Poland: webinar on water use in agriculture
Water resources and water management are undoubtedly among the most important factors determining agricultural production. Friday, 26th March at 14:30 hours, a webinar on water use in agriculture in the context of climate change will take place. Dolf Kern, representative of Deltacommissaris (Netherlands), will participate. In addition, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) provided a quick scan on the opportunities in Poland for the Dutch water sector.
Webinar on water use in agriculture in context of climate change
Water resources and water management are undoubtedly among the most important factors determining agricultural production and rural development. Thursday, 26th March at 14:30 hours, a webinar on water use in agriculture in the context of climate change will take place. The webinar is organized by Polish organization - European Fund for the Development of Polish Villages Foundation – who organizes yearly a 3-days meeting for a broad range of stakeholders involved in agri-food sector. This year online webinars are going to take place due to corona virus and restrictions. To participate please register here: https://www.forum-jasionka.pl/
Water resources and proper water management in rural areas are becoming more and more often a prerequisite for a high level of agricultural production. Droughts and floods not only reduce the yield of crops and deteriorate the fodder value of livestock crops, but also increase the risk of animal diseases, weeds and crop pests.
What are the perspectives of Polish agriculture in the context of access to water resources, climate change, the growing importance of activities related to environmental protection, the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, structural changes in farms and multifunctionality of rural areas? How is agricultural production affected by extreme weather phenomena – droughts and floods? Can Poland benefit from the experience of the countries which have introduced innovative solutions within the scope of water management for agricultural purposes?
- Nina Dobrzyńska – Director of Department of Plant Breeding and Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland
- Inmaculada Bravo Domínguez – Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Nutrition
- Chris Carson – Agriculture Counsellor in the New Zealand Permanent Mission in Brussels
- Grzegorz Szymoniuk – Director of the Department of Protection against Floods and Drought at the National Water Management Authority (PGW WP)
- Tomasz Szymczak, PhD Eng. – expert of Pracownia Gospodarki Wodnej HYDROSFERA
- Matusz Balcerowicz – Director of the Innovations Department of the National Support Centre for Agriculture
- Bruno Molle, Phd – Head of the Research Plateform on irrigation from INRAE (France)
- Dolf Kern – representative of Deltacommissaris (Netherlands)
Quick scan Opportunities water sector
The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) provided a quick scan to identify market opportunities in Poland in the water sector on the following sub-sectors:
• Climate adaptation in urban areas
• Inland Waterways and river management
• (Agricultural) Droughts and efficient use of water
• Water technology: drinking water supply, waste water treatment and resource recovery
In Poland, the theme 'droughts' is strongly intertwined with agriculture and inland waterways as weel as water scarcity issues in the urban areas. The drought experienced by agriculture is dealt with as well on the national as regional level.
" Water and ICT is an internationally rapidly growing domain. This offers many opportunities e.g. for the optimization of water supply for agriculture and the reduction of flood risk. The Netherlands has a very strong and competitive position in this domain. Innovative Dutch companies developed the “more crop per drop” concept. Also
the innovations of the Wageningen University, stand in the front row of the innovative approach to the climate challenges."
If you would like to read more about the agricultural droughts in Poland, you can read our latest report here or watch back our webinar which we organized, giving an overview of the drought situation and the government and scientific policies in this area.