Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets.
The objective of FAIRWAY is
- to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and
- to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.
The project FAIRWAY started officially on the 1st June 2017
The kick-off meeting of FAIRWAY was held in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, on 12-14 June 2017. In total, 47 participants representing all 22 partners took part in the meeting. Gaëtan Dubois of DG Agri of the European Commission (policy officer of the project) gave a presentation about the background of the project and Arjen Frentz (chair of of EurEau committee 1 Drinking Water) gave a presentation about the European challenge with respect to drinking water and agriculture. The work in the different work packages was discussed, including the role of the multi-actor platforms and case studies. An overview of the work to be performed in 2017 was presented by each work package leader. The next meeting will be held in November 2017. Topics to be discussed are the establishment of the multi-actor platform and the progress of the work in the work packages.