January 31, 2018

EU-Gulf Water Innovation Exchange Successful in Abu Dhabi

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

Bringing you news on water innovation in the European Union, these are the headlines:

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The EIP Water secretariat.

In this edition

Projects, Products and Update

EIP Water knowledge exchange in the Arabian Gulf

The organisers of the International Water Summit asked EIP Water to lead a delegation to Abu Dhabi from January 15-18 to share knowledge on early-stage innovations for groundwater, industrial water and smart technologies.

Naji El Haddad, the event director, said: “Through the EU-Gulf Water Innovation Knowledge Exchange, visitors and delegates from around the Middle East have learnt how innovation is helping to implement EU water policies - some of the strictest in the world. Numerous collaboration opportunities were formed and the delegation was a vibrant highlight that helped to still a great thirst for knowledge about solutions for the challenges of arid regions.”
With 17 seminars, an exhibition, a session in the main conference and dozens of arranged meetings, the delegation had a busy time sharing their knowledge. But they also came away with business and collaboration opportunities, improved market knowledge, advancement ideas for their innovations, technology transfer projects and a widened professional perspective.
One delegate stated, “Experiences made in the EU translate well to the situation in the Gulf and we’ve effectively helped accelerate innovations that solve societal challenges whilst enhancing Europe's competitiveness, job creation and economic growth.”

Showcasing European water innovation in the Middle East: Rudy Rossetto, João-Paulo Lobo-Ferreira, Frederico Fernandes, Andrew Walker, Albert Jansen, Michaela Matauschek, Geoff Townsend and Gabriel Anzaldi

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Featured projects

1. How to tackle illegal water abstractions? Peer exchange project seeks input

2. Water at Copernicus Climate Change Service co-creating climate-resilient solutions
3. Urban planning of ecological landscapes in Slovakian study area

Independent implementation review of EIP Water

The independent, external evaluation of EIP Water is ongoing – with two Focus Group meetings scheduled with key stakeholders in Brussels on Wednesday 7th February to validate the interim findings and collaboratively develop interim recommendations and suggestions for improving EIP Water.
The online stakeholder survey has closed with 195 responses. A big thank you to everyone who took part in the survey. 17 phone interviews with key stakeholders were also undertaken with, for example, Steering Group members, Action Group leaders and the EIP Secretariat. The final results of the evaluation will be presented to the European Commission in early February and shared with EIP Water stakeholders once validated.

In case of any questions, please contact: Edward Sims (EY) -, or Laura Roman (Technopolis) -

Action Group News

Renewable Energy Desalination

contributes expertise to EU paper on water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus designed to operationalize circular economy approaches outside the EU.
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has a busy time ahead with activities culminating at two international conferences and their annual group meeting.
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Water Benchmarking

establishing an advisory council to prepare for becoming a European think tank.
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Realtime Water Quality Monitoring

evolving under new leadership to take growing market opportunities.
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In Interview

Rudy Rossetto and
João-Paulo Lobo-Ferreira 
(MAR Action Group)

talk about smart tech for managed aquifer recharge to Tom Freyberg during the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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Albert Jansen
(InduRe Action Group)

also in interview with Tom Freyberg, on developments in industrial water reuse.

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Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market

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Recommended Viewing

Announcements and Events

Improving asset management in Bulgaria

December 11 saw the final conference on asset evaluation methods organised by the Sofia water utility and the Bulgarian Water Association in cooperation with IAWD.

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Setting research priorities for future environmental water flows

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India-EU Water Partnership update

28 European experts joined the recent call to develop River Basin Management Plans in India with a further 15 keen to develop methodologies to assess ecological flows.

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Danube Water Program and World Bank seek water utilities wanting to employ more female staff

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Pro-active and innovative drought plan for Slovakia

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has reached important milestones in better understanding the nexus of water-land-food-energy-climate. One major report analyses the ‘nexus-compliance’ of current policies, and the extent to what degree they are fit-for-purpose for a resource efficient Europe, whilst "The main nexus challenges in 12 case studies" (download) shares experiences made.

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Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive – update with 4 implementation reports published

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AfriAlliance: Apply to create Action Groups by April 30

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Call for water governance study in Alpine region (deadline February 28)

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XENOWAC II conference - call for abstracts from Water JPI (deadline March 31)

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Call to join the REDAWN project:

Reducing energy dependency of water networks in the Atlantic coastal areas of Europe.
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DANTE project aims at identifying and eliminating administrative barriers for inland waterway transport (IWT) on the Danube River

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Other water related events

Water Market Europe 2018, Brussels, March 21
Global Water Summit 2018 – Paris, April 15-17
RENEXPO Water and Energy 2018 – Belgrade, April 24-26
Danube Eastern Europe Regional Water Forum 2018, Bucharest, May 14-16
5th Water India Expo - Pragati Maidan, India, May 23-25
2018 Water JPI Conference, Helsinki, June 6-7
Water Innovation Europe, Brussels, June 13-14
Water Efficiency Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, September 5-7
See our full event list
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