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, 09:00-11:30 -  La gestión moderna del agua en España desde la perspectiva del grupo de investigación AGUDEMA

Exposición de los proyectos de investigación del Grupo AGUDEMA-IUCA-UZ: «Los fenómenos extremos: inundaciones y sequías. Problemática jurídica y geográfica», IP: Antonio Embid Irujo. "Retos actuales del saneamiento de aguas residuales: derivadas jurídicas, económicas y territoriales, con especial atención al caso de Aragón". IP. Beatriz Setuáin. Gobierno de Aragón. “Desafíos de la seguridad hídrica. Consideración especial de los recursos hídricos no convencionales: desalación y reutilización de recursos hídricos”. IP: Antonio Embid Irujo.

If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Francisco Pellicer.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • 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 -  Research to address the challenges of agricultural water use in the Ebro River Valley

The workshop will present and discuss the most recent research findings related to agricultural water use in the Ebro Valley region. If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Jorge Alvaro-Fuentes. The programme can be found here.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 9:00-11:30 -  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, ZERO BRINE will share the latest results of the pilot plants in the chemical, water, textile and coal industry across Europe and how this innovative technology is applicable and scalable to a broad range of industries. Furthermore, challenges, needs and solutions associated with brine in process industries will be identified with companies, policy makers and research institutions.

Discover the economic opportunities by closing the loop and lessening the environmental impacts of production and register today!

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 water reuse. The meeting is intended to share experiences from different perspectives (technology, governance, legislation, stakeholder engagement, etc.) and hold an open and dynamic dialogue with all the participants about the barriers for broader implementation of water reuse with a focus on the agricultural sector. The meeting agenda is available here. We are also open to receive ABSTRACTS to present your initiatives. If you want to join the meeting and/or present your water reuse project please register here. This event is framed under the SUWANU EUROPE project, a thematic network funded by Horizon 2020 (GA 818088) to transfer knowledge and best practices in water reuse. We will share with you the outcomes of SUWANU EUROPE project and other relevant projects currently running. For more information please contact the Coordinator, Rafael Casielles or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 9:00-13:00 -  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/. The programme can be found here.

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, 09:00-13:00 -  The role of public administrations and innovation against the impacts of climate change towards water

This session, organized by The Spanish Tecnological Water Platform, gathers different representations of the public spanish administration, such as The Ministry of the Ecological Transition, with the following goals:

  1. Establish a space for dialogue where you can promote knowledge and experiences within relevant actors on the water sector.
  2. Discuss from the point of governance and management, how climate change is affecting water resources.
  3. Value the paper of innovation towards the damage of ecosystems , and especially the urban assessment.

Within the framework of this session, demonstrative projects (living labs) will also be shown of associates within The Spanish Tecnological Water Platform. This projects are being tested as tecnologies with potential to promote efficiency towards use of water resources and the damage of climate change.

If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Carolina Pérez and have a look at the website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 09:30-17:30 -  Joint meeting: Water and the Circular Economy in the Industry - draft programme - Please register here.
    1. 10:00-13:00 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. Please register here.

Meeting language: Spanish and English

  1. 14:00-15:30 -  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. Please register here.

Meeting language: English

  1. 16:00-17:00 -  Recycling of industrial water: challenges and opportunities in the context of water reuse - management of concentrates and brines, desalination and resource recovery

Water is used intensively by various sectors such as agriculture, industry, and the public. However, water resources are affected by overexploitation and pollution, and the increasing demand for water with limited resources is a major challenge. The German funding measure "WavE - Sustainable Technologies and Concepts for Increasing Water Availability through Water Reuse and Desalination" (https://www.bmbf-wave.de/en), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aims to make a significant contribution to mitigating the imbalance between increasing water demand and limited water resources and to address water scarcity.

In addition to a broad overview of the activities within the WAVE funding measure, the challenges and opportunities for industry and innovative solutions for various sectors will be presented and discussed. The focus will be on topics such as the management of concentrates and brine, desalination and resource recovery.

If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Christina Jungfer. Please register here.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 10:00-12:00 -  Innovative approaches for a sustainable use of water resources and for the improvement of their ecological quality at watershed scale

Innovative approaches integrating environmental, social and economic aspects are required for a sustainable use of water resources at watershed scale in front of the unbalanced, both in space and time, available/demanded water quantity. Also innovative solutions are required to tackle the increasing loss of water quality and ecosystem integrity. At this meeting, a general model on the distribution of land and water uses at watershed scale based on the provision of ecosystem services and the improvement of water quality will be presented as alternative to the conventional model based on land and water use distribution to satisfy demands; the socio-economic evaluation of alternative water uses will be presented as a model to support decisions about potential water uses; the integration of the triple bottom line of sustainability (social, economic, environmental) with the fourth key aspect, governance will be discussed. These approaches are directed to keep the sustainable use of land and water resources, the ecosystem integrity and, consequently human wellbeing. Further information on topics related to this meeting are at  http://www.aguamod-sudoe.eu is and http://www.creamagua.com.If you are interested in joining the meeting please contact Francisco A. Comín.

Meeting language: English

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

LIFE SURFING is a Project that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a remediation technique that combines the action of surfactants with chemical oxidation in environments containing Dense Non-Aquous Phase Liquids (DNAPL). The project is included in the water thematic priority of the LIFE Programme, co-financed by the European Union.

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

Meeting language: Spanish and English

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.

The meeting is organized by Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers (Aragon Office)/Demarcación de Aragón del Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, and Zaragoza water Club/Club del agua de Zaragoza.

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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

The meeting is organized by Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers (Aragon Office)/Demarcación de Aragón del Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, and Zaragoza water Club/Club del agua 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, 14:00-14:45 -  LIFE: Validation of adsorbent materials and advanced oxidation techniques to remove emerging pollutants in treated waters

Emerging pollutants can produce a significant environmental impact. The major source of this EPs is urban wastewater, appearing also in effluents of WWTPs. These EPs reach aquatic and land ecosystems having a negative effect in the provision of ecosystem services. LIFE CLEAN UP aims to improve the management of wastewater depuration by an efficient and environmentally friendly technology that allows to obtain treated water free of emerging pollutants.

The main objective is to validate an elimination system of emerging pollutants and other pathogens that are not the targets of current water management systems, causing great impacts over ecosystems and human health. With this aim, the project will develop a wastewater treatment system in Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) that will totally eliminate emerging pollutants (EPs) by passing the water through an adsorbent material that will retain high concentrations of EPs. In its way out, the water will be treated by an advanced oxidation process (AOP) to degrade pollutants and pathogens that were not previously retained. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact José Antonio Gabaldón Hernández.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-15:00 -  LIFE Ecosens Aquamonitrix - Integral solution for water quality monitoring under the Water Framework Directive

La propuesta LIFE EcoSens Aquamonitrix consolida los resultados de la investigación de proyectos anteriores de I+D para demostrar y comercializar una nueva solución integrada de control de la calidad del agua que cumpla los requisitos de control frecuente de la calidad del agua con arreglo a la Directiva Marco del Agua.

El proyecto tiene como objetivo demostrar una solución rentable de monitoreo de agua portátil para el sector del agua. La tecnología innovadora, a un costo competitivo, permite aumentar la frecuencia de monitoreo de la calidad del agua con acceso remoto al dispositivo y a los resultados. Esta solución asequible da como resultado una mayor supervisión, lo que facilita la toma de decisiones de gestión y el cumplimiento de las normativas. Además, su eficiente consumo de energía permite periodos de despliegue más largos, disminuyendo las necesidades de mantenimiento, proporcionando una solución de monitorización integrada que es rentable.

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LIFE EcoSens Aquamonitrix proposal consolidates research outputs from previous R&D projects to demonstrate & bring to market a novel water quality monitoring integrated solution to meet the requirements for frequent water quality monitoring under the Water Framework Directive.

The project aims to demonstrate a cost effective portable water monitoring solution for the Water sector. The innovative technology, at a competitive cost allows increased frequency of water quality monitoring with remote access to the device & to results. This affordable solution results in more monitoring, making it easier for management decisions & compliance with regulations. Moreover, its efficient power consumption allows longer deployment periods, diminishing maintenance needs, providing an integrated monitoring solution that is cost effective.

