The Water Framework Directive and Agriculture

Oct. 28 - 29, 2015 in 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 invite 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. Therefore we in the workshop the following day will prepare a paper comparing approaches to water management within agriculture between different institutional and natural settings.


  • 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 effectiveness
  • What is successful management?
    • How can success be measured?
    • What are the results of the policies?
    • What were the drivers for the measures
    • Could 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 implement
    • Are the policies and the instruments targeted to reach the required abatement?


The first day 28/10  will be an open seminar. The second day 29/10 will be a workshop with invited researchers 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. 

28 October

  • 09:00-09:30 Arrival, registration and coffee
  • 0930: Introduction from Norway/NJF
    Svein Skøien (Senior Advisor, County  Governor Ostfold, Dep. of Agriculture) and Karen Refsgaard (Senior researcher at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research)

  • 10:00-11:00 Denmark
    (20 min each)

    Policies, costs and implementation during the last decade.
    Brian Jacobsen (Senior Researcher at Copenhagen University, Life) and Berit Hasler (Senior Researcher and Section Leader for Institute for Environmental Science, Aarhus University)

    Effect and implementation
    Flemming Gertz (Senior Consultant, Plants and Environment) and Morten Graversgaard (Ph.D. student, Section for Agroecology, Aarhus University)


  • 11:00-12:00 Finland
    (20 min each)

    Janne Helin, (Senior research scientist, Natural Resources Inst. Finland)

     Policies, costs and implementation during the last decade
     Effect and implementation
     Feedback from the audit
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch

  • 13:00-14:00 Sweden
    (20 min each)

    Dennis Collentine, (Vis. Ass. Prof. of Economics, SLU, Sweden)

    Policies, costs and implementation during the last decade
    Effect and implementation
    Feedback from the audit

  • 14:00-15:00 Norway
    (20 min each)

    Policies, costs and implementation during the last decade
    Karen Refsgaard (senior researcher at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research)

    Effect and implementation
    Marianne Bechmann (senior researcher at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research)


  • 15:00-16:00 Discussion and comparison across (with coffee)

    Lead by Svein Skøien Skøien (Senior Advisor, County Governor Ostfold, Dep. of Agriculture)

  • 18:00 Dinner


Workshop 29 October

08:30 – 14:00 Workshop (details to follow)


Vestre Kjaernes farm http://www.kjaernes.no/ has specialized in seminars and events. The farm has guest rooms in the main house and in the farm houses.

It is close to the town Moss, Norway, about 80 km south of Oslo. Good connections with bus or train from Oslo airport Gardermoen and Moss airport Rygge.

Practical info


Seminar 28. October: Includes lunch and coffees: 125 EUR

Seminar 28. October and workshop 29. October: Incl. accommodation (1 night), breakfast, dinner, two lunches and coffees: 300 EUR per person

Seminar organisers:

Svein Skøien (Senior Advisor)

County Governor Ostfold, Department of Agriculture



Karen Refsgaard (Senior Researcher),NIBIO




Working group:

Marianne Bechmann 

Dennis Collentine

Flemming Gertz

Morten Graversgaard

Janne Helin

Berit Hasler

Brian Jacobsen

Valborg Kvakkestad

Eirik Romstad

Asbjørn Veidal