Aquaponics in Roslagen (Akvaponi i Roslagen)

The project will, through knowledge-raising initiatives and with support from the Swedish Board of Agriculture, LEADER Stockholmsbygd and Roslagens Sparbank's foundations, build and demonstrate a facility with an Aquaponics (recycling system that grows fish on land in combination with crops). The facility will be used in our premises that the public, rural companies and other stakeholders can take part in.

The goal is that companies and other actors in rural areas (economic associations, rural companies, etc.) to embrace the idea of cultivating in a closed system, to have the opportunity to grow, diversify their companies, help to have a long-term sustainable society that does not allows a negative impact on the environment and also cultivation for households. The project also wants to use our facilities to give children and young people opportunities to learn more about natural cycles, water as a resource and how to produce food in a sustainable way. This to create knowledge early in life to create long-term sustainability. We want to encourage more companies to take part in new solutions and innovative ways to increase profitability that also protect our environment. Give them the opportunity to visit our demo, take part of current research and get knowledge on new technologies and much more.

We also want to spread knowledge to those who already grow vegetables for household use in the summer. This to create interest in creating their own all year-round indoor farming and contribute to more locally farmed crops. By making an inventory of knowledge, we intend to create a basis for future educational initiatives that match the needs of the market.

The purpose of the project is to raise the level of knowledge about and increase interest in circular flows in food production among various stakeholders in the region of Norrtälje. We want companies to be inspired to possibly diversify and invest in aquaponics with increased profitability and competitiveness as a result. Private individuals, community associations, etc. can also gain increased understanding and be provided with tools for starting / developing farms for their own use.

We now accept visits from preschools and schools for a tour in our aquaponic demo. Book your visit here today. Welcome!

For more information, contact:
Donatella Acquaviva, project leader UCV | | 0176 – 28 61 25


The project BATSECO-BOAT aims at:

BATSECO-BOAT improves the capacity and service level of sewage sludge collecting in small boat ports along the Estonian coast and in Finnish, Swedish and Åland archipelago areas. The project focuses on finding and investing in best technical solutions for sewage collecting pump-out stations, highlighting the local needs and requirements, cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness.

The project will result in:

• Surveys and studies to identify best practices as well as gaps and needs in the pump-out station network
• New pump-out stations for the project area; in Sweden, Finland and Estonia.
• Already existing floating pump-out stations will be repaired and possibly relocated in the Finnish archipelago to better fulfill the needs of the boaters.

The project is a joint cooperation venture of:

University of Turku, Finland| Keep the Archipelago Tidy, Finland |Ecoloop AB, Sweden | Campus Roslagen, Sweden| Norrtälje Municipality, Sweden| Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy, Estonia |Viimsi Municipality, Estonia

Start date: dec 2017
End date: maj 2021
Budget: 1,48M €
Funding programme: The Central Baltic Programme

Find out more:

Project Leader (Campus Roslagen - UCV): Donatella Acquaviva ||


Collaborative Land-Sea Integration Platform

Towards 2050: Road Maps for Land-Sea Synergy – Increasing economic development while reducing the environmental impacts

By combining local knowledge and scientific expertise in a co-creation process, the COASTAL multi-actor research and innovation project engages actors and stakeholders to develop practical business opportunities and policy solutions by improved coastal-rural collaboration. This will be done by identifying problems and setting up evidence-based business roadmaps and policy solutions, focusing on economic growth, marine spatial planning, and environmental protection, including inland water quality.

Multi-Actor Labs (MALs) in the project are co-creation platforms in which experts, economic operators and administrations collaborate to define the different opportunities and synergies for joint rural and coastal development. The MALs are centred around six selected coastal regions with their specific opportunities and challenges: Belgian Coastal Zone, South-West Messinia, Norrström/Baltic, Charente River Basin, Danube Mouth and River Basin, Mar Menor Coastal Lagoon.

During this process the MAL participants will: a) identify the relevant economic, social, and environmental processes influencing land-sea interactions b) identify the obstacles and opportunities for economic and administrative synergy between the coastal zone and hinterland c) propose business and policy solutions to address the issues identified. The results produced by the MALs will be used in a systems-dynamics approach to identify underpinned, long-term strategies for improving regional development, spatial planning, and coastal-rural synergy. Feedback from MAL participants will allow refining this analysis in a second stage of the project.

Project outcomes:
in-depth understanding of the mid- and long-term impacts of coastal-rural synergy and related systemic transitions evidence-based business road maps and policy solutions with relevant indicators an online platform for coastal-rural knowledge exchange tools, examples and practice abstracts demonstrating the added value of coastal-rural synergy.

