This website contains the main scientific results of the FAIRWAY project, as presented in the project deliverables. Deliverables are being written and added to the website throughout the period of the project until it ends in May 2021. Here is the current status of the content.
Key messages: »Infographics; »Video clips
Governance & policy support: »Barriers and issues in providing integrated scientific support for EU policy
Available, but currently restricted to project partners only:
- Farming practices »Review of measures to decrease nitrate pollution of drinking water sources, »Review of measures to decrease pesticide pollution of drinking water sources;
- Monitoring & Indicators »Agri-drinking water quality indicators and IT/sensor techniques
- Decision support tools »Survey and review of existing decision support tools, »Assessments of costs and benefits using decision support tools;
Governance & policy support:
- Policy & governance: »Coherence in EU law and policy for the protection of drinking water resources
- Science & policy support: »Evaluation report on barriers and issues in providing integrated scientific support for EU policy; »Actors' feedback on practices for improvement of water quality in FAIRWAY case studies and interim project results
- Multi-actor platforms:
Safe drinking water is vital for human health and the economy. Throughout the EU, diffuse pollution by nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is one of the main obstacles to meeting drinking water quality targets. Policies to protect drinking water resources are not achieving a consistent level of implementation and effectiveness across all member states.
- To review approaches for the protection of drinking water resources from pollution by nitrogen and pesticides.
- To identify and further develop cost-effective and innovative measures and governance approaches that will protect drinking water supplies while increasing agricultural sustainability.
FAIRWAY uses a multi-actor approach to facilitate effective cooperation between actors from different sectors and levels, including farmers, advisors, drinking water companies, scientists and policy makers. Successful practices have been identified in 13 case studies in 12 countries. The practical experience generated within the case studies are being analysed in multi-actor platforms and different thematic work packages to identify the barriers and success factors associated with achieving water quality targets.
- Recommendations for innovative measures and governance approaches to protect drinking water resources from nitrogen and pesticide pollution.
- Scientific understanding of the relationship between agriculture and drinking water quality.
- Identification of barriers to the practical implementation of measures.
- Harmonized monitoring protocols and data-sets for monitoring water quality and key farming practices.
- Increased awareness and involvement of farmers and other citizens.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727984