WP 1 Project management

The overall objective of WP1 is: 1) to ensure proper activity management of the project, 2) to streamline administrative, financial, legal and IP (Intellectual Property) issues in order to enable the partners to focus on their research activities and 3) to manage the 13 case study sites. Specific sub-objectives are:

  • Activity management to facilitate smooth operation of the project objectives by supporting the coordinator, work package leaders and other partners, and compiling the periodic activity reports;
  • To handle all the financial, administrative and legal matters of the consortium;
  • To address gender equality issues in the project;
  • To ensure good communication within the project, and to parties outside the consortium; and
  • To organize plenary project meetings and scientific committee



WP 2 Multi-Actor platforms and case studies

To actively use and further develop the Multi-Actor Platforms (MAP) approach with actors at primarily case study level and to some extent national levels as a base for executing the FAIRWAY project in close dialogue and involvement with key actors to ensure relevancy and maximum impact. To track and analyse successes and failures of the MAP approach to advance beyond state of art the understanding of and practices of MAPs in such cases. Specific sub-objectives are:

  • To ensure optimal involvement and engagement of the key actors, with clear roles for those engaged at case-study and national levels to ensure relevancy and maximum impact of the various research and innovation activities of the project;
  • To set up a harmonized management and communication structure of the 13 case study sites and their MAPs, to ensure a timely delivery of inputs of the 13 case studies to the different WPs and MAPs in a uniform way;
  • To train, facilitate and support the execution of MAPs processes to ensure maximum number of successful execution and deployment in the WPs; and
  • To revise and upgrade of Water Safety Plans in several case studies with actively use of



WP 3 Monitoring and indicators

The overall objective is to identify, evaluate and further develop transparent agri-environmental indicators to monitor and assess the impact of measures and good practices on drinking water quality. Appropriate monitoring tools are needed to help develop and implement governance models to preserve the quality of drinking water resources. Specific sub- objectives are:

  • To review, select and prioritize Pressure Agri-Drinking Water quality Indicators on farm level;
  • To review, select and prioritize State and Impact Agri-Drinking Water quality Indicators, including IT/sensor techniques for participative monitoring by farmers and citizens;
  • To develop a database containing all the data necessary to compute selected indicators in the case studies and to compile a harmonized dataset on pesticide and fertiliser contamination of drinking water



WP 4 Review of measures and practices

The main objective of WP4 is to review and assess measures and practices aimed at maintaining and/or improving water quality of drinking water supplies. Specific objectives are:

  • To review and assess measures and practices aimed at decreasing nitrate pollution of drinking water supplies;
  • To review and assess measures and practices aimed at decreasing pesticides pollution of drinking water supplies; and
  • To identify and assess most promising measures and practices to decrease nitrate and pesticide pollution of drinking water supplies.


WP 5 Review of decision support tools to diminish pollution of water resources

To review, adapt, demonstrate and evaluate decision-support tools for advice, training and communication in order to inform mitigation and establish common awareness for diffuse pollution of vulnerable drinking water resources among farmers and water suppliers. Specific objectives related to the national legislation:

  • To review of existing Decision Support Tools used by farmers, farm advisors and water managers in water, nutrient and pesticide management;
  • To evaluate a selection of decision support tools and measures in FAIRWAY case study sites at farm, catchment and regional scale;
  • To assess costs and benefits of the selected tools for farmers, water companies and society;
  • To develop a decision-support framework for advice, training and communication strategies to establish common awareness for diffuse pollution of vulnerable drinking water resources among farmers;
  • To develop a phone app to provide guidance on the application, disposal and environmental risks associated with different pesticides in drinking water catchments.


WP6 Legal policy and governance

To examine the coherence and consistency of EU directives and policies on how they apply to farm water management in order to realize objectives from farm scale to national scale and EU scale and how to overcome possible shortcomings. Specific objectives are:

  • To analyse the coherence and consistency of EU and national policies;
  • To make a comparative assessment of governance arrangements in the case studies;
  • To identify lacks of coherence and possible legal spillover effects; and
  • To identify cost-efficient and coherent management models To develop legitimate governance


WP7 Integration and recommendations at EU level

To integrate and synthesise the results of WP2-WP6, to identify key options for protection of drinking water resources against diffuse pollution of nitrate and pesticides from agriculture and to analyse the implications of these options for EU policies and practice. Specific objectives are:

  • To evaluate the barriers/issues in providing integrated scientific support for EU policy;
  • To evaluate feedbacks of actors at EU level on the evidence based practice in the different FAIRWAY case studies and on the interim results of the FAIRWAY project;
  • To provide recommendations of most promising activities, policies and tools at EU level; and
  • To initiate an iterative process of knowledge and practice exchange between FAIRWAY and policy, resulting in an integrated scientific support for relevant EU-policies.


WP8 Dissemination and communication

To coordinate and facilitate contact and communication with the different groups of actors and target audiences who will be involved in FAIRWAY, including the multi-actor platforms, national and EU level policy makers, potential users of the farm water management decision-support tool and the wider public.

Specific objectives are:

  • To identify the key project-wide messages and the key messages from each WP, the target audiences for those messages, to plan the communication activities throughout the project’s life, and to manage knowledge and intellectual property rights;
  • To specify how knowledge will be transferred and disseminated;
  • To develop the project’s major dissemination product, the FAIRWAY Information System; and
  • To develop a number of different video or film products which explain the scientific issues related to effects of farm management on drinking water quality, protection policy and governance.




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