Let’s talk nitrogen pollution

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An iCASP workshop aims to kick start an integrated catchment approach to reducing nitrogen pollution from farming. Most excess nitrogen comes from agricultural practices such as using nitrogenous fertilisers or slurry on fields. Too much nitrogen in the environment is harmful to water and air quality and therefore human health. However, most efforts to reduce it focus on a single impact or activity.

Now, iCASP is planning a knowledge exchange opportunity to bring together researchers into different aspects of nitrogen pollution, Defra teams, regulatory agencies and Yorkshire farmers. The aim will be to develop a project in which all perspectives will be heard and respected  and that will develop more effective strategies for preventing nitrogen pollution.

As over 80% of ammonia emitted to the atmosphere in the UK and 59% of nitrates in English waters come from agricultural sources, any strategy to encourage integrated nitrogen management needs to take account of farming practices and what farmers need to run productive and profitable businesses.

The workshop at the beginning of March 2019 therefore aims to facilitate more dialogue between  researchers, policy-makers and farmers so that the barriers to and opportunities for nitrogen reduction are better understood.

Ideally, the workshop will give rise to a longer-term project that delegates can co-design and work on together.

If you would be interested in being invited, please contact: icasp@leeds.ac.uk

However, be aware that places are limited and organisers will be looking to get good representation from the different sectors who would ideally participate.

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