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An Inventory of Mitigation Methods and Guide to their Effects on Diffuse Water Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ammonia Emissions from Agriculture

Summarised information on a range of mitigation methods to reduce diffuse water pollution, air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions from agriculture.

Year of Publication2011

This document provides summarised information on a range of mitigation methods (options) to reduce diffuse water pollution, air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. It aims is to help users in developing policies and selecting suitable mitigation methods to meet the inter-acting and occasionally conflicting obligations.The document lists mitigation methods (options) and assesses the impact of each method on nitrogen losses (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium), phosphorus (total and soluble), sediment, biological oxygen demand (BOD) and faecal indicator organism (FIO) losses to water, and gaseous emissions (i.e. ammonia, nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide) to air. Where possible, the effect of a mitigation method on emissions to water and air has been quantified for the field area to which the method is applied or on a farm scale basis etc. Where such data are not available, the direction of change in emissions has been indicated.This document builds upon information contained in the previous “DWPA (Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture) User Manual”; the “Ammonia Mitigation User Manual”; and “A Review of Research to Identify Best Practice for Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Agriculture and Land Management”.

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