WaterFARMING project outputs have multiple value additions to the water RDI. Agricultural land in Europe (EU27) accounts for 40% of total land area of which 61% is under arable crops. Agriculture accounts for 44% of the water use in Europe and 80% in countries like Tunisia.
Adoption of water and soil conserving practices in Europe and N. Africa will contribute to retention of water and nutrient at source and enhance the use efficiency producing more with the same input. This will release vital water resources for other uses (e.g., the forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors). Adoption of water and nutrient efficient production systems will also reduce the outflow of contaminated water, and thus reduce water pollution. The consortium will facilitate exchange of research methods, tools and approaches and best practices among the partner countries with geographical spread from N. Europe to N. Africa and this will add significant value in exchange of knowledge beyond the project life cycle. The network of production systems and catchments (Table 3) will be a binding force to connect the partners for future research collaboration to take the research into next level of excellence. Our participatory approach working with the end user beneficiaries (see 5.3 for letters of commitment by stakeholders) to resolve the issues at field-catchment scale is a unique approach to co-generate solutions in active consultation with stakeholders.
The wider impacts will be enhanced water and nutrient productivity, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and reduced GHG emission to mitigate climate change impacts.