Diffuse pollution sources, how to develop solutions for tackling those pressures at local level?

In this communication, it’s highlighted that at European level, the agricultural sector is the primary source of diffuse pollution, along with urban activities and industries to a lesser extent. In spite of some progress in relation to declining mineral fertilisers consumption, there are still many gaps in the basic measures put in place by Member States to address agricultural pressures, including a lack of measures to control phosphate and nitrates emissions outside nitrate vulnerable zones established under the Nitrates Directive.

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