Agriculture, Governance

Danish Case study – Danish Nitrate Action Programme and Danish regulation of nutrients in agriculture [Sep. 2019]


2008 - Ongoing

The diverse, flexible and harmonic mix of different policy instruments as well as the explicit links to co-benefits with other policy objectives make the Danish approach a good example. However, Danish agriculture still is very intensive, albeit efficient. Therefore, while the technical aspects can be partially or fully applied in other countries, the quotas and nitrogen levels permitted should be questioned against the respective national context (also with respect to biodiversity).


Policy Type: Tool Box

  • Choice of measures for farmers
  • Farmers are compensated for their efforts to reduce nitrogen leaching
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Improvedwater and air quality

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