Water Quality and Agriculture: Meeting the Policy Challenge


Title: Water Quality and Agriculture: Meeting the Policy Challenge

Author(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD Studies on Water)

Publication Date: 2012

Type of Document : Background Papers

Category: Water and Agriculture

Geographic area:

  • Mexico
  • United States of America
  • Canada


Improving water quality is consistently ranked as a top environmental concern in OECD public opinion surveys. The key challenge for policy makers in addressing water quality issues in agriculture is to reduce water pollution while encouraging higher water quality for recreational and other uses.

This book examines linking policies, farm management and water quality. It looks at recent trends and prospects for water pollution from agriculture and the implications of climate change. It assesses the costs and benefits of agriculture's impact on water systems, and presents case studies of policy experiences from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Baltic region, France, the United Kingdom and the European Union in general.

Finally the report provides a set of recommendations for countries for meeting the challenge of improving agricultural water quality.

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