Water Retention and Nutrient Recycling in Soils and Streams for Improved Agricultural Production

Project: EU project

Project Details


The WATERAGRI vision is to solve agricultural water management and soil fertilisation challenges in a sustainable manner to secure affordable food production in Europe for the 21st century. The WATERAGRI concept aims to introduce a new framework for the use of affordable small water retention approaches for managing excess and shortage of water as well as better recovery of nutrients from agricultural catchments applying a multi-actor approach. The objectives are to (a) Co-develop (multi-actor approach) the links between agricultural land and soil-sediment-water management for improved management of water excess and shortage, maximizing crop production and improving water quality and nutrient uptake by crops; (b) Undertake both technical and sustainability assessments of proposed measures considering tested and reviewed management options; (c) Develop a cloud-based simulation and data assimilation system based on a physically-based terrestrial system model, which is able to assimilate in situ and remotely sensed observations of hydrological and plant variables and meteorological data in near-real time to analyse effects of structures such as drains and dams for improved farm-scale water management and retention; (d) Identify, develop and test affordable and easy-to-implement long-term technical and operational farm solutions such as controlled drainage, regulated deficit irrigation, subsurface irrigation, groundwater recharge, farm constructed wetlands, soil management and nutrient recovery options; (e) Assess the techniques for their potential regarding adaptation to climate change and their impact on ecosystem services for different biogeographic regions using case studies; and (f) Disseminate the implemented innovations to farmers, advisory services and decision-makers as part of a multi-actor approach. The key performance indicators are increased crop production, enhanced nutrient recovery from streams and a simulation and data assimilation system.
Effective start/end date1/05/2030/04/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Lund University (Project partner) (lead)
  • University of Oulu (Project partner)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ) (Project partner)
  • alchemia-nova GmbH (Project partner)
  • Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (BZN) (Project partner)
  • University of Debrecen (Project partner)
  • Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinów (Project partner)
  • Consorzio di Bonifica di Secondo Grado per il Canale Emiliano Romagnolo - Canale Giandotti (Project partner)
  • Vultus AB (Project partner)
  • Universite de Neuchatel (Project partner)
  • InoSens d.o.o. (Project partner)
  • Agrogeo Kft. (Project partner)
  • Agricolus S.r.l. (Project partner)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) (Project partner)
  • AB Gårdvstånga Nygård (Project partner)
  • Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (Project partner)
  • University of Bologna (Project partner)
  • Martin Regelsberger Technisches Büro für Kulturtechnik (Project partner)
  • University of Salford (Project partner)
  • Eden Tech (Project partner)
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) (Project partner)
  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020-SFS-2019-2
  • Water