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AQUARIUS : The farmer as water manager under changing climatic conditions


Climate changes and stricter environmental regulations pose new opportunities and challenges to farmers in the North Sea Region. Extended periods of rainfall increase erosion and input of nutrients and pathogens to water, and periods of drought hinder the ability of water to dilute diffuse inputs. In order to maintain an efficient agricultural production under the changed conditions, farmers must adapt their production. This is the basis for project Aquarius, which is partly funded by the EU-North Sea Region Programme Interreg IVB. 15 partners from six nations around the North Sea conduct seven national pilot projects. The common aim is to find and implement sustainable, integrated land-water management through engaging with land managers. “Farmers as water managers” is the slogan for Aquarius.

Project information

The Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, National Centre (DK)

The Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, National Centre (DK), Danish Ministry of the Environment (DK), Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland (NL), Provincie Drenthe (NL), Waterschap Hunze en Aa’s (NL), Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen (DE), County Governor of Østfold Bioforsk Institute (NO), Aberdeenshire Council (UK), Macaulay Institute (UK), Halmstad University (SE), Rural Economy and Agricultural Society of Halland (SE), Municipality of Laholm (SE), Regional Development Council (SE), County administration of Halland (SE)

Source of funding
Interreg IV B North sea

Reference information



North Sea, integrated land-water management, water managers



Climate impacts

Droughts, Flooding, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Adaptation Plans and Strategies, Vulnerability Assessment


Agriculture, Financial, Forestry, Water management

Geographic characterization


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