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 -  From waste to resource: Redesigning the value and supply chain of water and minerals in process industries

Process industries are a major source of brine - complex saline-impaired effluents that are a serious threat to the environment and costly for companies to manage. Yet brine consists of many resources such as minerals, salts, and metals and water. During this workshop, the EU innovation project ZERO BRINE, coordinated by TU Delft, demonstrates the circular economy solution for the brine generated by industries recovering high quality water, salts, minerals, metals, and heat for reuse in industrial applications. Learn about the latest results of the ZERO BRINE pilot plants in the water, textile, coal and chemical industry across Europe and how this innovative technology is applicable and scalable to a broad range of industries. Discover the economic opportunities by closing the loop and lessening the environmental impacts of production. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Vanessa Wabitsch 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

This meeting is open to everyone interested in the use of reclaimed water in agriculture. The meeting is intended to hold an open dialogue about the use reclaimed water, the potential of this resource and the barriers for broader implementation. The meeting is framed in the SUWANU EUROPE project, a thematic network funded by the EC to develop strategies for the transfer of knowledge and best practices to practitioners. We will share with you our outcomes of SUWANU EUROPE project and try to find together which solutions 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: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 09:00-13:00 -  Jornada participa de visibilización y debate de Buenas Prácticas de gestión del agua agraria

The meeting will consist of a participatory day for the visibility and validation of good agricultural water management practices.

The objective will be to explore possible agreements and establish consensus around those good practices that the Partnership Operating Group has compiled in its development, so that they can be incorporated into a Catalog of Good Practices tested in Aragon

If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Ignacio Oliván or visit the project website.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 10:00-13:00 -  LIFE SURFING: Remediación  de los residuos de la fabricación de Lindano

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Elena Cano.

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, 10:30-13:00 -  Innovation in municipal water cycle management

 The water cycle management in the city is very important for the future and Zaragoza can be a great example of this. The aim of the conference is to show attendees the water cycle management in the city that has 3 different approaches to water supply, sanitation and waste management.

- The water supply is managed directly by Municipal Services, being the largest city in Spain to do so.

- Sanitation and drainage is managed by a Public Company

- Furthermore, the waste is managed through a PPP. The reason why the waste is included in this meeting is because of its effect on water resources (microplastics,...).

The service managers will present the innovations, advantages and disadvantages of the different ways of running their public services. In addition, the day will be completed with a vision of cybersecurity applied to water management.

Besides, and as part of the activity, the meeting includes the visit to The Cartuja Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Casablanca Water Treatment Plant and the Zaragoza Urban Waste Treatment Complex, taking place on the 13th.

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La gestión del ciclo del agua en la ciudad es muy importante para el futuro y Zaragoza puede ser un gran ejemplo para ello. El objetivo de la jornada es mostrar a los asistentes la gestión del ciclo del agua en la ciudad que tiene 3 enfoques diferentes para el abastecimiento, el saneamiento y la gestión de residuos.

-    El abastecimiento se gestiona directamente por los servicios municipales, siendo la ciudad más grande de España que lo hace

-    El saneamiento y drenaje lo gestiona una empresa pública

-    Mientras que los residuos se gestionan mediante una concesión. La inclusión de los residuos se debe a su efecto sobre los recursos hídricos (microplásticos,…)

Los responsables de cada uno de los servicios mostrarán a los asistentes las innovaciones, ventajas e inconvenientes en cada tipo de gestión, además, la jornada se completará con una visión de la ciberseguridad aplicada a la gestión del agua.

Paralelamente, y formando parte de la actividad, se visitarán el día 13 la Depuradora de la Cartuja, la Potabilizadora de Casablanca y la Complejo para el Tratamiento de Residuos Urbanos de Zaragoza

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact José María Guarido.

Meeting language: Spanish/English - The meeting includes simultaneous translation English-Spanish.

  • WED December 11, 2019, 11:30-13:00 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation: succes stories in water management

The last report of the IPCC verifies that human activity causes a temperature increase around 0.8 and 1.2ºC and foresee a raise of 1.5ºC between 2030-2052. In this context of climate change, its impacts and effect on the hydrological cycle and water resources are direct and indisputable.

