Water Quality and Agriculture: Meeting the Policy Challenge

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD Studies on Water) | 2012

Improving water quality is consistently ranked as a top environmental concern in OECD public opinion surveys. The key challenge for policy makers in addressing water quality issues in agriculture is to reduce water pollution while encouraging higher water quality for recreational and other uses.

This book examines linking policies, farm management and water quality. It looks at recent trends and prospects for water pollution from agriculture and the implications of climate change. It assesses the costs and benefits of agriculture's impact on water systems, and presents case studies of policy experiences from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Baltic region, France, the United Kingdom and the European Union in general.

Finally the report provides a set of recommendations for countries for meeting the challenge of improving agricultural water quality.

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Groundwater Resources and Irrigated Agriculture - making a beneficial relation more sustainable

GWP | International | 2012

Globally, irrigated agriculture is the largest abstractor and predominant consumer of groundwater resources. In many arid and drought-prone areas, unconstrained use is causing serious aquifer depletion and environmental degradation. This new GWP publication argues for cross-sector dialogue and an integrated vision because of the close links among agricultural irrigation, surface water and groundwater resources.

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