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OECD publishes report on water quality and agriculture

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report on “Water Quality and Agriculture: Meeting the Policy Challenge,” looking at the challenges presented by water contamination from farming.

Water quality ranks high in OECD surveys of the public’s environmental concerns. The report has found little improvement over recent years in the impact of agriculture on water quality, and suggests that the further growth and intensification of agricultural production could further heighten regional pressures on water systems in some countries.

The report looks at how policies have been used to address these issues and presents case studies of policy experiences from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Baltic region, France, the United Kingdom and the European Union in general.

It concludes with a set of recommendations for countries for meeting the challenge of improving agricultural water quality.

The executive summary can be downloaded for free and the full report can be purchased from the OECD website at: http://www.oecd.org/document/31/0,3746,en_2649_33793_49834719_1_1_1_1,00.html

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