The project is aimed at the reduction of nutrient load into the Baltic Sea through the introduction of small-scale wastewater treatment solutions in general and dry eco toilets for individual households in particular. Within the project, 3 pilot demonstration toilets will be established for local communities situated in the Lujskij and Lomonosovskij rural districts on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. The most important activities of the project concern public awareness raising for nutrient pollutions and methods for reducing them.

  • Friends of the Baltic organized the session “Ecosystem approach to River Basin Management, role of public and citizens in water conservation and climate change adaptation” in the frame of Baltic Sea Day Forum in St. Petersburg. The event was held on March 21 as a part of Round Table “Rural settlements and agricultural enterprises to water sources protection”. The session was devoted to approaches and methods  for reducing nutrient loads on water bodies in Baltic Sea region. More than 85 people from Russia, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Sweden and Finland took part in the event.

  • March 5 Friends of the Baltic NGO participated in the meeting in the premises of the HELCOM Secretariat in Helsinki, where environmental organizations discussed the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), which expires in 2020. The meeting was organized by the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) and the Baltic Environment Forum Group (BEF).

    It was discussed how the BSAP is being implemented and what needs to be updated on current issues related to eutrophication, biodiversity and hazardous substances, and how to ensure the participation and consideration of public organizations in the BSAP audit process.

  • Cesspool? No, thanks.

    There are 3.5 thousand gardening communities and more than 2 million gardeners in the Leningrad region. Over the three summer months, there collected toilet wastes, in which there are more than 2,300 tons of nitrogen and 300 tons of phosphorus. Half a million people reside on the territory of the Leningrad Region in houses that are not connected to the sewage system. These are 2,275 tons of nitrogen and 255 tons of phosphorus per year. In the absence of treatment, untreated sewage flows into groundwater and surface water, causing eutrophication and contaminating drinking water sources. Cesspools are still the most common way to collect toilet waste in rural areas.