Together with the Klaipėda University, we are implementing the project „Renewal of the Lithuanian Baltic Sea Environmental Management Strengthening Documents (Programme of Measures)“. Tasks of the project include analysis of the effectiveness and sufficiency of existing measures in relation to economic activities, anthropogenic pressures, environmental protection objectives and indicators of good environmental status, proposal of the new measures and update of the Programme of Measures. In addition, an assessment of the measures proposed in the Baltic Sea Action Plan 2021 in terms of their applicability in Lithuania shall be made, as well as proposals for national legislation on environmental impact assessment, analysis of cost-effectivenessand cost-benefit assessment of the Programme of Measures, review of existing and, if needed, suggestion of new exceptions in accordance with the MSFD.
In January 2021, we signed a contract with UAB ESTEP and VšĮ BEF for the implementation of the project „Ex-ante evaluation of the Strategic Plan of the Lithuanian Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 and of the financial instruments“. We will assess the Strategic plan 2023–2027 for Agriculture and Rural Development of Lithuania from the point of view of biodiversity protection, climate change and air quality, water resources, human health, soil, landscape, cultural heritage and forestry by carrying out the Strategic Environmental Assessment.
In February 2021, together with the Klaipėda University, we started the project „Provision of Services to the Environmental Protection Agency of Lithuania on the Development of Documents Required for the Third Cycle Nemunas, Lielupė, Venta and Dauguva RBMPs“ , which is funded by the EU Structural Funds. The project will develop and refine descriptions and criteria for the establishment of indicators for the ecological status assessment of river and lake water body types, indicators and criteria for the hydromorphological and biological quality elements of transitional and coastal water bodies, assess the status of rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal water bodies, impact of changes in the characteristics of water bodies, identify the reasons fornon-compliance with good status, conduct economic analysis of water uses andcost recovery, define water protection objectives, etc.
In 2021 together with company PPMI Group, we finalised the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of the Partnership Agreement and Operational Programme for 2021-2027, funded by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. We examined the interventions planned in the programming documents and proposed amendments to maximize the environmental benefits and to minimize their negative environmental impacts and risks. The funding for the Operational Programme will be provided according to the priorities identified – “ Smarter Lithuania“, “ Greener Lithuania“, “ Better-Connected Lithuania“, “ More Socially Responsible Lithuania“, and “ Lithuania Closer to Citizens“. The report is available on the website of the Ministry of Finance of Lithuania.
In September, 2019, after two years of intensive work together with our partners from Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy (VDUŽŪA) (Lithuania) and Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics(AREI) (Latvia), we finished implementation of the project “Optimal catch crop solutions to reduce pollution in the transboundary Venta and Lielupe river basins” (LLI-49 CATCH POLLUTION) which was supported by the Interreg V-A Latvia-Lithuania Cross Border cooperation programme 2014-2020.
The main objective of the project was to investigate catch crop potentials to reduce agricultural pollution in the transboundary Venta and Lielupe RBDs, extend the existing knowledge about catch crops and quantify their potential environmental effects and benefits, support farmers in decision making, and initiate a dialog between farmers, experts and stakeholders about future developments of agri-environmental measures in Latvia and Lithuania.
To facilitate a wider application of catch crops, project experts prepared recommendations for catch crop support and guidance on the required implementation actions. The decision support tool was elaborated to help farmers in finding catch crop options best suiting to the needs of their farm.
AAPC experts, together with other companies
from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, participated and finalized the
project „Baltic Pilot Cases on Emission Reduction through Substitution
of Hazardous Chemicals and Resource Efficiency“ (LIFE Fit for REACH).
The AAPC experts carried out a socio-economic impact assessment of the
implementation of substitution scenarios in six partner companies and
nine non-partner companies of the project. This meant looking at the
substitution of hazardous chemical substances by less hazardous or
non-hazardous substances or the introduction of resource efficiency
measures, compared to the baseline scenario of business done as usual.
Included was the contextualisation of the wider socio-economic scale for
companies to better understand the costs and benefits that could be
achieved by on boarding related measures. The AAPC experts were also
responsible for developing Policy Recommendations to various
stakeholders stemming from the project results. The
Recommendations list the findings from the project work with companies
on substitution and improvements in chemicals management. From the
findings, recommendations were derived relating to different topics
(inventory, awareness, compliance, substitution, support tools for
In April, 2007, Center of Environmental Policy together with partners, Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy (Lithuania) and Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics (Latvia), started implementation of the project „Optimal catch crop solutions to reduce pollution in the transboundary Venta and Lielupe river basins“ (Project number: LLI-49, Project acronym: CATCH POLLUTION). This project is funded by the European Union InterregV-A Latvia-Lithuania Cross Border cooperation programme 2014-2020. Project implementation period: April 1, 2017. – September 30, 2019.