JPI “Water challenges for a changing world”

JPI Water is one of the altogether 10 Joint Programming Initiatives, launched in December 2011.[1]

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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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…


Relevant speakers and a large public of stakeholders at the Water JPI conference

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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Water Innovation Europe 2016

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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WATER JPI: Contribution to next H2020 SC 5 work programme

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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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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Presentations related to water innovation

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.

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The Water JPI 2016 Joint Call is open!

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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Call for hosting EIP Water conference in June or September 2017

The EIP Water has announced the call for a host city and conference partners for the fourth one-day EIP Water Conference which is planned to take place in either June or September 2017. The conference shall be preceded or followed by side events and site visits. They are now inviting all interested host cities and conference partners to develop and submit their proposals by the deadline of 29 April 2016. –

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2016 Water JPI Conference in Rome on 19 May 2016

The Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) will host its 2016 Conference in Rome on the 19th May 2016. This international event is targeted to a wide range of stakeholders and will present the new version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), and discuss on how to implement it and the benefits from international cooperation.

The WATER JPI SRIA version 2.0 lays out research, innovation and development needs in the water sector grouped by thematic areas and priorities selected after a stakeholders’ consultation for their scientific and societal importance and structured around these five core themes: Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being; Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens; Promoting Competitiveness in the Water Industry; Implementing a Water-Wise Bio-Based Economy; Closing the Water Cycle Gap Improving Sustainable water Resources Management.

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