BALTIC COMPACT PARTNERSThe partnership is formed by selected organisations which are essential to successful implementation of the project, including the investments, with each partner having a key role compatible to their statutory positions and tasks. The partnership comprises national and sub-regional authorities, national focal points for agro-environmental research and agro-technology development, farmers' organisation and a training farm. The partners' statutory roles enable direct engagement of relevant associated organisations in the project and therefore provide a link to mirror the project aims and activities with ongoing developments. The partners are also connected to key regional networks in the environment, agricultural producers and agro-environment technology sectors.
The lead partner (SLU) as a national authority has a statutory role as a focal point for EU level strategies and programmes, and a focal point for research and environmental monitoring. Experiences and viewpoints regarding adaptation of the project contributions into national context are provided through partners from Sweden (Jordbruksverket), Finland (MTT) and Germany (LLUR). Latvian farmers' parliament and Vecauce farm represent the agricultural producers. Representing the country with most intensive agricultural production in the region, ABP (Denmark) provides solid technological knowledge and experience in addressing policy gaps and identification of business opportunities connected with agro-environment technologies.
Baltic Compact is divided into 4 work packages (WP:s):
WP1: Management and administration
WP2: Information and communication
WP3: Local level planning and stakeholder empowerment
WP4: Investments and demonstration of biogas and drainage technologies
The project stresses communication on local, national, international levels across the different stakeholder groups as a cross-cutting activity.
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) leads WP1 and WP2 and participates in WP3 and WP4. SLU is a national authority under the Ministry of Agriculture. SLU has a long-standing history of international co-operation in agricultural pollution control in the Baltic Sea Region. SLU developed and coordinated the main stage project Baltic COMPASS. In Baltic Compact SLU will be responsible for consolidating project results and main outputs from WP2 and coordinate the arrangement of regional meetings and the main conferences. SLU will also support the project’s communication and demonstration activities with its strong capacity in diffuse nutrient assessment and sub-regional scenarios on impact of agro-environment measures on nutrient losses, partly developed in Baltic COMPASS project.
Contact Person: Kaj Granholm, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABP Agro Business Park
Contact Person: Henning Lyngsø Foged, email@example.com
ZSA Latvian Union Farmers Parliament
Latvian Farmers' Parliament has a strong position between the farmers and the ministry level in Latvia being active in both national level and on the EU level. Also for many years, it has good working relationship with Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, state institutions and other farmer organisations. The Farmers’ Parliament supports the policy dialogue by providing the link to the opinion of the agricultural sector. ZSA will work closely with LLUR on the introduction and testing of the approaches to local level stakeholder empowerment in Latvia and will arrange a series of meetings with farmers and other stakeholders about local and farm level planning of agro-environment measures. Here, the cooperation networks of ZSA are essential. Furthermore, through past cooperation with Vecauce farm, ZSA is in a good position to facilitate the implementation and demonstration of the investment at the Latvian biogas plant. ZSA participates in all work packages with emphasis in WP3 (co-leader) and WP4.
Contact Person: Zanda Kruklite, firstname.lastname@example.org
LTD Latvia University of Agriculture Research and Study Farm "Vecauce" (WP4) is a state owned farm specialized in training of university students and demonstration activities for the agricultural sector as a whole. It will implement an investment upgrading the biogas process and enhancing the environmental benefit from the recirculation and reutilization of animal manure on the farm. The farm is responsible for the implementation of the investment as well as for consequent demonstration activities and training seminars. It is situated in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone and serves as a link to other farms in the region.
Contact Person: Iveta Grudovska, email@example.com
MTT Agrifood Research Finland
MTT-Agrifood Research Finland is an expert body operating under the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. MTT is a national focal point in environmental research and policy development and regularly participates in ministerial working groups. In addition to the link to the national policy level dialogue, MTT brings specific expertise in sustainable biogas production, manure handling and organic fertilization practices. Furthermore, MTT will verify and demonstrate the benefits of the innovative drainage solutions. Participation in the project enables MTT to reflect on the results of their earlier work with manure and nutrient recycling in the international setting as well as advance the results of the Baltic MANURE project after its completion in 2013. MTT will take part in all WPs with emphasis in WP2 and WP4.
Contact Person: Markku Järvenpää, firstname.lastname@example.org
LLUR State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of the German Federal State Schleswig-Holstein
Swedish board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket)
The Swedish Board of Agriculture is the government's expert authority in the field of agricultural and food policy and horticulture. Its statutory responsibilities include implementation of policy, monitoring, analysing and reporting to the government. Administration of the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is a major task and in this capacity SJV can provide insights on the feasibility of adaptation in the administrative system to reach the project objectives. The role of SJV in the project is to reflect the work and contribute to the consolidation of lessons from WP3 and WP4, and to facilitate and increase the real value of the macro-regional policy relevant dialogue.
Contact Person: Emma Svensson, email@example.com