View sectionsExpand all Collapse all
Title of best practice:
HANDBOOK ON FARM ADVISORY SYSTEMS
Prevailing land use in the specified location
Contribution to Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) measures
Linkages with the other best practice themes
- Capacity-building and awareness-raising
- Knowledge management and decision support
Section 1. Context of the best practice: frame conditions (natural and human environment)
Short description of the best practice
At the workshop on farm advisory and water protection organized by DG ENV in October 2009 in Brussels, the decision was taken to develop a handbook of ideas for administrations about integrating water issues in farm advisory services.
COM services, Expert Group members with the support of a consultant, have then developed a handbook outlining examples and approaches for organizing farm advisory.
The final handbook was presented in Seville on 6 April 2010 and endorsed by the Expert Group on WFD & agriculture.
'Integrating water issues in Farm advisory services – a Handbook of ideas for administrations' can be downloaded in: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/quantity/pdf/FAShandbk.pdf
On the basis of which criteria and/or indicator(s) (not related to The Strategy) the proposed practice and corresponding technology has been considered as 'best'?
On the basis of measures, methods or activities that are considered successful in terms of achieving desired outcomes and good performances when it comes to UNCCD operational and strategic objectives, and that are contributing to enhance the implementation of the Convention.
Section 2. Problems addressed (direct and indirect causes) and objectives of the best practice
Main problems addressed by the best practice
Negative impacts resulting from agricultural activities on water bodies, as the ones mentioned next:
1)Nutrient enrichment of surface and groundwater
2)Pesticides in ground- and surface water
3)Alterations of hydrologic regimes
5)Sediment transport into surface water due to soil erosion.|
Outline specific land degradation problems addressed by the best practice
Section 4. Institutions/actors involved (collaboration, participation, role of stakeholders)
Name and address of the institution developing the technology
http://ecologic.eu/|Offices in in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, and Washington DC
Was the technology developed in partnership?