Governance & policy
- discuss how to actively use and further develop the Multi-Actor Platforms (MAP) approach with actors at primarily case study level and to some extent national levels as a base for executing the FAIRWAY project in close dialogue and involvement with key actors to ensure relevancy and maximum impact.
- examine the coherence and consistency of EU directives and policies, how they apply to farm water management in order to realize objectives from farm scale to national scale and EU scale and how to overcome possible shortcomings;
- integrate and synthesise the results from the other parts of the research programme, to identify key options for protection of drinking water resources against diffuse pollution of nitrate and pesticides from agriculture and to analyse the implications of these options for EU policies and practice;
- review and assess measures and practices aimed at maintaining and/or improving water quality of drinking water supplies;
- identify, evaluate and further develop transparent agri-environmental indicators to monitor and assess the impact of measures and good practices on drinking water quality;
- review, adapt, demonstrate and evaluate decision support tools (DSTs) for advice, training and communication in order to inform mitigation and establish common awareness for diffuse pollution of vulnerable drinking water resources among farmers and water suppliers.
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.
FAIRWAY project (2017-2021)
In response, the EU-funded H2020 »iFAIRWAY Project aimed to review approaches for the protection of drinking water resources from pollution by nitrogen and pesticides and to identify and further develop cost-effective and innovative measures and governance approaches that will protect drinking water supplies while increasing agricultural sustainability.
FAIRWAY took 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. The practical experiences from 13 case studies in 12 countries were analysed in five research themes to identify the barriers and success factors associated with achieving water quality targets.
This FAIRWAYiS website gives a comprehensive presentation of the scientific results and recommendations of FAIRWAY.
Quick guide to FAIRWAYiS
A web-based framework for that enables users to select from multiple possibilities the decision support tools most suited to their needs and a mobile app specifically developed by FAIRWAY for infrequent pesticide users.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727984
Policy and governance
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