Farmers reduce soil erosion and water pollution

the farmer in love - il contadino innamorato

the farmer in love – il contadino innamorato (Photo credit: Uberto)

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.