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LV Rural Studies


Development of an instrument for river basin wide nutrient mangement in Lower Saxony

River Weser, Lower Saxony
© Claudia Heidecke
Water pollution control 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.


visit project AGRUM


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)
    (Berlin, Deutschland)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich
    (Jülich, Deutschland)

Funding Body

  • Bundesland Niedersachsen
    (national, öffentlich)


10.2011 - 3.2014

More Information

Project status: finished

Publications to the project

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    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

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