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The farmer as water manager under changing climatic conditions (Aquarius)
Start date: Dec 31, 2008, End date: Jun 29, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project focuses on enabling farmers to act successfully as water managers in changing climatic conditions. The project will present water risk management practices that will reduce the consequences of flooding, droughts, water shortage and nutrient transport. The emphasis on the farmer as a water manager is contributing towards implementing EU policies, such as the Water Framework Directive. The final result of the project is a water management concept to use as a manual for farmers and a set of recommendations on future land and water management planning. Achievements: The Aquarius project has worked on how to adapt to and reduce risks posed to society and nature by a changing climate.We have achieved an improved understanding on how to act in order to secure sustainable long lasting solutions. The core idea was to find ways for farmers to become water managers capable of practicing sustainable farming under climatic changes.In 7 pilot studies, we have experimented on how to find ways of handling droughts, flooding and nutrient leaching through partnerships among different stakeholders. A common baseline report was compiled giving an overview of ecological; economic; sociological; policy & legal and future climate challenges.A number of key methods for farmers to deal with climate change concerning technical methods; financial methods and participatory planning were identified and shared in the partnership.The partnership shared conclusions on implementation of technical an advisory measures in order to find an improved transnational approach to implementing plans under WFD etc. in the future.The Main Findings of the Aquarius project have been compiled in a magazine. It also describes the successful use of a water management concept including the problem solution wheel.7 fact sheets from the project have been developed:Active cooperationWater sensing systemsMulti-functional wetlandsNatural flood managementSpecific environmental plansRain harvestingWillow plantingFinally, Recommendations on future land and water management planning have been agreed upon in the partnership. The focus is on understanding the key role of participatory partnerships in order to secure long lasting sustainable solutions.

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