Considering this information, ECODES presents its results on a study that analyzes the key role of water management strategies focused on the mitigation and adaptation of these impacts, trough real success stories in the regional, national and European level. This meeting aims to showcase the measures already developed in different locations that could boost the development of new actions in management entities, large water users and citizens.

If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Pablo Barrenechea Abecia or visit the project website.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-16:30 -  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, 14:00-16:00 -  Technology Approval Group to collaboratively review and pilot new technologies for Climate Adaptation and Urban Resilience

The Urban Resilience Technology Approval Group is a new European peer-to-peer platform of cities and utilities that collaboratively review and discuss new and innovative technologies to deal with Climate Change. The Technology Approval Group is a group of frontrunners aiming at testing and implementing ready-to-market technologies and solutions. Like to know more about the Urban Resilience Technology Approval Group? Like to get more insight into the selected and reviewed solutions and technologies that could work for your issues as a city or utility? Want to hear about other cities and utilities and share your challenges and needs? In an informative, interactive and comprehensive meeting, we like to address these topics. This meeting is especially meant for cities and utilities trying to overcome the water-related issues concerning climate adaptation. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Bart Volkers.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-17:30 -  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, 14:00-18:00 -  How H2020 MARSoluT will contribute to tackle water pollution and enhance MAR preparedness in EU

As before in Barcelona (2014), Leeuwarden (2016) and Porto (2017)  also in Zaragoza (2019) EIP Water AG 128 MARtoMARket is organizing a side event, this time presenting and discussing the new H2020 MARSoluT project. MARSoluT project PhD candidates are invited to present their MSc related MAR Quality Issues followed by the institutional PhD coordinators to additionally present what they are willing to do in complementary way. H2020 MARSoluT project addresses Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) – storing water in aquifers during times of excess.

MAR is a key strategy to enrich groundwater resources in water scarce regions by providing intermediate storage, addressing the typical mismatch between water demand and availability. It can help to mitigate the effects of climate change, and to support water-related environmental services. MAR is, however, characterized by complex interaction of physical, biological and hydrochemical processes influencing water quality and the sustainability of infiltration rates. Individual processes are in principal known, but there is a significant knowledge gap on how they are linked and affect each other. An in-depth understanding of their interplay can lead to MAR systems tailored for best performance in terms of water storage, water polishing goals, performance and economic viability, and adaptation to climatic changes.

MARSoluT addresses this knowledge gap by a collaborative effort in a multi-disciplinary team. Activities are organized around the existing field sites of previous EU FP7 project MARSOL that are already highly characterized and instrumented to allow further in-depth studies and experimental approaches. This will lead to new insights into the complex and coupled processes at MAR sites and will help to optimize MAR design and operation, and thereby minimizing risk of MAR failure. Excellence in research and technological innovation are ensured by involving partners from renown research organizations as well as SMEs and industry partners with a strong background in the water sector. MARSoluT Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will get hands-on experience at various MAR sites while tackling specific MAR-related research topics in an interdisciplinary team. MARSoluT ESRs will become experts on the tailored planning of MAR systems making them attractive for employers from research, industry, and regulatory agencies which are eager to implement MAR into sound and safe Integrated Water Resources Management concepts. Through the EIP Water Action Group 128 "MAR to MARket", led by LNEC, also acting as MARSoluT networks Knowledge Transfer Coordinator, the project will ensure that scientific findings will be efficiently communicated to regulators and practitioners.

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact João-Paulo Lobo-Ferreira or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-18:00 -  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, 14:30-18:00 -  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, 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, 16:00-18:00 -  Detection and Integrated Assessment of Non-authorised Water Abstractions using EO (Success Stories from the H2020 project DIANA)

The European system of Earth Observation satellites COPERNICUS allows for reliable large-scale operational monitoring of agricultural water abstractions, efficient irrigation management and hydrological planning at all scales. Combining advisory, management support, and monitoring helps foster acceptance and uptake across the sector.

The H2020 project DIANA set out to demonstrate this in a range of pilot cases in Spain, Italy, and Romania. It has developed 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. The DIANA services are leveraging EO data provided by Copernicus and other data sources as well as state-of the-art models for the identification of (non-authorized) irrigated areas and the estimation of abstracted water volumes.

