About

About

The objective of WATERDRIVE is to implement new and smarter water management practices in agricultural landscapes reducing nutrient loads in range of 30-50 %. This will be achieved through innovative means of collaboration across sectors in a development context of high ecosystem productivity, resource efficient growth and risk management. Local authorities, farming communities, agricultural advisory services and other water- and land managers are the main target groups. Activities involves Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

WATERDRIVE will provide the Baltic Sea Region with (1) new tools for cross-sector collaboration, (2) innovative digital technologies and methods for doing the right thing at the right place, (3) adapting policies and financing for managing water on landscape level, and (4) implementing a capacity building program for smart water management in agricultural landscapes of the Baltic Sea Region.

The work to reduce nutrient loadings in WATERDRIVE is integrated with managing risks connected with flooding and drought making it increasingly difficult for food producers to produce our daily food. The most important step in that direction is how to keep the water availability in the agricultural landscape for longer periods.

The partnership represent all target groups and combines local authorities, agricultural advisory services, farmers and land- and water managers with academia. Lead partner is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU

WATERDRIVE is part of the EUSBSR PA Bioeconomy Flagship project FLOW Baltic lead by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. FLOW Baltic was initiated in 2013 as an umbrella activity and consists of:

preparation projects financed by CBSS Project Support Facility (FLOW Baltic flagship initiation project, August 2014-July 2015) and the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility (Sustainable rural water management for sustainable agriculture-FLOW BSR, February 2016-February 2017); as well as two full-scale projects

Central Baltic Interreg Programme project NUTRINFLOW-Practical actions for holistic drainage management for reduced nutrient inflow to the Baltic Sea (September 2015-February 2019), and now the currently running

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme project WATERDRIVE (January 2019-June 2021)

5 Work packages

WP1

Project coordination and management

Lead: Staffan Lund/Hallvard Wie, SLU

Outputs:

  • Implementation plan
  • Communication strategy
  • Financial management
  • Program reporting

WP2

Cross-sector implematation

Lead: Frank Bondgaard, SEGES

Outputs:

  • 2.1 Reaching further together – a cross-sector participatory toolbox.
  • 2.2 Building trust in cross-sector local water management – a leadership manual for practitioners.
  • 2.3 New services for water management in agricultural landscapes – a catalogue of ideas and experiences

Collaboration

WP2 implementation team
Pilot regions – focus groups
Main partners: SEGES, SBWA, SJV, PRO-AGRIA, CDR, LLUR

WP3

Advancing new technologies and methods

Lead: Aivars Lagzdinz, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, LLU

Outputs:

  • 3.1 Information on characteristics of new and innovative agri-environment measures – a guideline for local authorities, advisors and farmers.
  • 3.2 Digital Multiscale Decision Support System – a new application for smartphones to optimize location of measures in agricultural landscapes.
  • 3.3 Spatial planning to control risks with drought and flooding in downstream agricultural areas – a new framework for risk mitigation

Collaboration
WP3 implementation team
Pilot regions – focus groups
Main partners: LLU, SLU, VÄSTERVIK, LUKE, SYKE, DRAINAGE A/S

WP4

Adapting policies and financing

Lead: Kaja Peterson, SEI Tallinn

Outputs:

  • 4.1 Policy gaps and bottlenecks for smarter water management in agricultural landscapes – report and policy briefs.
  • 4.2 Pilot cases on policy integration, implementation and financing – policy briefs and case area reports.
  • 4.3 Policy recommendations and strategies – targeted policy briefs and report.

Collaboration

WP4 implementation team
National associated organisations and authorities
BSR regional organisations
Pilot regions-focus groups
Main partners: SEIT, SJV, ZSA, BEF

WP5

Strategic impacts and environmental investments

Lead: Katarzyna Izydorczyk, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology, ERCE

Outputs:

  • 5.1 Recommendations for water management in agricultural areas of the Baltic Sea Region
  • 5.2 Comprehensive water management, multi-purpose, multi-media educational package
  • 5.3 Development of large technical investment projects – A roadmap/report

Collaboration
WP5 implementation team
Pilot regions – focus groups
Main partners: ERCE, PHENO, BSAG