WaterProtect relates to the Horizon 2020 Programme social challenge "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy ", and addresses the Topic: Water farms - improving farming and supply of drinking water.
High-quality, safe, and sufficient drinking water is essential for life: we use it for drinking, food preparation, and cleaning. Agriculture is the biggest source of pesticides and nitrate pollution in European freshwaters.
The overarching objective of WaterProtect is to contribute to effective uptake and realization of management practices and mitigation measures to protect drinking water resources. Therefore WaterProtect will create an integrative multi-actor participatory framework including innovative instruments that enable actors to monitor, to finance and to effectively implement management practices and measures for the protection of water sources. WaterProtect proposes seven case studies where multiple actors will be involved to implement good agricultural practices (land management, farming, product stewardship, point source pollution prevention) to ensure safe drinking water supply. The WaterProtect project will be implemented in 7 action labs located in differen EU Member States: Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain.
The action zone of Spain is lower basin of Llobregat river.