AGWAPLAN - Integrated Protection of Surface and Groundwater in Agricultural Regions
The AGWAPLAN (AGriculture and WAter PLAN) project aimed to develop and test an integrated advisory approach to the implementation of GAP. It demonstrated and quantified the impact of GAP on nitrogen and phosphorous in surface and groundwater in three pilot areas in mid-eastern Jutland. The integrated approach was based on the participation of environmental authorities, the Danish agricultural advisory service, agricultural research institutions and farmers.
The project produced direct environmental benefits by using GAP to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the surface and groundwater bodies and quantified their amounts in comparison to the established tolerance limits The integrated approach was based on the participation of environmental authorities, the agricultural advisory service, agricultural research, and farmers. The project was received well in the pilot areas by farmers as well as by other stakeholders. The pilot farmers and the local advisory service have been very committed to the project ideas. The farmers found a good way of implementing the WFD in co-operation with the four municipalities involved and the local advisory service.