Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of India and the European Union on water cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding for the India-EU Water Partnership has been undersigned on 7 October 2016 in New Delhi between the European Union and the Government of India. The full text is available at http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcements/memorandum-…

Website: http://www.eip-water.eu/memorandum-understanding-between-republic-india-and-european-union-water-cooperation

EU-AU-IIASA Evidence and Policy event on Water-Energy-Food nexus 30th August – 2nd September 2016

The European and African Union Commissions together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are organizing a highly participatory evidence and policy event in the field of the Water-Energy-Food nexus. The event will take place at the Joint Research Center site in Ispra, Italy from 31st August to 2nd September 2016, with a preliminary inception day on 30th August 2016 for some participants. The programme includes some lectures and panels with high level policy makers and scientists, but mainly comprises a series of interactive masterclasses.  Participants will develop their working practices, skills, behaviour and methods, in both the scientific and policy-making domains via masterclasses and group work.

The event aims to meet the following main goals: a) Enhance participants’ skills in integrating evidence into policy-making; b) Create a community of practice that will continue to collaborate afterwards; c) Stimulate the participants to share their new skills and learning with their colleagues.

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Circular Economy: Join the EU delegation to Chile on 25-26 April

The European Commission is organizing a delegation to Santiago de Chile in April to promote circular economy and green business opportunities.

The delegation will be led by Mr Daniel Calleja, the European Commission’s Director-General for Environment, and takes place on 25-26 April 2016 back-to-back with the XIV World Mining Exhibition and Congress for Latin America. The aim of the visit is to promote the circular economy and help European SMEs operate internationally.

If your are an SME or business representative and your activities are linked to circular economy, resource efficiency, eco-innovation, chemicals or water and waste management, you are invited to join the EU delegation.

The trip will start on 25 April 2016. If you’d like to participate, please fill in this registration form by Friday 25 March 2016.

Information on the fourth Call to be launched by Mexico under the EU-Mexico Research and Innovation Co-Funding Mechanism

The Conacyt-H2020 co-funding mechanism, in place since 2014, has been the first support scheme put in place by EU international partner countries providing a source of financing “project-by-project participation” to Mexican partners in successful Horizon 2020 projects covering all thematic areas under Horizon 2020.

This complementary funding mechanism has the objective of reinforcing EU-Mexico STI cooperation by increasing the participation of Mexican research institutions and companies in Horizon 2020 to work closely with European partners.

To this end, the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT) will publish in March 2015 the fourth call under the co-funding mechanism covering thematic areas, such as renewable energy, health, environment, ICT and climate change among others.

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Information on First Call launched by China for the EU-China Research and Innovation Co-Funding Mechanism

Further to the political agreement reached at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue and the Summit of 29 June and the conclusions of the EU-China Joint Steering Committee on S&T Cooperation of 30 October, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has published its first call for proposals under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM) for Research and Innovation.
The CFM is intended to support mainland China-based research and innovation organisations participating in Horizon 2020 projects. This first call covers a variety of thematic areas including food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization, and exchanges of young scientists.

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New INTERREG BALKAN-MED Programme 2014-2020 started

“INTERREG Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” is a new cooperation Programme, deriving from both the strong will of the “BalkanMed” participating countries to promote cooperation in the area and the split of the “South East Europe 2007-2013″. The Programme brings together five (5) countries, three (3) EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece) and two (2) candidate countries, Albania and the formerYugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

It is the first time ever that the European cooperation addresses the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea together, in a joint effort across maritime and terrestrial borders, to contribute to the “EU 2020” strategy, for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The BalkanMed Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with 28.330.108,00 Euros. The total support from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) fund accounts for 5.126.138,00 Euros. Therefore, the total budget of the Programme, including national contribution, is 39.727.654,00 Euros.

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The 19th Forum on Eco-innovation (27/10/15) is webstreamed

Do not miss the next forum on eco-innovation to take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 27-28 October 2015. The event will feature a full day conference on Tuesday 27 October 2015 which be webstreamed.

Your colleagues and contacts can follow the event through this website: http://ecoapforum.eu/webstreaming.html. No need to register for the webstreaming.

This 19th edition will explore business opportunities in eco-innovation, presenting the latest trends in the circular economy while focusing on innovative materials and products. It will present collaborative approaches between Europe and Asia to facilitate market access.

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RA-Can+ Twinning Programme – Call launched

With October 1, 2015 the ERA-Can+ project launched its first call for proposals. The Twinning Programme aims at supporting close collaboration between already existing European and Canadian research endeavours. Each twinning project should consist of at least one EU-funded project consortium (FP7 or Horizon 2020), and one Canadian project funded either at federal or provincial level. Both projects should be either running or have been completed for less than two years at the time of the proposal submission.

  • Twinning projects will be supported with up to 6 000€ per application.
  • Application deadline is January 4, 2016.

More information: http://www.era-can.net/canada/era-can-twinning-programme-era-can/

New climate economy report: greener cities could save €15 trillion worldwide

New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of US$17 trillion (€15 trillion) by 2050. These low-carbon investments could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more than the current annual emissions of India.

The New Climate Economy is the flagship project of Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – a major international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business.

Source: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/multisite/ecoap_stayconnected/news/new-climate-economy-report-greener-cities-could-save-eu15-trillion-worldwide_en

Source : http://newclimateeconomy.net/content/press-release-low-carbon-cities-are-us17-trillion-opportunity-worldwide

Workshop on Transatlantic Ocean Literacy 2015

The Technical University of Denmark, i.e. DTU Aqua, and the European Environment Agency will host a workshop on Transatlantic Ocean Literacy, during the  International Council for the Exploration of the Sea  (ICES) Annual Science Conference week, on 24-25 September in Copenhagen.

The event will focus on U.S.-EU cooperation on placing marine research in societal context, engaging the public and educating future researchers in how to capitalise on Ocean Literacy in the interest of addressing Blue Growth objectives in future Horizon 2020 calls. The objective is directly related to EU agenda on bridging the science-society divide through greater science literacy and public participation in the research and innovation process (http://ec.europa.eu/research/conferences/2015/era-of-innovation/index.cfm).

Ocean Literacy experts from NOAA, Un Connecticut, UC Berkely and Un Rhode Island will compliment two funded Horizon2020 project participants (H2020 ResponSEAble and H2020 SeaChange).

More details on attendees and program can be found under: http://www.conferencemanager.dk/TOL2015