CITYWATER overview

What and why

“CITYWATER – Benchmarking water protection in cities” was a three year project (2012-2015) that worked for improving the state of coastal waters in the Baltic Sea. Focus was on concrete water protection measures at the local level, with an emphasis on the role of cities and municipalities.
Cities and municipalities around the Baltic Sea directly benefit from healthy coastal waters, but they also affect the state of the sea through their various activities. Thus cities and municipalities play a key role for improving the state of coastal waters and the Baltic Sea as a whole.
CITYWATER worked in close collaboration with the Baltic Sea Challenge network. The main geographical focus of the project is the Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


  • Demonstration of the Baltic Sea Challenge network
  • Environmental communication in the Baltic States
  • Storm water constructions in Helsinki, Tallinn and Turku
  • Cost-benefit analysis of reducing eutrophication
  • Dissemination of project results

CITYWATER in brief

  • Focus:  Concrete local measures for saving the Baltic Sea
  • Partners: City of Helsinki (lead partner), City of Turku, Tallinn City and Tallinn University
  • Duration: 1 October 2012 – 31 December 2015
  • Budget: EUR 1.2 million
  • Funding: Co-financed by the European Commission Life+ programme (50%), the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, and by partners