3.2 Nitrates hotspots – prevention and cure

23 May - 09.30 - 11.00

When clusters of intensive animal production are over-developed, and local areas can no longer manage the manure, nitrate pollution of nearby waters can rapidly take on alarming proportions. If the local geography and coastal environment is sensitive to eutrophication, dramatic results can ensue, with significant economic, environmental and political repercussions. This session will discuss three actual or former 'hotspots', looking at the factors that conspired to make them problematic and at what has been done to tackle the problems. The results should indicate a path to recovery for areas where the situation remains critical, and prevent other regions from making similar mistakes.


  • Michael Hamell, Head of Unit, Agriculture, Forests & Soil, DG Environment, European Commission