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Dear Reader

We are pleased to announce that we have finished evaluating proposals for the EIP Water Action Groups. Congratulations to the winning proposals!  

The best nine proposals were selected as Action Groups and will soon start their work. These Action Groups will serve as a reference and lessons from their work will guide the development of future proposals for Action Groups. The start of the nine selected Action Groups’ activities marks the graduation of EIP Water from a concept to a fully-operational initiative in just one year.
This year, we will continue driving and facilitating the development of innovative solutions to global water challenges in order to help create market opportunities, jobs and economic growth. We are very thankful for the enthusiastic participation and support of the many stakeholders, who were closely involved in the inaugural call for expressions of commitment for Action Groups, and look forward to seeing the first Action Groups deliver tangible results, among other EIP Water successes in the future.
Best regards,
The Secretariat


Nine EIP Water Action Groups selected

With a total of 64 proposals submitted in response to the call for expressions of commitment to establish Action Groups, and over 700 individual organizations participating in the development of these proposals, the relevance of the EIP Water in the sector is abundantly clear. The evaluation of proposals also commanded widespread attention within the European Commission with officials from ten different Directorates General  participating in the process.

Only the best proposals - nine in total - were accepted as Action Groups. This was in keeping with the EIP Water Steering Group’s decision at its May 24th meeting. The rest of the applicants have received detailed suggestions on how to improve their proposals and have been encouraged to optimize and re-submit them for the second call in November 2013.

The successful proposals fulfill all the requirements of the first call and show the most promising approaches. They combine innovative ideas to be implemented with partners across the innovation value chain and demonstrate potential to achieve concrete deliverables. The selected Action Groups cover seven out of eight priority areas of the EIP Water as defined in its Strategic Implementation Plan; they include participating organizations from over 20 EU Member States as well as non-EU member countries and from the supply and demand sides of water innovation. More information on the Action Groups is available here

The emerging Action Groups will be actively supported by the EIP Water secretariat, the European Commission and selected Steering Group members to advance their activities and help increase impact. Lessons from these Action Groups will help to inform other proposals from the first call as well as future proposals. Overall, the response to the first call was impressive with a high number of promising proposals, which present a wide variety of topics and show ambitious objectives.

The next call for proposals of the EIP Water is planned for November 2013.

Innovations in sanitation and irrigation technologies win Stockholm awards

Renowned sanitation innovator Dr. Peter Morgan of Zimbabwe and Israel-based Netafim, pioneers of drip irrigation, were recently named the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and the winner of the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award respectively.

Both prizes will be presented by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) during the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm this coming September. Dr. Morgan has invented and advanced low-cost practical solutions to provide access to safe sanitation and clean water for millions of people worldwide over the past four decades. Netafim pioneers an irrigation technology that dramatically improves water, energy and labour productivity; currently, more than ten million hectares of farmland globally are irrigated with drip irrigation.

More details on the Stockholm Water prize and Dr. Peter Morgan’s work here

More details on the Stockholm industry Water Award and Netafim’s work here

For more information and media requests, please contact Britt-Louise Andersson at SIWI

EIP Water Conference on 21 November

The first EIP Water Conference with the slogan “Networking – Interacting – Innovating” will take place on 21 November 2013 in Brussels. A separate announcement and guidance on the registration process will soon be circulated.


Steering Group adopts Operational plan, discusses Headline Targets, hears about financing for innovation

The Steering Group of the EIP Water, chaired by Environment Commissioner Potočnik, had its first meeting in the operational phase of the EIP on May 24th.

In addition to providing guidance on the selection of the Action Groups, the Steering Group adopted the Operational Plan for the first year of activities. Furthermore, Headline Targets (HLT's) - brief and strong messages to be used for communication and monitoring purposes - were discussed with the ensuing decision to integrate them in a wider communication strategy. Subsequent communication activities will focus on various relevant groups, including the general public, and will be on the agenda of the next Steering Group meeting.

Mr. Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and member of the Steering Group, presented views on financing for water innovation and the role of the EIB. A market study will be conducted to better understand the nature of demand for innovation financing; identify the gaps in supply of products and how best to address them; and indicate what respective role the EIB, the European Commission and any other parties can and should play.


OECD-led Initiative on Water Governance kicks off

Last 27-28 March 2013 was the official kick-off meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, at OECD Headquarters in Paris, with over 100 participants.  The Initiative provides for a multi-stakeholder network of 90 delegates from local, national and international public, private and not-for-profit sectors that will gather twice a year in a Policy Forum to share experiences, good practices and lessons from reforms, projects and initiatives in support of better governance in the water sector. The creation of this international consultation mechanism is rooted in the OECD-led Core Group on Good Governance up to the 6th WWF (Marseille, 2012) and was a commitment  from the OECD during the Forum.
Water governance is one of the EIP Water’s eight priority areas and over eighteen percent of the proposals received after the first EIP Water call for expression of commitments focused on this area; the OECD is represented on the EIP’s Taskforce.
The OECD-led initiative will provide for a technical platform that will, amongst others:  
  • peer-review and discuss future OECD work on water governance to help governments take the necessary steps for effective water policy reforms;
  • support the implementation of the 6th World Water Forum (WWF) Good Governance Targets up to the 7th WWF (Korea, 2015) through experience sharing, analytical work, and bench-learning;
  • contribute to the design of OECD Principles on Water Governance and other policy tools to provide recommendations for decision-makers at all levels;
  • raise the profile of governance in the global and post-2015 Water Agenda while conveying key messages and outcomes from the work to be carried out.
A call for contribution will be extended in July to participate in the thematic and regional working groups of the OECD Water Governance Initiative whose next official meeting will be held at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 5-6 November 2013. 

Find more information including the scoping note, presentation of the initiative and the 27-28 March 2013 launch event here or contact Ms Aziza Akhmouch at OECD for further details.

From Kenya to China: The Spread of Innovative Water Solutions

Green Water Credits were first used in 2007 in Kenya's Tana River Basin, and in many ways they laid the groundwork for WWF's ground-breaking payments for watershed services now underway in the Lake Naivasha watershed. They work by compensating upstream farmers for incorporating soil and water conservation activities into their farming, and their use has since spread to Morocco and Malawi.

 In 2012, the concept spread to Asia as China picked it up with plans to implement it in the Yangtze River – China's longest and most economically important tributary. This type of information and experience sharing between developing countries like Kenya and China can lead to a host of benefits. Organizations from both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation concerning water resources management, as developing countries face many of the same challenges in terms of reducing poverty and building strong economies. Because of their similarities, it's often advantageous for these nations to share their experiences and learn what works and how it works and, as a result, produce innovative solutions faster. Read more here

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