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Baltic Sea region: Soil carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling to combat eutrophication and climate change
by Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea/Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Baltic Sea Action Group will promote soil carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling to combat eutrophication and climate change.

Alongside land-based measures, BSAG also promotes research on sea-based measures and the internal nutrient load to restore the good ecological status of the Baltic Sea.

This is done by collecting Baltic Sea Commitments and generating public -private co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region. BSAGs Commitments are legally non-binding statements by the actor on what actions are to be taken in what time frame. By the Commitments BSAG activates all levels of society, from private actors to governments in the Baltic Sea region.

The creation of a sound scientific base for the issues at hand is also a crucial part of the work. BSAG will bring together know-how and expertise from best available sources.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Manure management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Terrestrial carbon sinks
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
December 2025
Practical pilots on carbon sequestration, and sediment nutrient removal performed
February 2019
A realistic view on carbon sequestration and soil amendment
February 2020
A view on realistic measures to counteract or eliminate the internal nutrient load
March 2019
A realistic view on the knowledge base on the biology an chemistry of bottom sediments
Financing (in USD)
50,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Chemists, soil chemists, (plant) biologists, marine biologists, sediment experts, equipment providers
Other, please specify
Ministries, communication agencies
In-kind contribution
Other foundations in the region
Basic information
Time-frame: 2018 January - 2025 December
BSAG (lead); Finnish Institute of the Environment (academic institute/government); HELCOM (intergovernmental organization: Fi, SE, DK, FRG, Pol, Lit, Lat, Est, Ru, EU); Baltic Works Commission (Fi-SE; NGO); ministries in Finland and Sweden; University of Helsinki (academic institute); University of Stockholm (academic institute); University of Gothenburg (academic institute); worldwide expertise network on carbon sequestration including the Finnish Institute of Meteorology; Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA and the University of Helsinki; expertise on bottom sediment biology, chemistry and geology (academic, private); global technology providers (private)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
All citizens around the sea; fishery; recreation; health
Contact information
Mathias Bergman, Secretary General, Ph.D., mathias.bergman@bsag.fi, +358 50 380 71 55
Helsinki, Finland
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