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1 May 2006 Reducing Nitrogen Loading of Inland and Marine Waters—Evaluation of Danish Policy Measures to Reduce Nitrogen Loss from Farmland
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An evaluation in December 2003 of the Danish National Action Plan for the Aquatic Environment II showed that nitrogen leaching from farmland had declined to almost half the amount of that in 1989. This can be ascribed to successful implementation of several measures, the most efficient of which were related to the use of fertilizers: lowered nitrogen standards for crops, increased nitrogen utilization in manure and catch crops. Although the objectives of the plan were almost met and measurements have shown a similar, but not percentually as high a decrease in nitrogen concentrations in both inland and coastal waters, the ecological impact in estuaries and coastal areas is not yet satisfactorily significant. As a consequence, a new National Action Plan for the Aquatic Environment III, including both nitrogen and phosphorus reduction from farming, was agreed to in April 2004. To ensure that good ecological status can be achieved in water bodies according to the requirements of the European Union Water Framework Directive, the national measures will be combined with additional measures for individual river basins.
Ruth Grant, Kurt Nielsen and Jesper Waagepetersen "Reducing Nitrogen Loading of Inland and Marine Waters—Evaluation of Danish Policy Measures to Reduce Nitrogen Loss from Farmland," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 35(3), (1 May 2006). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447(2006)35[117:RNLOIA]2.0.CO;2
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