Buffering & Reducing Baltic Sea Nitrate Pollution
BirdLife aims to increase the level of knowledge and competence of agriculture practitioners, theoreticians, and decision-makers in Poland regarding possible nature-based solutions, in order to reduce nitrate pollution in the Baltic Sea caused by inappropriate agricultural management. The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in Europe, with 97% of its area affected by eutrophication (the gradual increase in the concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen). Five rivers are the main sources of nutrient loss, carrying 69.4% of the total amount of pollutants, of which two (Vistula and Odra) run through Poland. In such places, increasing pressure from agriculture contributes to growing pollution of surface waters. By gathering sufficient knowledge and good practices on proper design of wetland buffer zones, and buffer strips along watercourses – the project will develop and promote among decision-makers, agriculture advisors, the scientific community, and NGOs, a model for agricultural land management based on nature, to minimize pollution runoff into surface waters.
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