BONUS TOOLS2SEA will assess how national regulatory traditions, individual attitudes and human behaviour shape nutrient management policies, in order to understand countries’ policy performance around the Baltic Sea and beyond. In addition, BONUS TOOLS2SEA will provide a synthesis of the most reliable cost and benefit estimates, identifying socio-economically suitable policy instruments for spatially targeted nutrient management. It will take into account distributional implications, regional disparities and possible win-win approaches. To facilitate the accomplishment of Baltic Sea Action Plan targets, BONUS TOOLS2SEA will provide an outlook on possible future directions in emissions abatement. BONUS TOOLS2SEA will also identify critical gaps in current knowledge and translations into practice to provide suggestions for pilot experiments and innovations.

BONUS TOOLS2SEA will screen and synthesize results from previous BONUS funded projects (MIRACLE; GO4BALTIC; GOHERR; BALTICAPP; COCOA; SOILS2SEA) relating to nutrient management. Moreover, BONUS TOOLS2SEA will summarize research results and insights from a broad array of studies, projects and publications available in the international literature, as well as in the national languages of the Baltic Sea region. In addition, stakeholders from farming, NGO’s and government agencies will be invited to provide input in an early phase of the project and a policy scenario workshop scheduled for Fall 2019, where preliminary findings will be presented and reviewed.

Results from BONUS TOOLS2SEA will be subject to the highest standards of peer review, and they will be available in a condensed version as policy briefs accompanied by infographics, with summaries in national languages of the Baltic Sea Region. Three sets of brochures will target farmers, water planners and investors respectively.

A consortium of four partners is responsible for BONUS TOOLS2SEA, including Baltic Studies Centre (Latvia), Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Aarhus University (Denmark).

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