Environmental Risks from Agriculture in Europe

Locating environmental risk zones in Europe using agri-environmental indicators


Ben Delbaere & Ana Nieto Serradilla

European Centre for Nature Conservation, 2004

ISBN: 90-76762-17-1

The EnRisk project – Environmental Risk Assessment for European Agriculture – was finalized in October 2004. This project, coordinated by ECNC, was funded by the European Commission as a Concerted Action under the theme ‘Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources’ of the Fifth Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities.

The report, written by a team of international environmental experts and conservationists, describes an innovative methodology and the results of a three-year study that applied agri-environmental indicators and European datasets to identify the main environmental risk areas in Europe. It covers soil erosion, nutrient enrichment, pesticide use and their integrated risks for biodiversity and landscapes. This project aimed at answering the following questions:

  • Which regions in Europe are at highest risk due to agricultural practices? 
  • What components of agriculture cause the main harm?
  • How can risks be identified and reduced?

The book lists recommendations for improved data collection, monitoring and processing as well as for policy measures, and provides a useful source of information for policymakers and scientists with an interest in agri-environmental data and policies at a European scale. 

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