stakeholders’ capacity and resources to combat euthrophication and communicate on the different policy levels, and the lack of trust between the environmental and agricultural sectors. The project aimed to support win-win solutions for agriculture, environment and the people throughout the Baltic Sea Region. 22 partners from authorities, interest organizations and research institutes in Finland, Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden constituted the partnership.

The target groups for Baltic COMPASS were governments, authorities, agencies, interest organizations and companies with influence on land use in the Baltic Sea Region.


In collaboration with the Swedish Board of Agriculture, HELCOM was providing insights within the COMPASS Work Package 6, regarding Baltic Sea Region level policy dialogue in agriculture and environment issues for the benefit of the Baltic Sea. More specifically, HELCOMs tasks included “Exploring cross sector and cross border dialogues”. The task run from July to December 2012.


Full sets of materials – event proceedings, project reports, external reports and newsletters – are available at the project website/materials (

The project run from December 2009 until December 2012 and had a budget of 6,7 MEUR co-financed by the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Further Information

Please visit the project website for details and follow-up of the project activities.