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Environmental economic research as a tool in the protection of the Baltic Sea

Costs and benefits of reducing eutrophication

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This report reviews the findings of an ecological/economicanalyses regarding the on-going and prospective effortsto reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea, conducted byBalticSTERN, an international research network. The results indicate that the overall benefits of fulfillingthe targets of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP)clearly outweigh their aggregate costs, suggesting thatthe BSAP is an economically sound plan for solvingthe transboundary eutrophication problem. The cost ofinaction - not implementing the objectives of the BSAP -would be significant.

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Cost-benefit analysis of the BSAP

The overall benefits of implementing the BSAP clearly outweigh the aggregate costs of nutrient abatement provided that the remaining efforts are costeffectively allocated across alternative measures. This result gives clear support to aim for full implementation of the BSAP. Reconciling the principles of equity and cost-effectiveness in water protection remains an important challenge for future international and national policies.

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