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ASSAP Interim Report #1

19 June 2020
Type Report

Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) Interim Report #1 | 2018 - 2019

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The first Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report focuses on the establishment and implementation of the ASSAP in 2018 and interaction with farmers up until the 31st December 2019. The ASSAP programme is a key part of a wider government and community effort to improve water quality in 190 selected water bodies around the country by reducing agricultural and non-agricultural pressures.

The ASSAP advisory service is a sectoral/industry wide collaborative approach to improving water quality in Ireland. Established as part of Ireland’s 2nd River Basin Management Plan (RBMP), it has adopted a changed philosophy from the regulatory ‘one size fits all’ approach towards a new engagement based approach with farmers.

This industry and stakeholder collaboration has resulted in the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) working with the newly created Agricultural Sustainability, Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) in a collaborative process to provide an evidence based approach to pressure identification and farmer focused advice in 190 priority areas for action (PAA’s). The ASSAP is supported by the DHPLG, DAFM, Local Authorities, Dairy Processing Co-ops, Farming Organisations and Teagasc.

Find out more about ASSAP here Farming for water quality ASSAP