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Reporting Entity: European Union

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General Information

General Information

Title of best practice:


Reporting Entity:

European Union


Prevailing land use in the specified location

  • Cropland

Contribution to Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) measures

  • Prevention

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
4)Hydro-morphological modification
5)Sediment transport into surface water due to soil erosion.|

Outline specific land degradation problems addressed by the best practice

Soil erosion

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?



Section 5. Contribution to impact

Has a cost-benefit analysis been carried out?

Has a cost-benefit analysis been carried out?


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