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ALGAE – economy based ecological service of aquatic ecosystems

2018-08-01 - 2023-07-31


AlgaeService for LIFE, Project No. LIFE17 ENV/LT/000407

The project is funded by EU LIFE programme, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (Poland), and project partners.

Aim of the project

The project AlgaeService for LIFE seeks to promote best practices in ecological service and the circular economics approach by implementing innovative complex system which has both demonstration and innovation character.


  • The primary goal of the project is to demonstrate integrated efficient management of nutrients and algal nuisance blooms at the catchment scale by harvesting of cyanobacteria scums and macroalgae mats in various types of water bodies (rivers, lakes and the Curonian Lagoon).
  • To test and demonstrate the redesigning of waste biomass of cyanobacteria and macroalgae into potential valuable products for sustainable management and recycling of environmental resources.
  • To raise awareness to environmental, water quality and health hazard issues among the national governments, local authorities, the business community and society for the continuation and transfer of proposed measures application on a broader scale after the end of the Life project.

The results of the project will demonstrate the efficiency of the prototypes-harvesters for mitigation of excess algal biomass, as the source of phosphorus, nitrogen and hazardous cyanotoxins, in the ecosystems to ensure their applicability and transferability to a high variety of EU aquatic ecosystems. Also, this project focuses on developing technologies to provide a reliable, affordable, and sustainable supply of algal biomass as a feedstock source.

Projects partners

Coordinating Beneficiary – Nature Research Centre (NRC), Akademijos str. 2, 08412 Vilnius, Lithuania. http://www.gamtostyrimai.lt

Associated beneficiaries:

  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (AMU), ul. H. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712, Poznan, Poland. http://amu.edu.pl

  • Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences (INC), al. Adama Mickiewicza 33, 31-120, Krakow, Poland. http://www.iop.krakow.pl

  • Nature Heritage Fund (NHF), A. Vivulskio str. 41-113, 03114 Vilnius, Lithuania. http://www.gpf.lt

Nature Heritage Fund is responsible for raising awareness and dissemination of the project results on national and international levels, organization of communication events, also GIS analysis and updating KPI in the Web tool.

Project budget (EUR)

Duration: 01/08/2018 – 31/07/2023

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