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Network for effective knowledge transfer on safe and economic wastewater reuse in agriculture in Europe

Project description

Showing the benefits of reusing water in agriculture

The agricultural reuse of treated wastewater is considered a reliable water supply – independent of seasonal drought and weather variability. However, it is an underused means of increasing water supply and alleviating pressure on over-exploited water resources in the EU. In this context, the EU funded SuWaNu Europe project will explore water reuse in eight target regions: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. Its aim is to bridge the current innovation gaps and achieve effective implementation of reuse solutions in agriculture. SuWaNu Europe will summarise, share and present existing and upcoming knowledge and skills in the field of water reuse in agriculture to the relevant stakeholders such as farmers and farming advisory groups.

Objective

Reclaimed water has a strong potential for complementing conventional water resources. According to the European Commission communication “Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy” (COM(2015)0614): “in addition to water-efficiency measures, the reuse of treated wastewater in safe and cost-effective conditions is a valuable but under-used means of increasing water supply and alleviating pressure on over-exploited water resources in the EU”. Water reuse is especially relevant in agriculture as this is one of the main water consumers, having additional benefits for farmers: lower cost compared to other solutions (e.g. desalination), reliability of supply regardless of season, climatic conditions and associated water restrictions, and nutrients contribution of the treated wastewater that can supplement or replace conventional fertilizers. Based on the results of a previous EU project called SuWaNu (contract number 319998) whose main result was to set research driven clusters in the field of water reuse in 5 target countries: Malta, Spain, Germany, Greece and Bulgaria, SuWaNu Europe is intended to bridge the current innovation gaps and achieve an effective implementation of reuse solutions in agriculture. SuWaNu Europe will extend the geographical coverage of its predecessor and will summarize, share and present existing and upcoming knowledge and skills in the field of water reuse in agriculture to the relevant stakeholders such as farmers and farming advisory groups. SuWaNu Europe will also create regional working groups for the development of action plans. These action plans will set strategies at regional level with the objective of boosting innovation in the agricultural and water sectors, improving best practice development and identifying the most appropriate channels to reach stakeholders. In addition to this, dissemination and training will create the capacity and competencies needed to implement these results.

Call for proposal

H2020-RUR-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-RUR-2018-1

Coordinator

BIOAZUL, SL
Net EU contribution
€ 213 819,49
Address
AVENIDA MANUEL AGUSTIN HEREDIA NUMERO 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga
Spain

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sur Andalucía Málaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 213 819,49

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