March 26, 2018

Call to host 2019 EIP Water conference

Welcome to the latest newsletter from EIP Water, the European Innovation Partnership.

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The EIP Water secretariat.

In this edition

Projects, Products and Update

Call for hosting the fifth EIP Water Conference in 2019

The EIP Water is pleased to announce this call for a host city and conference partners for the fifth EIP Water Conference which is planned to take place in 2019. The conference shall be preceded or followed by side events and site visits. We are now inviting all interested host cities and conference partners to develop and submit their proposals by the deadline of 31 July 2018.

The 2017 EIP Water conference in Porto

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Featured projects

1. Citizen engagement in flood emergencies and relief using digital platform

2. Design of policies for sustainable management of ecosystems.
In Portugal
In the French Alps
3. Flood mitigation and mobility development in Ljubljana

Independent Implementation review of EIP Water – Update

Some initial conclusions of the evaluation are as follows:

The main achievements of the EIP Water to date have been:

  • Bringing together actors from across the water sector;
  • Increasing the visibility of the water sector amongst EU policy-makers;
  • Facilitating networking amongst water sector stakeholders.

Some of the main concerns identified are:

  • The mission of the EIP Water is not sufficiently clearly defined;
  • Water is not high enough on the European (EU) public policy agenda. Water is a cross-sectoral   topic, but is at present primarily dealt with by EC-DG ENV;
  • Lack of financing for projects in the water sector (both applicable to projects relating to the EIP Water, but also more generally applicable to the water sector).
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Action Group News


project consultation marks first year of implementation of NAIAD. Important advances have been made in knowledge systematization and the fine tuning of methodological approaches, to better understand biophysical, social and economic context of NBS development and on-site implementation, in response to flood risks, arising from climate changes.

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developing a study on “Urban Adaptation to Climate Change” in Burjassot, Spain. Urban Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) is a crucial issue in urban water resources management at a global level. RESEWAM-O is tackling it here in an original and innovative way by integrating conventional scientific and technical resources with high-resolution remote sensing techniques.

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Renewable Energy Desalination

member, Seawater Greenhouse, launches novel RE desalinated seawater greenhouse. First Crop Grown Solely with Renewable Energy Desalinated Seawater in Drought-Stricken Somaliland.

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big and fast data management in the water sector to be presented at European Water Tech Week in Leeuwarden in September. Starting with a helicopter view then diving down into sensoring, dataflow and data analysis to create building blocks for sensible data management, delegates will gain insight on the latest smart water approaches, be presented international business cases, innovative technology and future perspectives.

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is furthermore presenting a paper called On-line Measuring Sensors for Smart Water Network monitoring at the International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC 2018) in Palermo, Italy, July.

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waste water treatment plant for Sohar, Oman. The Action Group has made a number of commercial successes, including the recent MoU to build a pkant in the Port of Sohar in Oman.

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City Blueprints included in European Forum Report

The City Blueprint Approach was incorporated in the European Forum Report on Water for the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia.

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Financing Opportunities

Opportunity for 3 early stage researchers to do their PhD in the area of smart sensing and intelligent monitoring through IOT technology.

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Call for applications for the selection of members of the technical expert group on sustainable finance

The European Commission has published a call for applications with a view to selecting members for a technical expert group on sustainable finance. The deadline for applications is 16 April. The group will assist the Commission in the development of:

  • an EU taxonomy of climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation and other environmental activities
  • an EU Green Bond Standard
  • other climate-related metrics

The call is a follow-up to the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance that was adopted by the European Commission on 8 March.

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Announcements and Events

JRC report published on minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agriculture

This science for policy report will be used as basis for defining EU legislation on the reuse of water in agriculture.

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Launched: interactive database of best practices in local water management

The interactive POWER platform is filled with expert information about water related issues in cities.

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WATER2Return project wants your input on project objectives for slaughterhouse water treatment and nutrient recovery in agriculture.

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Access to the Chinese Market for Water Technologies.

A new initiative, headed by the China Europe Water Platform and supported by the EU Partnership Instrument, will strengthen European Companies’ access to the Chinese Market for Water Technologies.

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Dutch Water Authorities publish report:

The Value of the Circular Economy of Waste Water. Resource Factory enables the recovery of clean water, cellulose, bioplastics, phosphate, bio-ALE, and biogas from municipal wastewater at a value of €233 million per year in the Netherlands alone.

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Feasibility study completed for nature-based solutions for decentralized wastewater treatment in the Lower Danube

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AfriAlliance: Apply to create Action Groups by April 30

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Other water related events

Global Water Summit 2018 – Paris, April 15-17

POWERSTEP (energy recovery from sewage) workshop, Timisoara, Romania, April 17

RENEXPO Water and Energy 2018 – Belgrade, April 24-26

2018 Danube Water Conference, Vienna, May 2-3

Smart Specialisation and Technology Transfer Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 3-4
Danube Eastern Europe Regional Water Forum 2018, Bucharest, May 14-16
IFAT exhibition, Munich, May 14-18
Tehran Knowledge Week, May 19-23
SWAN conference, Barcelona, May 21-22
5th Water India Expo - Pragati Maidan, India, May 23-25
Water Technology Conference, Brussels, May 30

Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub at Aquatech China, Shanghai, May 31-June 2
2018 Water JPI Conference, Helsinki, 6-7 June

EASME Water Innovation Investor Café, Brussels, June 12
Water Innovation Europe, Brussels, 13-14 June
International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC 2018) (featuring Ctrl+SWAN), Palermo, Italy, June 1-6
Singapore International Water Week, July 8-12

Water Efficiency Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, 5-7 September 2018
IWA World Water Congress, Tokyo, September 16-21
5th EU Water Conference, Vienna, September 20-21
European Water Tech Week, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, September 24-27 2018

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