Finland in bid to beat Baltic eutrophication

Government to boost environmental support for agriculture, wastewater treatment in third countries

As attention turns again to the risk of poisonous algal blooms in the Baltic this summer, a new Finnish Baltic Sea protection programme is focusing on preventing further eutrophication.

A significant element of the programme is increased support for projects outside Finland, namely wastewater treatment schemes in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the major source of nutrients in the Gulf of Finland. "This is the most cost-effective single way for us to prevent further eutrophication in the Gulf," explained Tapani Korhonen of the Finnish environment ministry.

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