On 23rd of February, 2021 Klaipeda University together with the Lithuanian Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry organized online Workshop of international project “BAPR – Phytoremediation of the Baltic Sea Region”.
The event attracted more than 35 experts from the region and representatives from the organizations and companies addressing and interested in phytoremediation methods for polluted soil on various areas. The agenda of the workshop approached the issue extensively from different point of views: European concepts and regulations, legal aspects and experience of the countries in the South Baltic region. Representatives of Lithuania, Poland and Sweden reviewed the concentrations of heavy metals, pesticides, nutrients, oil products in the soil and groundwater of sensitive areas, as well as undesirable concentrations in agricultural soils.
A number of factors have been identified as areas groups by sensitivity to pollution and hazardous concentrations of parameters in soil and groundwater in different countries. Thera are many challenges on the way to treat polluted soil by plants in the regions: different legislation and practices, politics and regulations. In addition, choosing plant species for phytoremediation is also a challenge as well as a site phytoremediation process.
During the discussion, prof. William Hogland from Linnaeus University (Sweden) reviewed the application of phytoremediation technology in Sweden. Gdansk University presented Poland polluted areas. Virgilija Gregorauskiene, a representative of the Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment and Rimas Meistinininkas a representative of public agency of “Soil Remediation Technologies”, presented Lithuania’s experience in applying phytoremediation technologies in Lithuania. Dolores Öhman, from Hässleholm Miljö AB (Sweden) presented the contribution of the BAPR project to the application of phytoremediation technologies at the municipal level.
The aim of the project is to increase the use of green technologies in the South Baltic region in order to reduce the negative impact of pollution on the environment. Phytoremediation is the process by which plants accumulate contaminants in the soil in their biomass.
The seminar is organized within the framework of the international project BAPR – Baltic Phytoremediation, financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the 2014–2020 Interreg South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperation Program.