NatureWAT - Nature-based technologies for innovation in water management (AG 228)

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NatureWAT - Nature-based technologies for innovation in water management (AG 228)

Almost half of European freshwater bodies are currently not accomplishing the good ecological status set by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). On the other hand, water scarcity, droughts and floods are an increasingly frequent and widespread phenomenon in the European and non-European countries.

In this scenario, nature-based technologies (e.g. artificial wetlands, ponds, sustainable urban drainage systems, combined sewer overflow treatment systems, green roofs, vertical gardens, wetlands for flood defense), also called “green infrastructures”, are proven to be cost-effective solutions for wastewater treatment, improvement of the ecological status of water bodies, mitigation of climate change effects, risk disaster reduction, flood protection, greening cities, degraded areas restoration and biodiversity preservation. Their success is related to good performance, low maintenance and operation costs, low or lack of energy requirements, resulting in improved environmental and public health. Additionally, nature-based solutions contribute to promoting a green and circular economy since they close the loop of water management and make connections between healthy ecosystems and achievement of social and economic goals. More information on the potential of these technologies can be found in a recent publication A Technology Portfolio of Nature Based Solutions of the Dublin Institute of technology (a member of the Action Group).

This Action Group aims to identify and overcome bottlenecks and barriers (e.g. fragmentation of knowledge; lack of demonstration sites and funding for SMEs; financial issues and technical aspects) related to nature-based technologies for water resources management in rural, peri-urban and urban areas.

The main goal is to aggregate and consolidate the sector of nature-based technologies (green infrastructures) and to define innovative marketable technologies addressing water challenges related to ecosystem services.

 

Maturation pond, Spain

Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

Water cycle engineer at Barcelona Metropolitan...

Ph.D Eng. Ms. Marianna Garfí is an Environmental...

Joan Garcia is Full Professor of Environmental...

LIMNOS Company for Applied Ecology is engaged in...

Liam is a Chartered Engineer, with over 20 years...

Construction of autonomous water treatment units...

Director of Services of the water cycle at...

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11th October 2016

The 14th International AquaConSoil Conference will focus on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and water resources.

AquaConSoil2017 will take place in the Convention Centre in Lyon, classed as a UNESCO world heritage site and will host delegates from research institutes and...

19th February 2016

The "IX Iberian Congress on Water Management and Planning. Water, Cities and Ecosystems Health: integrating perspectives, proposing solutions" will take place in Valencia on 8-10 September 2016.

 

For more information: http://www....

15th February 2016

Biotechnologies are nowadays very popular in the environmental sector to manage a wide range of polluted waters and soils, and wastes like urban and industrial wastewaters, landfill leachate, animal wastes, and sludges of organic origin. Moreover, biotechnologies are usually very appropriate for...

27th August 2015

We are pleased to invite you to ‘CEEweb Academy on Building Blue-Green Infrastructure. Restoring and protecting wetlands and their ecosystem services’ which will take place on 6-8th October 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

18th March 2015

After its third call for expressions of interest the EIP Water is pleased to announce the selection of four new EIP Water Action Groups.

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NatureWAT - Nature-based technologies for innovation in water management (AG 228)

Almost half of European freshwater bodies are currently not accomplishing the good ecological status set by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). On the other hand, water scarcity, droughts and floods are an increasingly frequent and widespread phenomenon in the European and non-European countries.

In this scenario, nature-based technologies (e.g. artificial wetlands, ponds, sustainable urban drainage systems, combined sewer overflow treatment systems, green roofs, vertical gardens, wetlands for flood defense), also called “green infrastructures”, are proven to be cost-effective solutions for wastewater treatment, improvement of the ecological status of water bodies, mitigation of climate change effects, risk disaster reduction, flood protection, greening cities, degraded areas restoration and biodiversity preservation. Their success is related to good performance, low maintenance and operation costs, low or lack of energy requirements, resulting in improved environmental and public health. Additionally, nature-based solutions contribute to promoting a green and circular economy since they close the loop of water management and make connections between healthy ecosystems and achievement of social and economic goals. More information on the potential of these technologies can be found in a recent publication A Technology Portfolio of Nature Based Solutions of the Dublin Institute of technology (a member of the Action Group).

This Action Group aims to identify and overcome bottlenecks and barriers (e.g. fragmentation of knowledge; lack of demonstration sites and funding for SMEs; financial issues and technical aspects) related to nature-based technologies for water resources management in rural, peri-urban and urban areas.

The main goal is to aggregate and consolidate the sector of nature-based technologies (green infrastructures) and to define innovative marketable technologies addressing water challenges related to ecosystem services.

 

Maturation pond, Spain

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Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

Water cycle engineer at Barcelona Metropolitan...

Ph.D Eng. Ms. Marianna Garfí is an Environmental...

Joan Garcia is Full Professor of Environmental...

LIMNOS Company for Applied Ecology is engaged in...

Liam is a Chartered Engineer, with over 20 years...

Construction of autonomous water treatment units...

Director of Services of the water cycle at...

Pages

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11th October 2016

The 14th International AquaConSoil Conference will focus on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and water resources.

AquaConSoil2017 will take place in the Convention Centre in Lyon, classed as a UNESCO world heritage site and will host delegates from research institutes and...

19th February 2016

The "IX Iberian Congress on Water Management and Planning. Water, Cities and Ecosystems Health: integrating perspectives, proposing solutions" will take place in Valencia on 8-10 September 2016.

 

For more information: http://www....

15th February 2016

Biotechnologies are nowadays very popular in the environmental sector to manage a wide range of polluted waters and soils, and wastes like urban and industrial wastewaters, landfill leachate, animal wastes, and sludges of organic origin. Moreover, biotechnologies are usually very appropriate for...

27th August 2015

We are pleased to invite you to ‘CEEweb Academy on Building Blue-Green Infrastructure. Restoring and protecting wetlands and their ecosystem services’ which will take place on 6-8th October 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

18th March 2015

After its third call for expressions of interest the EIP Water is pleased to announce the selection of four new EIP Water Action Groups.