WWF supports farmers who are prepared to go the extra mile to help save the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award recognizes farmers who implement measures on their own initiative to reduce nutrient runoff and help put a stop to eutrophication.
The WWF Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award was first introduced in 2009 with the goal of inspiring farmers and decision-makers across the region to take action to save the Baltic Sea. It has since been organized eight times by the partner offices in WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme. In 2018, Ukraine and Belarus were added to the competition through the Coalition Clean Baltic partnership.
With the award, WWF recognizes individual farmers who are actively taking measures to reduce nutrient runoff and puts a spotlight on their exemplary farms. Every competition year, juries select 11 national winners from the countries in the Baltic Sea catchment area and one grand prize regional winner.
The winners receive a certificate and a nominal monetary award of 1,000 Euros. The eleven national winners serve as the nominees from which the international jury selects one main regional winner – who receives a grand prize of 10,000 Euros.
Beyond the competition itself, each of the 11 winners serve as ambassadors of sustainable farming for the entire region – sharing their unique experiences and results for all to learn from on this webpage.
Farmers from across the Baltic region were again presented with the WWF Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award in October 2021. These exemplary farmers use sustainable farming practices to reduce nutrient runoff to the Baltic Sea.
Last modified 13/01/22