Side Meetings - EIP Water Conference 2019

The following open (public) and closed side meetings are scheduled to take place on December 11 in Zaragoza back-to-back with the EU Water Innovation Conference 2019. More details concerning the exact timing and place will be publishes in November the latest.

Open (public) meetings:

  • WED December 11, 2019, morning -  Managed Aquifer Recharge as a real Climate Change adaptation mechanism. Examples and indicators from five continents

Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) has been considered for a long time as an important technology to combat the adverse effects of Climate Change (CC). This is not a gratuitous claim. In this workshop organizers will support this statement on the basis of real sites, indicators and cases located all around the world. MAR is being used in the world in combination with other Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) measures to reduce climate change adverse impacts as an adaptation and even mitigation strategy to face up CC challenges. Clear examples will be exposed by the workshop participants. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Enrique Fernández Escalante or visit the project websites: www.dina-mar.es, https://recharge.iah.org, https://www.ismar10.net/.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 9:00-12:30 -  LIFE MCUBO or how to improve water management in the food industry

LIFE MCUBO is a EU-funded project aimed at reducing the environmental impact associated with water management in the food industry. We will present the results obtained within the project framework and discuss with food sector's representatives about the challenges we are facing in terms of water management. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Clara Olave or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 9:00-12:30 -  Use of reclaimed water in agriculture: building strategies under SUWANU EUROPE project

Reclaimed water is a valuable resource to cope with water scarcity, however there are significant barriers which do not allow to fully exploit itspotential. This meeting is intended to hold an open dialogue with the participants, share with you our outcomes in the SUWANU EUROPE project and try to find together which strategies are more appropriate to promote the use of reclaimed water in agriculture. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Rafael Casielles or visit the project website.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 10:00-13:30 -  El Agua y La Economia Circular en la Industria - Water and the Circular Economy in the Industry

Given the growing demand of water in Industry and the uncertainty of water availability that climate change brings, we have to manage the water cycle to be sustainable. In the workshop "Water and the circular economy" we will talk about how to be resilient against the risk of water scarcity, what are the challenges of hydro-efficiency and how to face the barriers of reuse. In short, what are the paths of innovation so that sustainable water management is available to all kind of industry. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Paola Del Chicca Romano.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 10:00-14:00 -  Jornada participa de visibilización y debate de Buenas Prácticas de gestión del agua agraria

more information will be added soon

If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Ignacio Oliván.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 13:00-16:30 -  Sustainable Processes and Optimized Technologies for Industrially Efficient Water Usage

The objective of the SpotView project is to develop and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and efficient processes and technology components, in order to optimize the use of natural resources, especially water, in three industrial sectors (Dairy, Pulp and Paper and Steel). This WorkShop will present demonstration cases and exploitable results achieved during the SpotView project, as well as preliminary impact assessment. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Eric Fourest or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 13:00-16:30 -  From alternative water sources to robotics: create the nexus for Agriculture 4.0 sustainable water management

Precision irrigation, water reuse, desalinization, earth observation and novel monitoring systems, actuating robotics, big data and blockchain, are only some of the disrupting innovations Irrigated Agriculture is preparing to incorporate in the everyday management of water.  All these innovations are bringing much needed solutions and new opportunities to increase the sustainability of the sector and of the overall food production in the Mediterranean countries and in EU, but no one of them will be effective alone. The challenge for irrigated agriculture is the integration of diverse innovative technologies and solutions in the fast mutating climatic scenarios and within the EU regulations and global markets constraints. Sustainability at farm scale requires also effective and modern infrastructures off-farm, besides clear and long-term policies. To redesign the entire water governance in agriculture, from large infrastructures to field distribution systems it's not affordable. The ongoing modernization process need to be fostered instead of constrained. The expert panel and the debate with the participants will outline strengths and weaknesses of the current innovation trends, to find opportunities to increase the overall sector sustainability while avoiding  water quantitative and qualitative scarcity threats to EU food production excellence. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Adriano Battilani.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 13:00-16:30 -  Innovative actions of Spanish River Basin Authorities. Achieving good status of water bodies and adapting to climate change

Innovative actions of Spanish River Basin Authorities. Achieving good status of water bodies and adapting to climate change.

The aim of this side event is to show best innovative practices in river basin organisations in Spain in the field of achieving good status of water bodies and adapting to climate change. The event will be structured in three parts:

Part I. Innovative actions to manage water abstractions.

