Close cooperation between EIP MARsolutions and FP7 MARSOL Inno-Demo project

Close cooperation between EIP MARsolutions and FP7 MARSOL Inno-Demo project

The report presents a descriptive analysis of the responses to a survey about protection and preservation of groundwater conducted with a sample of Portuguese farmers of the Algarve region.
This survey was developed in the context of the project MARSOL – Managed Aquifer Recharge Solutions (European Union Seventh Framework Programme For Research, Technological Development and Demonstration – Grant Agreement nr. 619120).

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Dear AG 128 MARtoMARket

Dear AG 128 MARtoMARket partners,

I would like to share with you the attached report on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) interaction with Portuguese farmers as an innovative solution towards drought mitigation in the Southern Portuguese province of the Algarve. It is very interesting to read the farmers pro-active attitude towards innovation aiming incorporation and drought mitigation measures, e.g. Managed Aquifer Recharge as we are developing in EU sponsored FP7 INNO-DEMO MARSOL project:

Regarding the willingness to pay for a groundwater preservation and protection plan the maximum amount allocated by farmers vary between 1€ and 75€ (average of 15€), primarily allocated to their own use of groundwater and to the protection of groundwater-dependent ecosystems. It is important to highlight that a quarter of the respondents are not willing to pay for this plan. The underlying reasons for contributing to the groundwater preservation and protection stress the importance given to improving the quality and quantity of groundwater in the present and in the future, the sustainable use of groundwater and the proper management and preservation of the quality of aquifers.

I would appreciate if you could also share with us your experience with farmers on mitigation measures in drought prone areas?

Thanks and best regards,

JP Lobo Ferreira (AG 128 MARtoMARket coordinator)