Key messages of the project

 BERAS Implementation is a transnational project part-financed by the European Union and Norway (The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 – 2013). It involves 24 partners from 9 countries around the Baltic Sea and 35 associated organisations, also from Russia and Norway.

We promote a genuine ecological alternative for a good environmental status of the Baltic Sea, mitigating adverse climate effects from agriculture and secure a sustainable and prosperous development in the region.

1  The environment of the Baltic Sea is endangered. High input of nutrients from agriculture is a main source.

2  The objective of BERAS Implementation is to establish ecological recycling  agriculture (ERA farms) in intensive agricultural areas and thereby reduce input of nutrients and pesticides to the Baltic Sea.

3  By connecting the ERA farms to the other actors in the food chain – processors, distributors, and consumers – we will create fully integrated examples of local Sustainable Food Societies. These networks will be developed in all partner countries. They will function as learning centres and hopefully inspire other similar initiatives.

4  Practical guidelines as well as economic and market guidelines will be important outcomes to guide farmers and other actors in the food chain to convert successfully to ERA. Educational materials will be developed for basic schools, universities and farmers.

Did you know?

Clover and other leguminous species have the capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen due to their symbiosis with rhizobium bacteria in their root nodules.

The nitrogen fixated in the soil functions as fertilizer for other crops in a crop rotation.

Fixation of nitrogen builds up the humus content in the soil which also has the advantage of reducing it as a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere