TEHO Plus - More effective agricultural water protection (2011-2013)
TEHO Plus is a joint project between the two Unions of Agricultural Producers (MTK Satakunta and MTK Varsinais-Suomi) and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in South-Western Finland. The funders of the projects are two ministries: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of the Environment.
Our focus areas are:
- Effective water protection in agriculture
- New ways for more sustainable farming
- Promoting methods for maintaining and improving biodiversity and landscape
- Saving energy in farms and adapting to climate change
Prospective water protection measures should be both environmentally and economically effective. Old, already adopted methods should be improved, evaluated and targeted on farm scale. New methods and ideas will be tested in practice. Also the environmental impact and cost-efficiency assessment of operations is estimated on farm, local and regional levels. More information on TEHO Plus Project:
Farm specific measures
The farmers knowledge and skills are vital and they will be utilized in the project as well as local environmental conditions, farm resources and prevailing practices are taken into account. The aim is to find farm-specific, the most suitable water protection measures, in close co-operation with farmers. TEHO Plus Project has 175 participating farmers.
As well known, changes in agricultural practices is reflected to the water quality with a delay, which complicates environmental impact assessment. Automatic water quality sensor stations are established in order to monitor effects on waters. Moreover, effectiveness of measures will be estimated using modeling. The results, conclusions and experience will be utilized in the preparation of the third Agri-Environmental Program in Finland (2014 -).
Read more about using GIS as a tool for targeting environmental measures. >> Targeting environmental advice and measures with GIS.pdf 30.10.2012 (3,1 Mt)
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