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Part A: Environment and Sustainable Development

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Key Actions
  • KEY ACTION 1: Sustainable Management and Quality of Water
    • 1.1. Integrated management and sustainable use of water resources at catchment scale
      • 1.1.1. Strategic planning and integrated management methodologies and tools at catchment scale
      • 1.1.2. Socio-economic aspects of sustainable use of water
      • 1.1.3. Operational management schemes and decision support systems
    • 1.2. Ecological quality of freshwater ecosystems and wetlands
      • 1.2.1. Ecosystem functioning
      • 1.2.2. Ecological quality targets
    • 1.3. Treatment and purification technologies
      • 1.3.1. Management of water in the city
      • 1.3.2. Waste water treatment and re-use
    • 1.4. Pollution prevention
      • 1.4.1. Abatement of water pollution from contaminated land, landfills and sediments
      • 1.4.2. Combating diffuse pollution
    • 1.5. Surveillance, early warning and communication systems
      • 1.5.1. Pollution surveillance and control
      • 1.5.2. Improved flood and drought forecasting
    • 1.6. Regulation of stocks and technologies for arid and semi-arid regions and generally water-deficient regions
      • 1.6.1. Water resources use and management
      • 1.6.2. Prevention and mitigation of saline water intrusion
      • 1.6.3. Technological development and management tools

  • KEY ACTION 2: Global Change, Climate and Biodiversity
    • 2.1. To understand, detect, assess and predict global change processes
      • 2.1.1. Atmospheric composition change
      • 2.1.2. Stratospheric ozone depletion
      • 2.1.3. Climate change prediction and scenarios
      • 2.1.4. Climate variability and abrupt climate changes
    • 2.2. To foster better understanding of terrestrial (including freshwater) and marine ecosystems and their interactions
      • 2.2.1. Ecosystem vulnerability
      • 2.2.2. Interactions between ecosystems and the carbon and nitrogen cycles
      • 2.2.3. Assessing and conserving biodiversity
    • 2.3. Scenarios and strategies for responding to global issues
      • 2.3.1. Mitigation and adaptation to global change
      • 2.3.2. Reconcilling the conservation of biodiversity with economic development
      • 2.3.3. Fighting land degradation and desertification
      • 2.3.4. Compatibility between EU and international environmental policies and links with trade
    • 2.4. European component of the global observing systems
      • 2.4.1. Better exploitation of existing data and adaptation of existing observing systems
      • 2.4.2. Development of new long-term observing capacity

  • KEY ACTION 3: Sustainable Marine Ecosystems
    • 3.1. Improved knowledge of marine processes, ecosystems and interactions
      • 3.1.1. Better assessment of naturally occuring mechanisms of ecosystem functioning
      • 3.1.2. Assessment of sedimentary systems for the sustainable management and use of the shelf, slope and deep-sea floor
      • 3.1.3. Transport pathways and impacts of pollutants, key elements and nutrients in the marine environment
    • 3.2. Reducing the anthropogenic impact on biodiversity and the sustainable functioning of marine ecosystems, and facilitating the development of safe, economic and sustainable exploitation technologies
      • 3.2.1. Reversing the trend in loss of marine biodiversity
      • 3.2.2. Reducing the effects of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment and recovering degraded marine systems
      • 3.2.3. Technologies for safe, sustainable and economic exploitation of marine resources
    • 3.3. Monitoring and managing coastal processes and the coastal zone
      • 3.3.1. Integrated studies on land-ocean interaction
      • 3.3.2. Coastal zone changes
      • 3.3.3. Coastal protection against flooding and erosion
      • 3.3.4. Coastal processes monitoring
    • 3.4. Operational forecasting of environmental constraints of offshore activities

  • KEY ACTION 4: City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage
    • 4.1. Sustainable city planning and rational resource management
      • 4.1.1. Improving urban governance and decision making
      • 4.1.2. Improving the quality of urban life
      • 4.1.3. Waste reduction and its life cycle management
      • 4.1.4. Economic development, competitiveness and employment
    • 4.2. Protection, conservation and enhancement of European cultural heritage
      • 4.2.1. Improved damage assessment on cultural heritage
      • 4.2.2. Development of innovative conservation strategies
      • 4.2.3. Foster integration of cultural heritage in the urban setting
    • 4.3. Development and demonstration of technologies for safe, economic, clean, effective and sustainable preservation, recovery, renovation, construction, dismantling and demolition of the built environment, in particular for large groups of buildings
      • 4.3.1. Revitalisation of city centres and neighbourhoods
      • 4.3.2 Optimum use of land and rehabilitation of brownfield sites
    • 4.4. Comparative assessment and cost effective implementation of strategies for sustainable transport systems in an urban environment
      • 4.4.1. Strategic approaches and methodologies in urban planning towards sustainable urban transport
      • 4.4.2. Comparative assessment and demonstration of new transport technologies and related infrastructure

RTD activities of a generic nature
  • RTD activities of a generic nature
    1. The fight against major natural and technological hazards
    2. The development of generic Earth observation satellite technologies
    3. Socio-economic aspects of environmental change in the perspective of sustainable development
Support for research infrastructures
  • Support for research infrastructures
    • Climate and global change research facilities
    • Marine research facilities
    • Natural hazards research facilities

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