FAIRWAY - Farm systems management and governance for producing good water quality for drinking water supplies





Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets.

The objective of FAIRWAY is

  • to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and
  • to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.


FAIRWAY was kicked off in June 2017. 22 different European partners, including NIVA, are involved in the project. It is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.  

The project is organized into eight workpackages (WPs) designed to meet the objectives. Workpackage 2 on multi-actor platforms (MAP) and case studies forms a central link between the other WPs.

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Multi-Actor Platforms

The aim is to actively use and further develop the Multi-Actor Platforms (MAP) approach with actors at primarily case study level and to some extent national levels. This is done in close dialogue and involvement with key actors to ensure relevancy and maximum impact.

By tracking and analysing successes and failures of the MAP approach, FAIRWAY works to enhance the understanding of and practices of MAPs in such cases.

The different work packages of FAIRWAY

Case study approach

FAIRWAY uses the multi-actor approach to facilitate effective cooperation between actors from different sectors and levels, including farmers, advisors, drinking water companies, scientists and policy makers.

Successful practices have been identified in 13 case studies in different countries across Europe.

The practical experience generated within the case studies are being analysed in multi-actor platforms and different thematic work packages to identify the barriers and success factors associated with achieving water quality targets.

Find more information about the different case studies on the FAIRWAY website

case studies

Expected results

  • Recommendations for innovative measures and governance approaches to protect drinking water resources from nitrogen and pesticide pollution.
  • Scientific understanding of the relationship between agriculture and drinking water quality.
  • Identification of barriers to the practical implementation of measures.
  • Harmonized monitoring protocols and data-sets for monitoring water quality and key farming practices.
  • Increased awareness and involvement of farmers and other citizens.

NIVA is involved in the Norwegian case Vansjø in eastern Norway.

Read more about Vansjø case study here

Last updated 29.01.2021