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Tackling European Water Challenges

Tackling European Water Challenges

Objective

Water is a critical resource for the European society. Beside its main life function, freshwater also provides many other functions essential to our economy such as transport, energy provision, heat exchange, cleaning, washing, and constitutes a necessary raw material for many industries. Water availability in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is an issue of highest priority and represents a pan-European and global societal challenge. Water challenges cannot be successfully tackled through the isolated effort of individual national research and innovation programmes. A significant share (more than 70%) of public spending in water research and technology development is programmed, executed and evaluated at national level.
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) aim at a coordinated and strategic approach to public national and regional research and innovation funding in Europe. Ten critical societal challenges have been identified in Europe and are being addressed through Joint Programming. “Water Challenges for a Changing World” (the Water JPI) is one of them. The Water JPI aims at achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and beyond.
WatEUr will prepare and support the successful development and implementation of the Water JPI. WatEUr will permeate the structures of the Water JPI to impulse progress towards JPI objectives. Now that Water JPI Vision and Management Structure have been developed, actions are needed to sustain the current structures and to fasten progress in joint activities between national/regional programmes in Europe that will make the Water JPI instrumental to the Research, Development and Innovation community, and effective in tackling European water challenges. Examples of such joint activities include the recurrent mapping of national and regional RDI funding, institutions, programmes and projects, the iterative production of Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas, the undertaking of joint activities including the coordination of joint RDI agendas, joint call(s) on a variable geometry, coordination with water RDI activities within and outside Europe and joint dissemination.
WatEUr and the Water JPI will benefit researchers, policy-makers, water authorities, utility operators, industry, farmers, and citizens by developing new solutions to water challenges. Solutions will include safe supply of clean drinking water, improved protection against new emerging water pollutants or pathogens and water hazards like floods and droughts, and a progressive shift towards a more water-efficient economy in Europe.
Water knows neither political nor administrative borders. As a matter of fact, most of the European territory falls within transboundary watersheds. WatEUr will assist the Water JPI in addressing fragmentation, preventing duplication of efforts and guaranteeing sufficient critical mass.

Coordinator

MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD

Address

Paseo De La Castellana 162
28046 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 432 590

Administrative Contact

Rosa Rodríguez-Bernabé (Dr.)

Participants (17)

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FUNDACAO PARA A CIENCIA E A TECNOLOGIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 229 019

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 94 999

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 164 999

MINISTERIE VAN ECONOMISCHE ZAKEN EN KLIMAAT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 127 300

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

MILJOVERNDEPARTEMENTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 49 999

SUOMEN AKATEMIA

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 124 998

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OF IRELAND

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 43 999

Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 30 999

IDRYMA PROOTHISIS EREVNAS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

OFFICE NATIONAL DE L EAU ET DES MILIEUX AQUATIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 39 999

TURKIYE SU ENSTITUSU

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

NORGES FORSKNINGSRAD

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 9 999

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 94 999

Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 125 000

AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA RECHERCHE

France

EU Contribution

€ 110 210

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 322655

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    30 June 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 342 604,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 997 109

Coordinated by:

MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD

Spain