Farmers have collaborated with scientists in France to evaluate agri-environmental measures that reduce soil erosion and surface water pollution at a catchment level.
The exercise helped the farmers understand the benefits of the measures and provides an example of how policymakers could engage with stakeholders under the Water Framework Directive (WFD).
- The farmers helped develop realistic scenarios of runoff for the model by drawing on their own experiences and observations in their fields.
- They then evaluated different measures to reduce runoff.
- Nutrient overload remains despite improvements in legislation (ecosenvironmental.wordpress.com)