The Race for Water Foundation is a charity dedicated to water preservation. The Foundation aims to identify, promote and help implement solutions that give end-of-life plastics a value and therefore prevent the plastic pollution of the waterways. Using an innovative approach inspired by the principles of a circular economy and social entrepreneurship, the foundation seeks to create new sources of income for the people most affected by pollution by giving an economic value to plastic waste.
In July this year the Race for Water vessel has been transformed into a scientific station, acting also as a conference center for the first “From plastic waste to energy” seminar and for the first workshop of the Odyssey 2017-2021.
More specifically, Race for Water was turned into a floating laboratory for a series of sampling and testing of micro-plastics on the Bermudian beaches and surrounding waters. Raimundo Blanco (University of Vigo), Camilla C. Carteny (University of Antwerp) and Christelle Clérandeau (University of Bordeaux) are the first scientists to benefit from the facilities on this 90m2 oceanographic research vessel. All three scientists are involved in the EPHEMARE project, supported by the European consortium, JPI Oceans, and are studying the contamination by micro-plastics and consequent effects on aquatic species, both invertebrates and fish. On board Race for Water, with the help of the crew and local scientists, they will collect as many micro-plastic samples as possible from water columns, emerged and submerged sediments, as well as sea cucumbers and bivalves. Three areas of interest will be covered: Whale Bone Bay, Well Bay and Evans Bay. The samples will then be used to distinguish the pollutants present on the surface of these micro-plastics and to measure their potential toxicity with respect to one or two model marine species.
This will be discussed during a side event of the Porto Water Innovation Week on 29 September 2017. The event will bring together water-related EU funded actions to discuss innovation in the water sector and address the different aspects and challenges in order to maximise impact.
Participants in different EU programmes and initiatives will share their achievements and experiences. They will highlight key enabling factors and barriers for research and innovation actions to reach the market, as well as to support policy making.
Other relevant stakeholders such as, investors, regulators, policy makers, innovation hubs, industrial partners and SMEs will also join the discussion and bring forward their views and perspectives.
The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), in collaboration with the EIP Water.
The following EU-funded projects will be present:
- SUBSOL – Bringing coastal SUBsurface SOLutions to the market
- WADI – Innovative Airborne Water Leak Detection Surveillance Service
- INCOVER – Innovative Eco-Technologies for Resource Recovery from Wastewater
- SALTGAE – Demonstration project to prove the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat saline wastewater from the food industry
- INTEGROIL – Demonstration of a Decision Support System for a Novel Integrated Solution aimed at Water Reuse in the Oil & Gas Industry
- AquaNES – Demonstrating synergies in combined natural and engineered processes for water treatment systems
- INNOQUA – Innovative Bio-based on-site Sanitation system for Water and Resource Savings
- WIDEST – Water Innovation through Dissemination & Exploitation of Smart Technologies
- ZERO BRINE – Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals: a circular economy approach for the recovery of resources from saline impaired effluent (brine) generated by process industries
- SYSTEMIC – Systemic large scale eco-innovation to advance circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe
- NAIAD – NAture Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration
- REGROUND – Colloidal Iron Oxide Nanoparticls for the Reclamation of Toxic Metal Contaminated GROUNDwater Aquifers, Drinking Water Wells, and River Bank Filtrations
- CENTAUR – Cost Effective Neural Technique for Alleviation of Urban Flood Risk
- RUN4LIFE – Recovery and utilization of nutrients 4 low impact fertilizer
- Water2REturn – REcovery and REcycling of nutrients TURNing wasteWATER into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture
- SIM4NEXUS – Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe
- BRIGAID – BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience
- SAID – SmArt water management with Integrated Decision support systems
- SMARTWATER4EUROPE – Demonstrating innovative Smart Water Network (SWN) for sustainable water supply, reliable quality control, energy optimization and improved customers’ interaction
- R3WATER – Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment
- BIOMETAL DEMO – Biometal demonstraton plant for the biological rehabilitation of metal bearing wastewaters
- MARSOL – Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought
- Saraswati – Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India
- AQUACROSS – Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies
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JPI Water is one of the altogether 10 Joint Programming Initiatives, launched in December 2011.
JPIs were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009. They are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes.
The aim of JPI Water is to tackle the challenge of “achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad,” by dealing with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. Europe invests an estimated amount of 500 million € per year to fund public research and innovation activities in water. While European countries invest 370 million €, the European Commission invests 130 million €.
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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-…
200 stakeholders attended the first annual international conference of the Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) held in Rome on the 19th May 2016. During the event, the new version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was presented and , its implementation and the benefits from international cooperation were discussed. The conference was chaired by Padraic Larkin (Ireland), Water JPI co-chair.
Maurice Héral, the Water JPI President, highlighted in his introductory speech, the present and future challenges related to water availability in the world and the importance of research in bringing effective solutions to tackle the threat of water stresses in many areas of the world.
This global and long term vision of water management was also supported by the FAO representative, Olcay Ünver, who focused his intervention on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on the challenges related to goal 6 concerning access to water and sanitation for all.
Panos Balabanis of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission explained strategies and initiatives to improve the role of Europe in the global water market, which in 2010 was estimated 480 billion of USD, through increased investments in science and technology vital to address global societal challenges in a more efficient and effective way.
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WssTP has opened the registrations for its annual stakeholder conference, Water Innovation Europe 2016, scheduled to take place from 21 to 23 of June at the Diamant Centre in Brussels. This year’s edition is dedicated to the topic ‘Water Smart: European Solutions for a smart water society’.
- How can the value of water boost sustainable and economic growth?
- How can the water sector benefit from digital opportunities?
- How can we make the water-energy-food nexus work in practice?
- Can water be the enabler of tackling the global social and environmental challenges?
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The Water JPI Task Force on Interaction with Horizon 2020 prepared a Position Paper in response to the EC public consultation on the strategic roadmap for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 work programme 2018-2020 (deadline: 8th April 2016). In this position paper, the Water JPI, focusing on issues such as the implementation of synergy areas in water RDI, and agenda setting within Horizon 2020. The Position Paper is available here.
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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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Up to now, 45 presentations focused on water innovation topics have been published on the EIP Water slideshare account. They derived mainly from three EIP conferences and present key issues connected with the area. For example, the “Leeuwarden declaration: How to drive water innovation in Europe” has been uploaded recently and already been viewed almost 1000 times in four weeks.
All presentations are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/EIP-Water
The Water and FACCE JPIs announced the launching of a call for international and transnational collaborative research projects on “Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors”.
The call is open from 16.2.2016 with a closing date for the submissions pre-proposals on 19.4.2016.
For detailed information on how to apply and to access all the support documentation and templates (Call Announcement, National/Regional Regulations, Pre-Proposal Templates), please consult the 2016 Joint Call Official Webpage.
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