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Cattle exclusion from watercourses: Environmental and socio-economic implications

Background

The pollution of water is a significant environmental problem facing agriecosystems. Cattle access to riparian areas and water courses is often considered a pressure which can increase both nutrient and sediment input to streams. The Common Agricultural Policy facilitates establishment of agri-environment schemes (AES) for the protection of ecosystem goods and services. Fenced riparian buffer measures to exclude cattle have been included in most European AES, most recently in the Green Low Emission Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS). However, although riparian mitigation measures (including fencing) are commonly implemented, few studies have evaluated their effectiveness.

The aim of this project is to assess the environmental, ecological and socio-economic impact of existing and potential measures that prevent cattle access to watercourses.

This project is funded by Environmental Protection Agency under the Research Programme 2014-2020