Macroalgae production is an upcoming sector for growing biomass for producing food, consumables such as plastics and energy without competing for arable land, depleting fresh water and using non-renewable fertiliser. However, the sector is still in its infancy in the Baltic Sea Region and there is a lack of in-depth and wide-spread knowledge on the potential benefits of macroalgae production. To deal with this challenge, GRASS aims to raise awareness and build capacity on macroalgae cultivation, harvesting and use among public authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the region. Public authorities, ministries, planning regions and counties play a crucial role in promoting macroalgae as they are the main legislative bodies that also control much of national and regional funding.
Project lifetime: 01.01.2019 – 30.06.2021
Total project budget: 2,001,257.80 Euro
ERDF: 1,946,057.80 Euro
ENI + Russia: 55,200.00 Euro
Own contribution: 26,308.65 Euro
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University of Tartu
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (NMFRI)
University of Turku
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE)
Republic of Estonia Ministry of the Environment
Kurzeme Planning Region
Interregional charitable public organization "Biologists for nature conservation"
The Municipality of Guldborgsund
Republic of Estonia Ministry of Rural Affairs
The Regional Council of Southwest Finland
The Finnish Ministry of the Environment
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and Environment
The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment
The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland
Competence Network Aquaculture of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein
John Nurminen Foundation
Maritime Office in Gdynia
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