Factsheet: Manure decree

Manure decree

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Manure decree - Decree of 22 December 2006 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Mestdecreet - Decreet van 22 december 2006 houdende de bescherming van water tegen de verontreiniging door nitraten uit agrarische bronnen
Description: 
The Flemish Manure Decree is the transposition of the European Nitrates Directive in Flemish legislation. The Directive fixes a basic norm for ground and surface water of maximum 50 mg nitrate per litre. As in other MS, this norm was not reached everywhere and measures needed to be taken. One of the causes of too high nitrate concentrations in the water is the way animal manure was applied to agricultural lands. The first Manure Decree was approved in 1991, and has been modified several times. The decree poses limits for nitrogen & phosphor spreading on agricultural land and obligations for manure treatment.
Goal/Aim: 
- Ground and surface water protection. - Limit nitrogen and phosphor spreading on agricultural land.
Responsible Authority: 
VLM

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1991
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013