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Toolbox of cost-effective strategies for on-farm reductions in N losses to water

Objective

The aim of this supporting action is to develop a “toolbox” of cost-effective technologies to be implemented at the farm level to protect water from nitrate pollution. The project will bring together four partners with expertise in farm level N management in their regions. The first component of the toolbox will be a catalogue of technologies for reducing N losses on the farm produced using previous research results and local experience. Technologies will be prioritized based on their cost-effectiveness and efficiency at reducing N losses. They will be listed according to region and production-system to enable easy identification of the best management option for specific local conditions. The second toolbox component will be an enhanced decision support tool (NDICEA) which can be used at the farm level to illustrate options for improved N management, and assist farmers in reaching their goals of compliance with the Nitrates Directive. NDICEA was developed by LBI, and will be enhanced using outputs from ongoing and previous projects at partners UAa and UNEW. The toolbox will be implemented on case study farms and the results documented in a “blueprint” for implementing water protection policy at the farm level across the EU. Project results will be widely available via the project website, and through links with the WFD-CIRCA Information Exchange Platform and the Water Information System for Europe (WISE)-RTD webportal. A stakeholder workshop will be conducted at the end of the project to transfer technology to key user groups (farmers, advisors, water protection policy makers). N-TOOLBOX will serve as a centralized resource that can be expanded as new measures and tools are developed. In this way N-TOOLBOX will lay the foundations for improved implementation of water protection policy at the farm level across the EU.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 344 999
Administrative Contact
Deborah Grieves (Ms.)

Participants (3)

STICHTING LOUIS BOLK INSTITUUT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Kosterijland 3
3981 AJ Bunnik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nel Blok (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 208 999
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Niels Kiil (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 179 999
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Leon (Prof.)