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Water Quality and Agriculture

Meeting the Policy Challenge

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Published on March 12, 2012

Also available in: French

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Improving water quality is consistently ranked as a top environmental concern in OECD public opinion surveys. The key challenges for policy makers in addressing water quality issues in agriculture are to reduce water pollution while encourage benefits, such as maintaining aquatic life. 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 a series of case studies. Finally the report provides a set of recommendations for countries for meeting the challenge of improving agricultural water quality.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Key Messages
Executive Summary
Linking policies, farm management and water quality
Agriculture and water quality
Monetary costs and benefits of agriculture's impact on water systems
OECD policy instruments and mixes addressing water quality issues in agriculture
OECD policy experiences in addressing water quality issues in agriculture
Moving towards sustainable water quality management in agriculture
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