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Dissemination of the experience of international project RBR in the seminar “Baltic Marine and Near-Shore Pollution”

On 12th of May, 2021 Klaipeda University organized online seminar “Baltic Marine and Near-Shore Pollution” which is a part of international project “Reviving Baltic Resilience (RBR)” funded by the EU Interreg South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperation Program.

Event participants had the opportunity to learn about the results of the implementation of pilot cases in Sweden, Poland and Lithuania, to find out about Lithuanian Baltic Sea environmental status, marine litter research results and Klaipeda researchers’ project achievements and future perspectives.

RBR project leading partner prof. dr. habil. inž. Jan Hupka from Gdansk University of Technology drew the audience’s attention to the fact that pilot investments – crucial action in implementing proactive technologies. All 4 pilot cases of this project referred to mitigation of particulate matter emissions to the Baltic Sea. The professor further shared the experience of the pilot case implemented in Poland – modification of ship yacht “Photon” engine to DME fuel, which accordingly reduces the emissions of particulate matter from the diesel engine. Prof. William Hogland of Linnaeus University, Sweden reviewed the application of phytoremediation technology in Sweden, where oil products have been removed using plants. Anna Sorelius from the waste management company NSR AB in Sweden presented the results of tests for the removal of PFAS (perfluoroalkylated and polyfluoroalkylated materials) from the landfill leachate at the largest municipal and industrial waste landfill in Filborne, Sweden. Head of the Marine Environment Assessment Division of the Environmental Protection Agency Aistė Kubiliūtė provided detailed information on the state of the Baltic Sea environment, the main factors influencing the Baltic Sea. Scientist of the Marine Research Institute of Klaipeda University dr.Arūnas Balčiūnas shared the results of marine litter research in the Baltic Sea coastal zone. Marketing specialist of the Economic Development Division of the Palanga City Municipality Administration Aušra Šikšnienė presented a Lithuanian pilot case – a sand cleaning machine, which significantly improved the condition of the beaches and reduced the pollution of the Palanga coastal area. Klaipeda University prof. Olga Anne presented the RBR project’s intervention logic, summarizing the project results in Lithuania. Klaipeda University researcher dr. Donatas Bagočius shared research and insights about shipborne underwater noise pollution in the seaport of Klaipeda.

The seminar was organized within the framework of the international project RBR – Reviving Baltic Resilience, financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the 2014–2020 Interreg South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperation Program. More about project please read here:  RBR project