Results of the CATCH POLLUTION project

In September, 2019, after two years of intensive work together with our partners from Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy (VDUŽŪA) (Lithuania) and Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics(AREI) (Latvia), we finished implementation of the project “Optimal catch crop solutions to reduce pollution in the transboundary Venta and Lielupe river basins” (LLI-49 CATCH POLLUTION) which was supported by the Interreg V-A Latvia-Lithuania Cross Border cooperation programme 2014-2020.

The main objective of the project was to investigate catch crop potentials to reduce agricultural pollution in the transboundary Venta and Lielupe RBDs, extend the existing knowledge about catch crops and quantify their potential environmental effects and benefits, support farmers in decision making, and initiate a dialog between farmers, experts and stakeholders about future developments of agri-environmental measures in Latvia and Lithuania.

To facilitate a wider application of catch crops, project experts prepared recommendations for catch crop support and guidance on the required implementation actions. The decision support tool was elaborated to help farmers in finding catch crop options best suiting to the needs of their farm.

We are happy to share the project results.

Decision support tool to select optimal catch crop schemes

Project reports:

Joint concept document regarding application of catch crop solutions to reduce agricultural pollution in the transboundary Venta and Lielupe river basins

Ecological status of  Venta and Lielupe RBD water bodies and pollution reduction goals

Agricultural practices in Venta and Lielupe RBDs

Catch crops and their growing potentials

Environmental effects of catch crops

Cost and benefit analysis of catch crop application in Venta and Lielupe RBDs

Project implementation period: April 1, 2017 – September 30, 2019                                                                      Project number: LLI-49                                                                                                                                        Project acronym: CATCH POLLUTION                                                                                                              Project budget: 201 845 EUR                                                                                                                                    ERDF funding: 171 568 EUR                                                                                                                                      Project supported by Interreg V-ALatvia-Lithuania Cross Border cooperation programme 2014-2020 (                                                                                                                                                            More info: