Development of an instrument for river basin wide nutrient mangement in Lower Saxony
Spatially differentiated analyses of agricultural water conservation in Lower Saxony
Nitrogen and phosphorous inputs from agriculture have a high impact on water quality in Lower Saxony. Regions with intensive livestock production often produce high amounts of manure and nutrient surpluses. We analyze the impacts for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
Background and Objective
The European Water Framework Directive started in 2000 with the aim to assure a good quality conditions for all surface and groundwater in Europe. Specific target concentrations have been defined that need to be met by 2015. Monitoring values show that these targets have not been achieved for all water bodies in Lower Saxony.
In the project AGRUM Lower Saxony we analyze the prospective for Lower Saxony to achieve the targets within the next management cycle until 2021. For this we analyze nutrient inputs and nutrient pollutions of water bodies in the entire State of Lower Saxony. Furthermore we will dicuss management options. We build upon the work within the AGRUM Weser project.
Analysis of the impact of measures to reduce nutrient inputs from agriculture. Develop measures to achieve the objectives of the WFD in Lower Saxony
Involved external Thünen-Partners
Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
10.2011 - 3.2014
Project status: finished
Ackermann A, Heidecke C, Hirt U, Kreins P, Kuhr P, Kunkel R, Mahnkopf J, Schott M, Tetzlaff B, Venohr M, Wendland F (2015) Der Modellverbund AGRUM als Instrument zum landesweiten Nährstoffmanagement in Niedersachsen. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 314 p, Thünen Rep 37, DOI:10.3220/REP1450256145000