Modelling Land Use Scenarios to Reduce Groundwater Nitrate Pollution –The European Water4all Project

K Hiscock, A Lovett, A Saich, T Dockerty, P Johnson, C Sandhu, G Sünnenberg, K Appleton, B Harris, J Greaves (2007) QJEG, 40, 417-434


The Water4All project funded by the EU InterregIIIB programme aimed to demonstrate groundwater protection in the context of spatial planning and the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. Through a series of workshops, the four partner countries (Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and UK) developed a Handbook containing a methodology for risk-based land and water management to reduce diffuse pollution of groundwater from agricultural sources. Best practice guidelines were catalogued as a matrix of compensated and non- case studies. The Water4All project also showed that spatially targeted measures can have wider benefits as part of a "whole landscape" approach to planning and management. As an example this paper explores a set of theoretical land use scenarios.