Events

Land use and water quality, agricultural production and the environment (LuWQ2017)

29 May 2017

dws-events-luwq-2017-1LuWQ is an interdisciplinary conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise the effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters. Principle organiser of this year’s edition is RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands.


Date: 29 May - 1 June 2017
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Organiser: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

LuWQ2017 is an international and interdisciplinary conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters.

LuWQ2017 is the follow-up to the successful LuWQ conferences, LuWQ2015 held in Vienna, Austria, in September 2015 and the LuWQ2013 conference held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in June 2013.

The LuWQ conferences have their origin in the series of so-called international MonNO3 workshops focusing on monitoring the effectiveness of the EU Nitrates Directive action programmes.

Deterioration water quality
Growth in the agricultural production, as it has occurred in Europe and North America since 1950s and more recently in many other parts of the world, threatens the quality of groundwater and surface waters or has already led to deterioration of the quality of these waters. Typical hotspot areas with problems are in Denmark, the Netherlands, northern Italy, Germany, France, China and New Zealand.

Policies to abate deterioration of water quality have been developed and programmes of measures to improve water quality have been implemented. For example, the European Union has adopted two Directives that should decrease the effect of agriculture on water quality and assure that waters are in good quality by 2027 (Nitrates Directive in 1991, Water Framework Directive in 2000).

Nevertheless it has become clear that realisation of the objectives of these policies gets more difficult since in the meantime the easy, low cost measures already have been implemented. Which measures are cost effective? Should measures be enforced by law or implemented on a voluntary basis?

These are some of the issues that are addressed at LuWQ2017.

Conference objectives
Objectives of the conference are to:
● provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling and uncertainty;
● discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement
● intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.
● provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling and uncertainty;
● discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement;
● intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.


More information
LuWQ2017 conference
c/o Klinkhamer Group
+31 43 362 70 08
www.luwq2017.nl