Call for best practice examples on sustainable water management in organic production and processing

IFOAM EU is launching a call for sustainable water management best practice examples in organic production and processing. This call comes in the aftermath of the European Court of Auditors report Integration of EU water policy objectives with the CAP: a partial success which identified significant delays in Member States’ implementation of water policy defined under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and supported through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The report also draws attention to the fact that improvements in sustainable water management across the Union are insufficient to reach the overall goals and objectives of the WFD related to agriculture.

At the same time, Commission officials are pointing to the lack of prioritisation of water in the Member States and regions’ draft rural development programmes 2015-2020. As a result, ensuring good ecological status of surface waters and sufficient availability of clean water remains a challenge in many Member States - despite EU policy efforts.

Organic food and farming solutions are key to implement sustainable water management. To this end, IFOAM EU has published best practice examples on sustainable water management in organic farming and processing. Information on relevant policies - from EU Directives on water and pesticides to the CAP - is available on the IFOAM EU water webpage.

You can help IFOAM EU to develop a library of examples - highlighting the practical benefits of organic farming for sustainable water management – by submitting your best practice on sustainable water management in organic farming and processing. Contact Effimia Chatzinikolaou on effimia.chatzinikolaou [at] ifoam-eu.org to submit your best practice example or for more information.

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