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Agricultural measures for water management and their integration into environmental planning - SP0409

- To develop and evaluate a set of transferable measures for water management including water retention as well as erosion, runoff and flood control
- To derive regional guidelines for site and field specific evaluation of water management measures
- To develop a coherent land use management system based on GIS-related information with annual updates (virtual land consolidation)
- To compare sets of measures and management strategies in the three different countries in the light of the contrasting agricultural policies and traditions
- To prepare the transfer of the measures into several landscape and/or land use plans
- To prepare the transfer of the measures and the visualisation techniques into the land consolidation procedure
- To develop the existing modelling techniques in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the measures taken
- To derive a database for regional planning concerning the flood risk and water retention areas in small watersheds
- To develop a procedure for common agricultural land use management to meet the demands of the future
- To bring together farmers and other land users with authorities and researchers of Germany, Netherlands and UK to exchange their experiences and to share a process of common development of problem solving strategies
- To evaluate the ability of modern visuatlisation tools to support in participatory planning processes
- To develop an integrative management system for agricultural areas which combines effects on water efficiency with erosion and flood control as well as economic workability which could be used as part of the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive
- To provide the results for the update or implementation of existing regional or state wide planning guidelines (eg LAWA guidelines in Germany, Umweltplan Baden-Wuerttemberg, Regional planning guidance for East Anglia, UK; PPG25, UK, NLNLNL) as well as of agri-environmental schemes within the second pillar of the CAP (eg MEKA program in Baden-Wurttemberg), where currently environmental objectives gain in importance compared to the objective of market organisatio

Policy relevance
1. Following the comparison of the effectiveness of a range of land management measures we plan to prodoce a set of policy recommendations to achieve objectives that fit local and national needs. These may expand on current good agricultural practice, current legislation and incentives eg agri-environment schemes supporting erosion control measures, and rural development schemes supporting water management. Other ways of encouraging wider use of the techniques will be included.
2. The recommendations will take into account the range of initiatives required to work under
a. a range of soil types
b. a range of topography
c. climate change scenarios
3. Preferred crops will also be confirmed. The economic, environmental, resource use and social benefits of these measures will be examined alongside the costs. The sustainability of the agricultural systems will be part of this analysis.

These ideas will be transferred to farmers and advisers in a range of workshops, demonstrations and leaflets throughout the project using commercial farms in Norfolk and Morley Research Centre.
i) To assess the effectiveness of agricultural measures in reducing surface water runoff and soil erosion
ii) To evaluate the benefits of adopting these measures on a landscape scale
iii) To identify best strategies for promoting and disseminating these strategies to land managers.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2006

Cost: £40,400
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Morley Research Centre
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
Flood Defence              
Water Pollution              
Fields of Study
Soil Protection