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Programme Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Provide a scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of the National Action Programme measures
  • Underpin the basis for any modifications of the measures that might be required to achieve Nitrates Directive water quality objectives
  • Consider the scaling up of the results to larger catchments scales by model development or adaptation and validation in conjunction with national and international expert groups
  • Provide information on attitudes and awareness of farmers to water pollution issues and the economic impact of changed agricultural practices arising from compliance with Nitrates Directive measures
  • Provide national focal points for technology transfer and education
  • Provide advisory support for participating farmers to underpin the profitability of their enterprises and facilitate the implementation of the National Action Programme measures