03/10/2016 - 05/10/2016
What is the project about?
The project follows up on an IMPEL project carried out in 2013 and 2014 about diffuse pollution, the
Nitrates Directive and the Water Framework Directive. As the specific topics for the visit in Austria we would like to investigate and discuss, whether “one measure fits all” or whether there is a need for tailored approaches on how to minimize diffuse nitrate pollution from farms, which are located in different parts of Austria, varying in landscape and agriculture structure. Therefore we aim to explore general instruments, governmental and regional initiatives as well as practical examples in different parts of Austria to tackle nutrient pollution to surface and ground water. Please see also the agenda further down for more detailed information.
Who should come?
You should be an inspector, manager or policy maker covering Nitrates Directive and/or diffuse pollution aspects of the Water Framework Directive. The meeting will be held in English only. As lively
communication is essential for the outcome of this excursion, it would be a big advantage if participants are able to converse in English confidently.
Desired outcome of the project
Results from this field visit will be added to the “good practice document”, which was the outcome of the previous, directly related projects.
Background of the project
The Member States of the European Union show a large variation in agricultural practices, institutional
organisation and environmental conditions. This diversity is reflected in the measures taken and their
control within the framework of the relevant Directives by Member States. The key relevant Directives
being the Nitrates Directive concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources together with the broader approach of the Water Framework Directive’s aim at
reducing diffuse water pollution from agricultural sources and, further, at preventing such pollution.