Participatory pesticide and nutrient monitoring strategies are an important part of the WaterProtect project as it is an established and accepted way to make informed decisions for the public.
Through the common collection of data that are credible to multiple parties, participatory monitoring is an essential instrument for generating trust among actors.
In every Action lab, WaterProtect will engage actors from the start by combining pesticide and nutrient monitoring data in the case studies from various data sources leading to harmonised datasets.
To increase the trust, awareness and credibility of the monitoring, farmers and the public will be engaged in the design and the setup of water monitoring. To increase accessibility of the data, the apps visualizing the monitoring data on mobile phones and tablets will be developed. Kits for self-monitoring of nutrients in water will be promoted as part of the information and awareness campaigns.