In recent years, climate change has caused a remarkable instability which is affecting the availability and quality of water in many European regions. The lack and difficulty of managing this matter, not only within farming sector is generating tensions between regions and enterprises due to the availability, quality and distribution of water. Consider also the fact that certain products are of notably high-water demand and that on certain countries the hydraulic network for agricultural activities is old with many leakages, the gravity of the presented issue is imperative.
This evidence and missing short-term and long-term solutions/ perspectives for sustainable solutions build the basis for this project aiming at:
• Raising awareness about the danger of water shortage and the risks of pollution
• Training allowing to optimize the use and quality of water resources
• Exchange of examples related more efficient and less polluting farming techniques
Water is a primary resource for agricultural production as well as it is important factor for other sectors and at the same time a public good with public interest behind.
Agriculture as the main user of water resources has a significant responsibility in managing of natural resources. And to widen further the topic: agriculture as a sector has influence on water usage; as well on climate change – at least the part of the change which is caused by humans.
The project wants to follow a bottom-up approach which means learning from practitioners and making their knowledge, patterns, and methods in the field of sustainable water management on farming, based on 3 elements:
• Summary Guide
• Case studies
• Training modules
The project’s training methodology is based on the Open Educational Resources (OER) approach, thus developing digital training materials that will be available under a creative commons license allowing their use and distribution free of charges.