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Recent workshop on 'Effective manure management reducing nutrient losses to the Baltic'

Significant opportunities for nutrient recycling as well as decreasing nutrient losses to the Baltic Sea can be achieved through effective manure management, the topic of the 2-day workshop which was organised November 19_20 in Vantaa, Finland.
 
The aim of the workshop, organized by HELCOM, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), is to help further develop national standards for manure and also put them in practice. This is much needed as such national system for nutrient content in manure will be the basis for smart nutrient management in agriculture and also for reducing nutrient losses in the region.
 
Developing national standards for manure, as well as recommendations on using such standard, were among the key targets set in the 2013 HELCOM Ministerial Declaration for regional work on agriculture.
 
Creating a system of manure standards, as in evaluating the nutrient content values of different types of manure, is an opportunity to unify understanding on manure quality and thus build a joint basis for manure management and fertilizer use.
 
Examples of national manure standards already exist in some Baltic Sea countries. The workshop participants - representatives of agricultural and environmental authorities and research organizations in the Baltic Sea countries; as well as HELCOM Observers - share their national experiences and work together to find the next steps towards developing guidelines for the use of national manure standards.
 
Workshop site 
 

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