Co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, this project was a nominee in the ‘Digital Futures’ category of the 2021 Rural Inspiration Awards organised by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). Its participatory monitoring process facilitated greater understanding and collaboration between farmers and water authorities. While water management problems differ between regions, the process of jointly collecting, learning from and acting on data is applicable across regions.
As Mr Velstra explains: “We need fast internet in rural areas because a lot of farmers and water authorities have to make decisions on an hourly basis. If we take a measurement and only see the results in a week’s time, it is too late: the problem has already occurred. If you have fast internet, you have direct access to your data and can decide on the spot what to do”.