Two new employees join the NutriTrade project

Effective 2 November 2015, Anna Saarentaus, M.Sc. (Agriculture and Forestry) has been appointed project manager and Anni Kujala financial administration coordinator for the NutriTrade project, launched by the Foundation earlier this year. Both appointments to the partly EU-funded NutriTrade project team will continue until August 2018.

Anna Saarentaus, project manager of the NutriTrade project, is in charge of creating a voluntary nutrient trade system in the Baltic Sea area, and of leading an EU-funded project consortium.

Anna is a project management professional. For more than 15 years, she has been a project manager in international business management consulting, working on all phases of development projects from the development and pitching of ideas to project planning and implementation. Anna has a Master’s in agriculture and forestry, and has also studied environmental sciences and communication.

Anni Kujala is responsible for project reporting, budget follow-up, and guidance and support given to project partners. Anna has worked with the financial administration tasks of various publicly funded projects. By education, she is a Bachelor of Hospitality Management, and she is currently complementing her skills in services through a training programme on customer-centred service development.

Saarentaus Anna_9046‘For me, it is wonderful to be working in a project where we can bring together measures that reduce nutrient loads with voluntary funders, and ensure that the nutrient load reductions are verified in a trustworthy manner’, says Anna Saarentaus (see photo).

The NutriTrade project creates new and innovative tools for reaching the reduction goals set for nutrient discharges, and promotes cost-efficient, international measures for reducing nutrient discharges in the catchment area of the Baltic Sea. The NutriTrade application platform, created in the project, will bring together efficient nutrient reduction measures and those voluntary financiers who wish to compensate their nutrient discharges and neutralise their nutrient footprint.

In addition to the John Nurminen Foundation, the project is implemented by the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the University of Helsinki, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The project’s total budget is €2.2 million, and it is funded partly by the EU Interreg Central Baltic programme, and partly by the Regional Council of Southwest Finland. The project is one of the flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: these projects seek to reduce discharges significantly, and, as a consequence, promote the Baltic Sea’s restoration to a good ecological status.