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Planning Toolbox


Project is dedicated to investigating and learning more across the Baltic Sea Region concerning water management in agricultural landscapes. The basic question is if local level and cross-actor collaboration can play a more significant role in reaching set targets and policies? Waterdrive will investigate this in a number of case areas across the Baltic Sea Region. The findings will form recommendations for action on multipe levels such as governmental, agricultural advisory systems and local governments.

Several key assumptions and questions form the basis of Waterdrive:

  • Local communities and cross-sector cooperation can play a more significant role in the transitions than achieved so far. How can local cooperation be organised, and what are the experiences so far?
  • Farmers and local communities will require new, more holistic water management services to cope with the challenges ahead. What types of new services are requested and required?
  • There is a need for multi-scale decision support in determining the most optimal locations for measures and spatial planning purposes. How can digital data be combined and used at different scales for that purpose?
  • Can the current policy environment for water and land management meet future challenges and support a smart transition? What would changes to the policy environment look like?
  • The main target groups for Waterdrive are local authorities and farming communities in agricultural landscapes of the Baltic Sea Region and national authorities responsible for policy development. The project is active in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Denmark.

Waterdrive involves 23 partners representing advisory services, local authorities, interest organisations, national authorities and academia. The lead partner is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.



The development of Toolbox is the fulfilment of the need developed during the first two years of the project’s operation under WP 3.3.

WP3 is about spatial planning on a local level and utilising existing scattered information and knowledge about geophysical conditions and land-use. The impact of agriculture on water quality is mainly formed outside the growing season by the nutrients transported by the drainage waters of the field parcels, which undermine the ecological status of recipient water bodies.

After the project Partners gathered good practices in the BSR area ready for duplication, there was a need to catalog and present them.

The WATERDRIVE consortium decided that it would be best to put these experiences on one website, using a readable search engine to present them.

The implementation of this task was undertaken by the Pheno Horizon team led by Małgorzata Grodzicka-Kowalczyk and Maciej Kowalczyk. We invite You to find out details about the solutions.

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