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

Start date: 01/05/2020

Duration: 48 months

Topic: SFS-23-2019 – Integrated water management in small agricultural catchments

Total budget: EUR 7,000,000

Website: wateragri.eu

WATERAGRI aim is to re-introduce and enhance sustainable solutions for water retention and nutrient recycling to enable agricultural production that can sustain growing populations and cope with present and future climate change challenges. The project will generate a deeper, more detailed and integrated understanding of the hydrological processes shaping water resources in Europe. To achieve these ambitious aims, WATERAGRI will further develop traditional drainage and irrigation solutions and re-introduce nature-based solutions such as integrated constructed wetlands, bio-inspired drainage systems and sustainable flood retention basins in the agricultural landscape, leading to better retention of both water and nutrients.

WATERAGRI will evaluate specific water and nutrient retention needs with the farming community, develop a set of affordable and easy-to-implement technologies, test them in the field and deploy a sound business framework for their effective use by the farming community.

The project consortium consists of a group of 23 partners from 12 European countries who teamed up under the lead of Lund University (Sweden). Among the partners, there are 4 and 3 world-leading water retention and nutrient capture experts, respectively, from prominent European water and soil research institutions and centers as well as international experts on stakeholder engagement and communication.


The developed framework will support near real-time decisions for the management of small agricultural catchments
Share scientific knowledge about the effect of wetland management
Increased economic benefits for farmers while increasing sustainable use of water resources
WATERAGRI will evaluate the economic sustainability of the different technologies
WATERAGRI will assess innovative drainage systems


WATERAGRI Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy

Within WATERAGRI, InoSens is leading the WATERAGRI Dissemination and Exploitaton Startegy -responsible for post-project exploitation of the WATERAGRI solutions. InoSens will be leading WP8 activities; i.e. WATERAGRI’s dissemination and exploitation activities during and beyond the lifespan of the project, as well as business strategy development and promotion. In WP1, InoSens will provide support to the active engagement of end-users such as farmers.