Joining forces to fight agricultural run-off

Nitrogen and pesticides linked to agriculture pose a threat to Europe's freshwater supply. An EU-funded project involving farmers and many other stakeholders is championing joint approaches to preserve this important resource.

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Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 30 March 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Agriculture & food
Bioeconomy
EnvironmentEcosystems, incl. land, inland waters, marine  |  Health & environment  |  Land management
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Belgium  |  Denmark  |  Ireland  |  Italy  |  Poland  |  Romania  |  Spain  |  United Kingdom
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Joining forces to fight agricultural run-off

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The WATERPROTECT project focuses on how farming impacts drinking water. More specifically, it is developing new tools and solutions targeting potential nitrate and pesticide pollution, in particular from intensive agriculture, in a bid to boost the uptake of management practices and mitigation measures.

The approach proposed by the researchers is one of engagement and participation. Along with farmers, the integrative framework the project set out to create includes local authorities, water utilities and consumer organisations.

The interaction among these and other stakeholders is central to the work of WATERPROTECT’s so-called action labs, which are elaborating new governance and financing models. They are also developing participatory monitoring approaches underpinned by innovative apps and collaborative tools.

Seven such case studies are in progress. Located in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain, they cover areas jointly supply drinking water to nearly a million people. The partners are keen to share the insights from these collaborative undertakings, both in terms of their successes and with regard to any obstacles they may encounter.

WATERPROTECT is a three-year project that is due to end in May 2020. In addition to making its findings available to other regions, the consortium intends to translate the experience gained in the labs into concrete policy advice.

Project details

  • Project acronym: WATERPROTECT
  • Participants: Belgium (Coordinator), Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom
  • Project N°: 727450
  • Total costs: € 4 997 006
  • EU contribution: € 4 997 006
  • Duration: June 2017 to May 2020

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