This session is the Final Event of DIANA. We will present and discuss the rich harvest from 3 project years, with emphasis on success stories from the DIANA pilot cases (one of them in the Ebro river-basin, close to the event location Zaragoza) as well as the relevance for the WFD.

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Ana Osann.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 16:45-18:00 -  Examples of using technology in managing irrigation to reduce climate change impact in agriculture

Two of the biggest irrigation areas in Spain are located in Aragon, ‘Riegos del Altoaragón’, and ‘Comunidad General de Regantes del Canal de Bardenas’, with more than 100,000 irrigated hectares in each region
Management of irrigation schemes are threatened by climate change in the middle and long term according to one of the most detailed scientific reports (at the national level) that was carried out by CEDEX called ‘The Evaluation of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources, and Droughts in Spain (2015) ”.
We have developed projects in the areas stated above in order to tackle the impact of climate change on irrigation efficiency using specific sensors and new technologies.
The first project ‘EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF IRRIGATION THROUGH MONITORING USING MOISTURE SENSORS, AND REMOTE SENSORS’ aims to answer the question ‘how much, and when to irrigate?’ by using tools such as humidity sensors, and remote sensing by taking advantage of new technologies.
The second project ‘IMPLEMENTATION OF A MODEL OF INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IN IRRIGATION COMMUNITIES’ aims to build a model ‘INTEGRA2’ as a concept of integral management of the ‘Riegos del Altoaragón  Organization’, and the information will be generated in the ‘business intelligence (BI)’. It will use the current software used for the management, and it will also share the information with other kinds of data such as the NDVI index calculated from remote sensing through the sentinel2 network. (Copernicus Land Monitoring Service). If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the projects please contact Jesús Ollés Grúas  or visit the project websites: https://www.integra2web.es/ https://www.sondashumedadregadio.es/

Meeting language: Spanish

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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, 10.30-14:00 -  IV Workshop of the National Plan of Water Treatment, Sanitation, Efficiency, Savings and Water Reuse (DSEAR Plan)

In autumn 2018 the General Water Directorate launched the "National Plan of Water Treatment, Sanitation, Efficiency, Savings and Water Reuse" (DSEAR Plan). The objective of the plan is to review the intervention strategies stablished in the second cycle river basin management plans (2015-2021), providing a reinforcement of transparency and objectivity to them.

The DSEAR Plan and the second cycle river basin management plans (RBMP) (2015-2021) are strongly interlinked, as the strategic objective of DSEAR Plan is to order, clarify and prioritize the measures that Spain is committed to carry out in five major themes (sanitation and purification, efficiency, savings and water reuse). Those measures will be revised for their inclusion in the third RBMPs (2021-2027), that are under elaboration. Within the framework of the DSEAR Plan, those measures are going to be updated in order to achieve its alignment with the ecological transition process required by our economy and, synergistically, to attend without further delay our legal European obligations. More information on purpose and scope is available in the roadmap for the DSEAR Plan.

Several consultation activities have been carried out throughout the DSEAR Plan, including an open public consultation and three workshops organized in May and June 2019 for detailing the general methodology of the plan and to gather the vision and contributions of stakeholders regarding the technical-normative works that could be developed under the DSEAR Plan.

The objective of the consultation activities is to complement information based on existing and already known data and knowledge about water management problems, and to gather further contribution to substantiate the content of the DSEAR Plan. The invitations were sent to four main stakeholders: water competent authorities, the water sector, expert from scientific and technical institutions and NGOs.

The III Workshop (26.06.2019, Zaragoza) was related to innovation and technology transfer in the water sector and aimed to identify and discuss among all participants the challenges and difficulties that exist both to promote innovation and technology transference, as for the development of specific, technologically innovative products or services to meet the needs of water planning and management in Spain, in a context of high efficiency of energy and resources.

This IV workshop on innovation and technology transference is organized as a continuation of the previous one, and its objectives are:

• Facilitate public participation in the drafting of the DSEAR Plan and during its public consultation

• Establish at a national level a network of experts with different backgrounds on the topics addressed in the Plan.

• Collect contributions from participants on the work carried out to date of the DSEAR Plan, and in particular the one related with innovation and technology transfer in the water sector

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14.00-18:00 -  FIT4REUSE PRIMA project steering committee 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.

 

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