Submitted by: OÖ. Wasserschutzberatung
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Groundwater Protection through Education and Consulting with Farmers in Austria
The Water Protection Consultancy of Upper-Austria was founded in 2001 with the objective of protecting an area-wide groundwater supplies in Upper Austria. The association consists of a project leader, six water-protection consultants and a community of 47 consulting farmers. Because a great deal of nitrate pollution stems from farming, a reduction of nitrate concentration is to be reached by teamwork with and consulting and further education of farmers. The implementation is based on an area-wide concept working on three levels: consultants, consulting farmers and task groups. Within these task groups basic ground-water protection and sustainable agriculture conveyed to the member farmers. In this context the consulting farmers interact as group leaders between water-protection consultants and farmers.