Start date: 01.05.2018
End date: 30.04.2022
Budget: € 4,999,943.75
Funding programme: H2020-RUR-02-2017
Project website:
COASTAL Knowledge Exchange Platform:


RETROUT is a ‘Blue Growth’ project funded by the EU-INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Program and Roslagens Sparbank Foundation. The main objective of the project is to improve the potential for coastal fishing tourism in the Baltic Sea Region through improved ecological health of the rivers, strengthened governance for fishing tourism and the development of the fishing industry. Nandita Singh, a docent from KTH and currently employed as a project leader at UCV, is responsible for a sub-project within RETROUT, which will investigate the causes of the problems by comparing successful and failed river restoration projects. Failed projects are those that were never implemented, did not have the intended effect or had low cost-effectiveness. In each project data is gathered about the ecological effect of installed fishing routes, costs, construction time, legal processes and other difficulties. In a communication study, business owners and involved authorities will be interviewed. By comparing these data between successful and failed projects we will be able to propose methods and procedures for future restoration projects. The results of the comparative study will be tested in pilot projects in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Poland. In Norrtälje, the result of this part of the project will be applied to Skeboån to improve the trout stock. Then, the project will improve Norrtälje Municipality’s potential for sustainable fishing tourism by supporting local actors training fishing guides and developing fishing tourism offers. The combined results from the comparative study and the pilot projects will be summarized and finally contribute to the ‘Baltic toolbox’ that will contain recommendations on “Best Practice” for river restoration. The project will run from 2018-2020 and led by the Stockholm County Administrative Board, with Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia and Finland as partners. The total project budget is 3.6 million Euro.

Project leader and contact person is Nandita Singh,

Establishment of a research platform

We establish a research platform to help solve Norrtälje municipality’s challenges in the water sector.

Norrtälje municipality has a wide range of challenges regarding water, with several issues such as lack of water and wells with quality problems and nutrient. Norrtälje has the largest share of individual wastewater of all Swedish municipalities. Norrtälje municipality is esteted to have about 33 000 individual sewers, most in the country. In addition, the ongoing transformation of leisure areas into permanent housing entails a great need to be able to strategically plan for even greater stress on water resources and recipients.

The research platform will be established by connecting to universitys and colleges that will be able to place research and education in the area of Campus Roslagen. Primarily, research projects will be about small-scale drinking and wastewater technology as well as strategic social issues related to these. For example water scarcity and pollution frome individual sewers and community planning in areas on the coast and in the archipelago.

Norrtälje has a strategically very good location between Stockholm, Uppsala, Åland and Finland at the same time as sparsely populated and archipelago municipality is an excellent place for field studies, especially considering the challenges.

Test bed Drinking water

Test bed drinking water is a VINNOVA-funded project led by the Development Center for Water at Campus Roslagen i Norrtälje. We collaborate with companies that work with small-scale drinking water technology for household purposes, as well as with authorities and academies.

Many private properties in Sweden are not affiliated with the municipal water supply. There is a market for small-scale drinking water purification technology. Society’s increased awareness of drinking water quality means that this market is growing. In particular, water filters and RO plants are increasingly used and today many small companies offer different products. In Sweden, on the other hand, it is still unregulated with the quality of drinking water for private use (for up to 50 persons) and legal requirements need to be developed. Today, great demands are placed on the owner, since it is up to him to check that his water is decent.

The idea of the test bed is to offer companies the opportunity to test and develop various small-scale techniques to make unsuitable water drinkable under different operating conditions. We will also be able to test filter material separately and other materials in contact with drinking water. The goal is to be able to offer quality certification for efficiency and sustainability tests.

We are currently rebuilding a municipal waterwork in Norrtälje municipality. The waterwork gets water through three wells with different water quality, which means that the facility offers the opportunity to test water purification equipment in a so-called constructed user environment. After that, most measurements needed for drinking water tests can be performed in our lab.

Norrtälje municipality is a very suitable region to establish the test bed in because it has among the highest number of summer houses in Sweden. In addition, many of these houses are converted into permanent housing. The test bed is expected to be ready for test projects in the first quarter of 2019.

First stage of the project: pilot SITE 0 on Kaserngatan 11 is completed and the first filter has been tested. Are you interested or would you like to know more about the project, please contact Amelia Morey Strömberg via e-mail or phone 0176-28 61 17.

Test bed wastewater

Test bed waste water is a VINNOVA-funded project led by us at Development Center for Water. We collaborate with companies that works with small-scaled sewage treatment technology, as well as with authorities and academies.

New rules on discharges of waste water to surface and groundwater means that many households today need to upgrade their solutions. There is a market for small-scale sewage treatment technology. The idea with this test bed is to offer companies the opportunity to test and develop, mainly, ground-based sewage treatment technology, e.g. infiltration or ground beds. Right now, we are planning how the test facility will be built and organized. We intend to build a test bed with the possibility of installing about 6 sewage plants. From nearby apartments, we will pump sewage into each sewage system. The test bed offers the opportunity to test sewage treatment technology in a so-called constructed user environment. Then we can make most of the measurements needed in our lab. The planning phase is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2018 and we intend to start building it in 2019. Norrtälje municipality is a very suitable region to establish the test bed in because the municipality has the highest number of summer houses in Sweden that are depended on small-scale sewage treatment technology. Many of these houses are also converted into permanent houses.