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Knowledge Hub for Water


Data and analysis on major impacts of agriculture on water resources and possible solutions

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Fertilisers and freshwater quality

The intensity of fertilisers use and the pressure on water quality varies across Europe and has changed over the last two decades as a result of technological improvements and implementation of environmental policies protecting water resources
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Groundwater quality and vulnerability

Groundwater plays a key role in sustaining human life and activities, however it is put at risk by overexploitation and water quality degradation
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Irrigation and water scarcity

Water reuse has been identified by the European Commission as a relevant solution to be further promoted in the EU to address water scarcity
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When pesticides end up in soil and aquatic ecosystems they become a potentially significant ecological stressor and may cause risks for the environment as well as for human health