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Towards smart and sustainable water use in agriculture

Brussels, Belgium

With agriculture accounting for more than a third of water use in Europe, European farmers bear major responsibility for safeguarding Europe's water resources. In order to live up to this responsibility while producing good quality, affordable food, EU farmers will have to adopt practices that reduce consumption and increase water productivity, use and re-use water efficiently, adapt to the effects of climate change, and manage their lands in ways that maintain their natural water retention capacities and the resilience of water ecosystems.

The EESC Hearing "Towards Smart and Sustainable Agricultural Water Use in Europe" will highlight current practices for improved water management in agriculture. It will look into the skills and resources that EU farmers need in order to manage water sustainably, and the extent to which the measures proposed under the CAP until 2020 and the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources address these needs.

The conclusions from the hearing will feed into the EESC Opinion NAT/593 Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources.