TOPPS - Train the operators to prevent pollution from point sources
Through multi-stakeholder training and awareness-raising mainly among farmers, the project sought to attain a significant decrease in water pollution from plant protection products (PPP). It also targeted key â€˜PPP-intermediariesâ€™ (distributors, advisors or agricultural schools, etc.), who would, in turn, inform PPP-users on the prevention of pollution from point sources. The project was successful in developing common European best management practicesâ€™(BMP) guidelines towards preventing point source pollution to water, applied on the full range of farmers' working processes: on transport, storage, before spraying, after spraying, and remnant management. The BMPs were developed by more than 300 experts and helped reach a consensus over 15 countries (the guidelines were translated in 12 languages).