BERAS Implementation – Baltic Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society
BERAS Implementation project will contribute to achieve a good environmental status in the Baltic Sea, reinforce the sustainability of agriculture and enhance rural development in the region.
The objective of the BERAS Implementation project is to realize the Baltic Sea Action Plan, EU Water Framework Directive and EU Marin Strategy Framework Directive through conversion of the food system to effective recycling of nutrients and no use of pesticides in line with BERAS results combined with other known measures in all BSR (Baltic Sea Region) countries.
- Recycling and sustainable use of resources will be strengthen through involving the whole food chain from farmer to consumer on a local and regional scale that also contributes to rural development.
- Exchange and build ecological competence will be realized in the whole food chain with a focus on market driven development of the ecological sector.
Conversion process will be driven by:
1) Increasing market demand through education of private and institutional consumers about “Diet for a clean Baltic”
2) Increasing competence among farmers
3) Introducing techniques and knowledge about ERA (Ecological Recycling Agriculture) to agriculture advisory services, in agricultural authorities
4) Developing agricultural policy instruments to overcome economic barriers for conversion and provide long term economic incentives for low input recycling agriculture in line with Polluter Pay Principle.
BERAS Implementation is a broad network of project partners and associated organisations, which includes national and local authorities, large and small businesses, universities, research institutes and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the whole Baltic Sea basin, Belarus, Russia and Norway. There are total of 25 partners from 9 countries. Lead Applicant is the Södertörn University from Sweden.
For more detailed information visit projects homepage: www.beras.eu
Teaching material for pupils up to third class by Anne Luik. The goal is to bring the pupils understanding in organic food production process, role of different organisms in food chain, principles of local food society and recycling. For children 5-9 years old. In Estonian and English.
We Share a Sea
Teaching material for pupils up to fifth class by Ulla Skovsböl and Eva Wulff. The goal is to make the pupils understand the connections between agriculture, food habits and environmental damage, and to see how you can influence by eating organic, locally produced food. In Estonian, Lithuanian, German, English and Danish. Visit http://weshareasea.eu/ to learn more.
For other publications to farmers, advisers, policy makers etc. visit Beras Implementation homepage.
Contact in Estonian University of Life Sciences: Sirli Pehme, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org