The Water Framework Directive and Agriculture

The Water Framework Directive and Agriculture

Water management, efficiency and effectiveness for instrumentation and measures in agriculture – a complex issue requiring a bottom-up approach?

28-29 October 2015, Vestre Kjærnes farm, Moss, Norway

The River Basin Management plans and Programme of Measures have been adopted in the EU countries and also in Norway. The plans will be implemented according to the planning cycles in the Water Framework Directive. In most countries there is limited knowledge about the costs of the measures and challenges related to the effectiveness of the instrumentation and measures. Research shows that legitimacy and knowledge are important factors for a successful implementation. Further that costs, effects and farmers adaptation varies with natural and institutional context. Therefore better evaluation is needed to calculate cost and effect of the measures as well as analyses of relevant policies to target non-point pollution from agriculture.

In this seminar and workshop we invited researchers, representatives from governmental agencies at local, regional and national level within the topic and from farmers advisory service from the Nordic countries we aim at better answers and understanding of the following questions in a comparative way. During the workshop included in the seminar programe the invited participants worked to prepare a paper comparing approaches to water management within agriculture between different institutional and natural settings. This will be published as a report and also result in a scientific paper. Topics of the report:

What policies (instruments and measures) have been used over the last decades across Nordic countries?What is the status of knowledge on management, efficiency and effectivenessWhat is successful management?How can success be measured?What are the results of the policies?What were the drivers for the measuresCould other measures have been used?Bottom-up or Top-down approach: How have the farmers and advisors been included?What are the challenges to not implementAre the policies and the instruments targeted to reach the required abatement?


28. October: Open seminar for professionals within agricultural advisory, water management coordination, public management and research. Total 25 participants.

29. October: Workshop with invited and/or interested professionals to discuss and share knowledge and prepare a comparative journal article on the topic as well as popular dissemination at applied level in each of the countries.


Vestre Kjærnes farm http://www.kjaernes.no/ has specialized in seminars and events and is located at the Northern part of the lake Vansjø being part of the Morsa water catchment. It is close to the town Moss, Norway, about 80 km south of Oslo.

Seminar Organisers

Svein Skøien (Senior Advisor, County Governor Ostfold, Dep. of Agriculture) http://www.fylkesmannen.no/Ostfold, Phone +4769247133 Mobile +4799359159, fmosSES@fylkesmannen.no

Karen Refsgaard (Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research), http://www.nibio.no, Phone +47 94138432 Mobile +47 99585980, karen.refsgaard@nibio.no