Part II. Innovative actions to improve status of water bodies

Part III. Innovative actions to optimize water infrastructure

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Rogelio Galván Plaza.

Meeting language: English/ Spanish This back-to-back event will count with simultaneous translation English-Spanish provided by the Ebro River Basin Authority.

  • WED December 11, 2019, 13:00-17:00 -  Management of concentrates/brines and resource recovery in the context of water reuse

more information will be added soon

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Christina Jungfer or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 15:00-17:30 -  Third Water Cycle: role of NGOs to promote innovative participation, climate change adaptation and healthy water ecosystems

The third water planning cycle provides the opportunity to significantly improve the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, to ensure healthy water ecosystems and the good status of European water bodies and to elaborate water plans adapted to the ongoing climate change. Environmental NGOs and other civil society organizations have a key role to achieve such goals and to foster an advanced water governance, based on innovative participatory processes.

This side event invites members of European NGOs and other civil society organizations to participate in this meeting, to identify the challenges, opportunities, and barriers, as well as the strategies and actions to be carried out during the third water planning process of the Water Framework Directive. Such strategies and actions should aim at: i) fostering a water management fully adapted and resilient to the main threats of climate change, such as the increase of droughts and floods and the reduction of water resources in many European countries; ii) achieving the effective recovery and maintenance of the good status of rivers and other inland, transition and coastal water ecosystems and iii) promoting improved and innovative participatory processes, in order to increase their effectiveness and impact on shaping water plans, projects and decisions.

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Julia Martinez-Fernandez.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, late afternoon -  H2020 project DIANA (Detection & Integrated Assessment of Non-authorised water Abstractions using EO)

DIANA is aimed at co-designing and openly demonstrating a commercial service platform that will empower water managers and authorities to optimise the identification and inspection of non authorised water abstractions for irrigation as well as improve their water management policies and practices, especially in extreme conditions such as drought. DIANA will leverage EO data provided by Copernicus and other data sources as well as state-of the-art models for the identification of (illegally) irrigated areas and the estimation of abstracted water volumes in order to offer a value added suite of data products and services, that will be affordable and cost-effective. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Ana Osann.

Meeting language: English

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Closed meetings, (attendance by invitation only):

  • WED December 11, 2019, 09.00-17:00 -  Water Smart Territories Partnership for Industrial Modernisation

Water Smart Territories Partnership (WST S3P) is a cross-regional alliance formed by European Regions and water clusters engaged with water innovation through their Smart Specialization Strategies. It is one of the 21 thematic areas within the Smart Specialization Platform for Industrial Modernisation. The main goal of this thematic area (WST) is to strengthen innovation capacity and to facilitate new investments based on open innovation infrastructure and new technologies for sustainable water management by clusters in regional ecosystems. A closer and interdisciplinary collaboration by partner regions and regional cluster organizations will respond to the water industry challenges through advanced technological solutions to tackle European water territories and society needs.

WST will celebrate a capacity building workshop in the framework of the Water Innovation Conference hosted by one of its leading regions (Aragon). Its principal objective is to finalise the joint strategy of the partnership and the identification of Joint activities and investment projects. If you are interested in more information about the project please contact Clara Presa or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 13.00-18:00 -  FIT4RESUE PRIMA project sterring committe meeting

PRIMA founded project FIT4REUSE on SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE INTEGRATED USE OF NON-CONVENTIONAL WATER RESOURCES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR.

FIT4REUSE will provide innovative technologies (5 prototypes tested at 3 demo sites) that will enable use of non-conventional water resources in agriculture and aquifer recharge, adapted to the Mediterranean context and fulfilling legislative frame and market demands. The technologies will be developed in cooperation with stakeholders of the Mediterranean region and will target practitioners, public administration, constructing companies and water operators through a concise business model

FIT4REUSE aims to provide regular, sustainable and safe water supply in agriculture, therefore it will have a tangible positive impact on society, economy and environment. The most affected players in the FIT4REUSE field are agricultural farmers, operators of water/wastewater treatment facilities, agricultural advisors, technology developers and consultants SMEs. If you are interested in more information about the project please contact Antonia Lorenzo or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

 

 

If you are also interested to organize a water innovation-related meeting in Zaragoza on December 11, 2019 and want us to promote it. Please provide the relevant information about your proposed side meeting in the promotion request here ASAP and at the latest by October 11 2019.

 

The list is updated frequently!