Capacity development (WP3)

Project BEST works for capacity increase within waste water treatment plants (WWTP), industrial companies and as well as local and regional authorities to support more efficient co-treatment, management and monitoring of industrial waste water. Capacity building work includes six international thematic workshops and study visits organised as follows

  • Helsinki (FIN) Kick off on 6 – 8 February 2018 with emphasis on cooperation practices. Read more about this workshop.
  • Gdansk (PL) workshop on 11-13 June 2018 with emphasis on Phosphorous recovery. Read more about this workshop.
  • Toila (EST) workshop on 20-22 November 2018 with emphasis on hazardous substances. Read more about this workshop.
  • Riga/Jelgava (LV) workshop 2-4 April 2019 with emphasis on effluents from food and dairy production. Read more about this workshop
  • Kaliningrad (RUS) workshop 26 -28 November 2019 with emphasis on pre-treatment methods.
  • Warsaw (PL) Final conference spring 2020.

The capacity building materials and methods presented in international workshops are refined and adapted to local circumstances in national capacity development events in Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Kaliningrad organised by project partners in cooperation with national networks. Work will result in learning materials and training concept to facilitate more efficient mangement and co-treatment of industrial waste waters nationally and in the Baltic Sea Region.


Water utilities and waste water treatment professionals in the Baltic Sea Region have recognized in practice in their daily work several current challenges in the treatment of industrial waste waters at the municipal waste water treatment plants:

  • Water utilities require knowledge about potential treatment solutions as well as improved cooperation practices between the water utilities, industrial companies and authorities responsible for permits and monitoring, to better plan, further develop and monitor the treatment processes on local level.
  • Industrial companies require new knowledge and understanding about impacts of their effluents on municipal waste water treatment process and sludge utilization.
  • Authorities on local and regional level need knowledge about existing treatment challenges at the water utilities.

Responsible partners

Gdansk Water Foundation, Estonian Waterworks Association, REC Poland, Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, REC Country Office Poland

Read about the proceeding of WP3 work through this LINK

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