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EU-LIFE (WAgrico) - Water Resources Management in Co-operation with Agriculture - WQ0114

Description
The WagriCo project (Water resource management in co-operation with agriculture) is based around the catchment management process, of identifying diffuse pollution issues, identifying potential management solutions, working with land managers/advisors to implement methods and to assess their effectiveness – in terms of pollution reduction and costs. Lessons learnt can then be used to develop River Basin Management Plans. There is a large technology transfer/ information dissemination component to the project.

In England, the project focuses on the catchments of the Frome, Piddle and Wey. Much of the effort of the project revolves around engaging ‘stakeholders’ (farmers, land managers, advisors, contractors) and encouraging them to (a) acknowledge the problem, (b) contribute to developing solutions, (c) change farm practices and (d) keep sufficiently detailed records so that changed practices can be monitored. The project, therefore, lives or falls on the success of farmer engagement. The idea is to use stakeholder groups in this process. In addition, funds are available, to support some of these changes, which should ease the process.

The project is based on 10 work packages:
1. Project Management and infrastructure
2. Communication and participation processes
3. Setting priorities
4. Method planning and compilation
5. Implementation of primary methods
6. Implementation of secondary methods
7. Agro-economic analysis
8. Evaluation of methods
9. Establish programme of methods under WFD
10. Demonstrating added value

With the interest in the 'catchment management' process, driven by the Water Framework Directive implementation and Defra's Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative, this Wagrico project is highly relevant to Defra's policy aims. It will provide much needed information on how to interact with catchment stakeholders to bring about change.
The project is funded under the EU LIFE demonstration programme. The project focuses on predominantly agricultural catchments in England and Germany. The project started in October 2005 and runs for three years, subject to satisfactory progress being made. This proposal is made to cover Defra's part contribution ( €461,538 [£0.3 m]) to the overall project (value c.€6.9 m [c.£4.7 m]).

There are ten objectives relating to ten work packages:
1. To establish the project management structure within the UK and at the international level.
2. To develop communication and dissemination strategies for the project.
3. To identify and determine diffuse pollution issues within the pilot areas. Specify environmental targets and objectives for the pilot areas in line with the WFD.
4. To review potential mitigation methods that may be employed at the field, farm or catchment level.
5. To work with stakeholders to implement catchment, farm and field mitigation methods.
6. To investigate the opportunity for integrating water resource management objectives into other sector development plans at the catchment level (e.g. agriculture, biodiversity, flooding).
7. To conduct economic analysis of the effects of the programme of methods on typical farms.
8. To quantify emission reduction over the pilot areas. Assess the probability of achieving environmental objectives by modelling potential emission reductions.
9. To recommend specific programmes of methods for state agri-environmental programmes and assess the resources required within these programmes.
10. To undertake workshops, farm walks and farmer exchange visits to disseminate the project as widely as possible.

More information and reports are available here:
http://www.wagrico.org

Objective
There are ten objectives relating to ten work packages:
1. To establish the project management structure within the UK and at the international level.
2. To develop communication and dissemination strategies for the project.
3. To identify and determine diffuse pollution issues within the pilot areas. Specify environmental targets and objectives for the pilot areas in line with the WFD.
4. To review potential mitigation methods that may be employed at the field, farm or catchment level.
5. To work with stakeholders to implement catchment, farm and field mitigation methods.
6. To investigate the opportunity for integrating water resource management objectives into other sector development plans at the catchment level (e.g. agriculture, biodiversity, flooding).
7. To conduct economic analysis of the effects of the programme of methods on typical farms.
8. To quantify emission reduction over the pilot areas. Assess the probability of achieving environmental objectives by modelling potential emission reductions.
9. To recommend specific programmes of methods for state agri-environmental programmes and assess the resources required within these programmes.
10. To undertake workshops, farm walks and farmer exchange visits to disseminate the project as widely as possible.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WQ0114 - Final Report   (25k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2008

Cost: £300,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd., United Kingdom Water Industry Research Ltd, National Farmers Union, Wessex Water, Environment Agency - England
Keywords
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Sustainable Farming and Food Science              
Water Quality              
Water Quality and Use              
Fields of Study
Water Quality