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Luke leads the international project SuMaNu (Sustainable Manure and Nutrient Management for Reduction of Nutrient Loss in the Baltic Sea Region) focusing on sustainable use of manure and nutrients in agriculture in the Baltic Sea region. The ultimate goal is to utilise the nutrients more efficiently and to reduce nutrient inflow to the Baltic Sea.

SuMaNu brings together four EU-funded projects which all concentrate on sustainable manure and nutrient management from different perspectives. “Via collaboration between the projects we can achieve more impact than by working alone. We analyse and summarise the knowledge and results of the four projects and produce joint recommendations for best practices on farms. The recommendations are also important in policy making”, tells SuMaNu coordinator Minna Sarvi from Luke.

Preventing nutrient loss is economically and environmentally profitable for both farmers and the societies around the Baltic Sea. For this reason, the synthesis of knowledge and recommendations are produced to benefit both targets. The impact of the SuMaNu results is guaranteed by working together with the target groups: with farmers’ organisations, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and HELCOM.

Four paths to better nutrient management

One of the participating projects in SuMaNu is Manure Standards, also led by Luke. Manure Standards aims at harmonising methods for collecting manure data in the Baltic Sea region. “SuMaNu is a great extension to the work done in Manure Standards: the high quality data of manure quantity and composition is a prerequisite for implementation of sustainable manure management on farms and in policies”, informs Manure Standards coordinator Sari Luostarinen from Luke.

The other projects involved in SuMaNu are dealing with reducing ammonia emissions and thus nitrogen losses via acidification of slurry (Baltic Slurry Acidification project), with more sustainable use of organic fertilisers on farms (GreenAgri project) and with safe fertiliser use of manure and manure-based digestates (BONUS PROMISE project).

SuMaNu was officially kicked off on 23-24 October, 2018, in Helsinki when the consortium gathered to plan ahead the 2.5 years of project implementation.

More information from SuMaNu coordinator Minna Sarvi: minna.sarvi@luke.fi, +358295326768

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Basic facts about the project:

Budget: 998 000 € of which 768 000 € is EU funding from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Luke’s budget: 221 000 €

Duration: 10/2018 – 3/2021