The Water Framework Directive requires the development of watershed management plans and remedial actions to improve water quality and ecological quality of surface, ground waters and coastal zone. To date, environmental technologies have been implemented in a βsurgicalβ approach without any concern of the impact to the watershed area as a whole. The premise of this proposal is the following: βThe selection, design characteristics and implementation of environmental friendly technologies for the minimization of non-point source pollution from agricultural lands should be conducted in conjunction with the development of watershed and coastal zone management plans.β There is a need to integrate the design of environmental technologies with the watershed management plans. The objective of this proposal is the demonstration of a βtoolboxβ of environmental friendly technologies for the minimization of non-point source pollution from agricultural lands and integration of their design in the watershed management plan of the Evrotas river basin and its coastal zone. This project is in line with the Rural Development Policy of EU regarding the objectives of axis 2 (land management/environment) and specifically the agri-environmental measures.
The Programme is completed