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Porto to host the next EIP Water conference in 2017, 15. September 2016
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Welcome to the September newsletter of EIP Water, the European Innovation Partnership.

Bringing you the latest on water innovation in the European Union, these are this month’s headlines:

City Blueprints Action Group demonstrates pioneering IWRM for Quito

Bringing the power of gaming to water-land-food-energy-climate nexus policymakers

Funding call for pan-European research collaboration

Porto to host EIP Water conference 2017

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The EIP Water secretariat.


Porto to host EIP Water conference 2017

Around 600 innovators will be heading to Portugal in a years time for the next EIP Water conference. Aiming to break down the barriers to innovation, showcase best practice and bring “demand and supply” together, Porto follows in the footsteps of previous hosts Leeuwarden, Barcelona and Brussels. Expressing his delight about the announcement, the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, described the city as a living laboratory for smart urban technologies, including water. Visits to local innovation sites will give delegates a practical opportunity to see for themselves in the week of September 25 (exact date to follow).

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1570 innovation projects

now available on EIP Water Marketplace. From new technologies, PPPs, financing ecosystem service to test sites, you’ll find a whole host of collaborators at EIP Water. Search and bookmark the projects that particularly interest you, and reach out to their members by logging in here.

Baltic Flows project protects Baltic Sea water quality

Joining forces across Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia and Sweden, researchers have pooled their knowledge and resources about rainwater monitoring and management for streams, rivers and urban runoff that feed the Baltic Sea.

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Wetnet gives water network operators better control

With in-pipe sensoring, the Wetnet solution provides a cost-effective way to precisely collect data on network performance, leading to a better service provision and collection of revenues, use of water resources, and a reduced energy and environmental impact. For new build, or retrofit, the solution is flexible to be deployed step-by-step alongside existing control systems and is easy to maintain.

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The FP7 funded EU project E4Water has demonstrated sustainable integrated water systems are essential for efficient water management and addressing societal, environmental and economic challenges globally. The success of the project and its outcomes, published in April 2016, demonstrate effective decoupling of economic growth and water use in the chemical industry.

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SIM4NEXUS – Gaming for a circular economy

Starting in June 2016, the SIM4NEXUS project has set out to develop a framework an integrated resource-use and policy assessment tool that will help decision makers build a balanced, efficient nexus of water, land, food, energy and climate change resilience. A major output will be a ‘serious game’ providing an immersive experience for testing and evaluating policy decisions and filling knowledge and technology gaps.

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Women leading regeneration of village water resources

40,000 villagers are benefitting from a collective move to protect water resources with innovation in Uttar Pradesh, India. Started 5 years ago, the scheme has increased the resilience to water scarcity in in 96 villages by building communal responsibility, developing water security plans, building water literacy and public campaigning.

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EIP Water at 3 ½ years of age

Status quo published in review report. Some highlights: 29 Action Groups with 600 participating organisations, 100 test sites, strong governance in the Steering Group, online Marketplace with 2,500 members and 1,570 projects, newsletter to 4700 subscribers, 3 strong annual conferences.

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EIP Water in the news

5 key barriers to water innovation laid bare. Sufficient financing the clear obstacle to stimulating and using water innovation in Europe.

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EIP AGRI publishes report on farming with water-scarcity

Farmers are being forced to rethink their management strategies to deal with the water-scarcity arising from climate change. This report recommend choosing crops that use less water, using available water more efficiently and increasing irrigation efficiency.

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City Blueprint

City Blueprint Quito case study used to make 7 recommendations for Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) to United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (17-20 October, Quito).

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Help draw up EU guidelines to protect water utilities against chemical and biological risks (Real Time Water Quality Monitoring Action Group): Survey input requested by September 30, 2016.

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WIRE Action Group advises Turkish government on irrigation management. Luciano Mateos was called to Ankara at the end of April for a European Commission led “Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX)” that showcased best practice in the EU, introduced future plans and developed recommendations for Turkey.

The same day WIRE was invited as a contributor in the agricultural sector to participate in the “ERIAFF 2016 Technical Conference: Agriculture, Water and Climate Change Present & Future Challenges for EU Regions” in Extremadura, Spain. WIRE representative Adriano Battilani helped better link EIP Water with EIP AGRI (‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’) and the regions where agriculture, forestry and food industries are a key priority.

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Funding call for researchers

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) pools and leverages research by building bridges between science and markets that better enable breakthrough developments. New funding can be applied for by researchers, engineers and scholars by December 1 to finance meetings, conferences, workshops, training and dissemination activities.

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Free PCP support for EU public procurers

The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) initiative will support 6 procurers in developing a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) by providing assistance (including legal) in the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement, including water innovation PCPs. All public procurers from EU member states are eligible to apply for assistance by November 17, 2016.

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Recommended Reading

Evaluating Horizon 2020 and designing FP9: Input from Norway and Denmark.

Sustainability Now! A European Vision for Sustainability: Karl Falkenberg, European Political Strategy Centre notes, 20 July 2016.

Sanitation, Wastewater Management and Sustainability: From Waste Disposal to Resource (UNEP and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)).

How innovative is your country? European Commission report on 2016 results of the European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the Innobarometer.

Drought risk management: A strategic approach.

Farm factory uses 95% less water.  June 7, Daily Mail, UK

Announcements and Events

US$7.5 million call for water for food innovation

for developing countries. Apply by October 10 if you are a scientist, entrepreneur or problem solver and interested in funding projects that reduce water scarcity in the food value chain.

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Innovation competition launched for smart use of water data

Imagine H2O today announced its second annual California Water Policy Challenge, with US$ 40,000 of prize money for the winner that best enables the deployment of water data innovations and technologies.

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Other water related events

WEFTEC – New Orleans, USA, 23-29 September.

Smart River International Conference – Ferrara, Italy, 23 September.

IDA Water Reuse and Recycling Conference – Nice, France, 25-27 September.

Online Training – 26 September. Helping researchers have greater stakeholder impact

BLUE DANUBE “Danube Transnational Programme” – Bucharest, 29 September.

Wetsus Congress “Financing Innovation” – Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 3-4 October.

European water entities@World Sustainable Development Summit – Delhi, 5-8 October.
1.   India-EU Water Forum
2. EU Water Management Greenovation Booth)

SmArt water management with Integrated Decision support System (SAID) Workshop – Lourdes, France, 19 October.

Managed Aquifer Recharge Advanced Study Course (Water Quality and Reactive Modeling, MARSOL FP7 EU project) – Barcelona, 7 ‐ 9 November 2016.

Iwater 2016 – Barcelona, 15-17 November.

See our full event list

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