Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets.
The objective of FAIRWAY is
- to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and
- to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.
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February 2021: Cleaning out the pesticide store - new infographic
Recently released on the FAIRWAYiS website - an infographic from the Noord Brabant .
As part of the Clean Water project, farmers are supported to get rid of outdated and leftover pesticides without obligation. It prevents unnecessary use or discharge of these chemicals. This approach is very successful and is now used in projects throughout the Netherlands.
November 2020: New CAP: an opportunity for water policies?
EUROPE-INBO 2020 CAP Workshop, 9 November 2020, New CAP: an opportunity for water policies?
The conference was mainly oriented towards policies aspects and two research programs were presented. From FAIRWAY WP3, we showed that in some hydrological contexts, a long time lag between nitrogen input and nitrate concentration in deep groundwater (>10 y) can exist. Policies, such as Water Framework Direct, CAP and Nitrates Directive, have to deal with this long response time and therefore indicators and database to anticipate on the water quality response time are needed to evaluate effectiveness of policies.
We focused on the lag time mainly to insist on the need on consistent politics to provide long term effort. This is particularly important for the current discussion about the new CAP. Continuity in existing programs with measures and monitoring is important and stakeholders should be aware that effects of new action programs results may not be seen during the period of one CAP.
September 2020: Danish farmers' recommendations - new infographic
Recently released on the FAIRWAYiS website - an infographic from farmers in the Aalborg case study.
Based on practical experience, three Danish farmers from the FAIRWAY case study of Aalborg make recommendations which they believe can ease groundwater protection processes when nitrate and/or pesticide restrictions are discussed for agricultural land.