New Government’s agreement on a more targeted regulation of agriculture

On 22 December 2015, with a majority in parliament, the Danish government entered an agreement on strengthening of the agricultural sector in Denmark. This includes a change of water governance from a system mainly based on general regulation to a more targeted regulation. In this context, focus on constructed wetlands is strengthened as well as on the monitoring program and research aimed at targeted measures outside the cultivated area:

  • Wetlands 400 million DKK over 4 years (in addition to the 822 million DKK already earmarked).
  • Constructed wetlands 390 million DKK over 4 years.
  • Additional monitoring of nitrate in the form of approximately 100 new stations to strengthen the calculation of total loss of nitrate from land to sea. 30 million DKK over 4 years.
  • Monitoring nitrate upstream rivers to increase knowledge about the differential loss of nitrate in a catchment. 40 million DKK over 4 years.
  • Monitoring of nitrate in drainage systems. 8 million DKK over 4 years.
  • Research in nitrogen denitrification in different land types such as peatlands.16 million DKK over 4 years.
  • Research and testing of constructed wetlands (sub surface flow systems) and other measures outside the cultivated area. 56 million DKK over 4 years.
  • Pilot project on the establishment of stone reefs in the Limfjord. 20 million DKK.

See entire agreement (in Danish)