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Nuria Vela de Oro.

This project is of particular interest  to the European Water sector including Local, Regional & National Water Authorities, Water utility companies, Waste Water Treatment Plant operators, policy makers, regulatory authorities, academic researchers and industries with water discharge licenses.

Meeting language: Spanish and English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-15:30 -  Working with and for society. Use cases of citizen science projects around water management

In the first place we will present some use cases of citizen science projects about water management and/or research. These examples will serve as the beginning of a workshop in which we will analyze  barriers and motivators of citizen participation in these types of projects. Together we will analyze how citizens could participate more actively in existing projects - for example, yours one - and propose new ideas in which citizen participation is essential to achieve the expected result. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Francisco Sanz García.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-15:45 -  Innovative technologies in the integral water cycle and new challenges arisen by climate change

Tecnicas novedosas del ciclo integral del agua y nuevos desafios planteados por el cambio climatico.

See the full programme here.

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Carlos Espin Rubio.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • 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, 14:00-16:00 -  Natural Assurance Schemes: The Use of Nature Based Solutions for Disaster Risk Management

Nature based solutions were presented at the UN Climate Summit on September 22nd as one of the key strategies to deliver both mitigation and adaptation objectives to meet the Paris agreement. Nature also offers potential solutions to prevent or reduce the impacts from the increased probability and frequency of natural hazards in line with Sendai´s paradigm on risk management.

The session will reflect on the role of Nature Based Solutions in the context of the implementation of the EU Floods Directive and EU Communication on Water Scarcity, By looking at the demonstration cases at different scales (local, regional and catchment) that have been testing the concept of Natural Assurance Schemes developed in the EU H2020 NAIAD project, LIFE + Integrated Duero project and the EIP RiverRes action group. We will reflect on the experiences on natural flood management in the Thames basin, floods in European cities like Rotterdam, Montpellier or Copenhagen, and nature-based solutions for water scarcity and drought affecting rural areas in the Medina aquifer, and the Lower Danube. This session will review the main lessons learnt from the case studies and implications for other areas. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Elena Lopez Gunn.

Meeting language: Englisch

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14:00-16:00 -  Interreg MED EMBRACE and the sustainable use of water along agro-wine chains

The main objective of the EMBRACE project is to support innovation processes in MED area according to the principle of Circular Economy; with the capitalization of methods and instruments within an innovative toolkit available through the project platform and with the competent assistance of service-providers (Nodes) trained and prepared according to common methods and contents.If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Ruth Aguarod.

Meeting language: English

  • 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, 14:00-17:00 - Living Labs for a Water Smart Society

WoLLs (Water-oriented Living Labs ) are real-life, water oriented and demo-type and platform-type environments with a cross-sector nexus approach, which have the involvement and commitment of multi-stakeholders (including water authorities) and a certain continuity (good chance to continue to their existence), and provide a “field lab” to develop, test, and validate a combination of solutions as defined in the SIRA, which include technologies, their integration as well as combination with new business models and innovative policies based on the value of water. There is no one single water problem type. The meeting is intended to hold an open dialogue about different types of sustainable water-oriented living labs, owing to the context-specific factors affecting the emergence of water problem types. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Anca Popa.

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. See the programme here.

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, 14:30-18:00 -  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 for the management of water abstraction and protection of the water public domain

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 or visit the event website.

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 this meeting or receiving more information about it, please send an email to fnca@unizar.es before 24th November.
Find the agenda and more information at https://fnca.eu/107-novedades/1347-eu-water-innovation-conference-2019-zaragoza-12-de-diciembre-2

Meeting language: English and Spanish

  • 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, 16:00-18:00 -  Technology Approval Group (TAG) for water utilities to collaboratively review, pilot and adopt new technologies

The Technology Approval Group (TAG) is a collaborative forum that connects water utilities and informs participants about innovative technologies emerging in the marketplace. TAG has been adopted successfully to stimulate the uptake of innovation within the water sector in Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Brazil, Africa, Europe, the United States and Middle East. TAG promotes a strategic approach to innovation, supports the development and commercialization of new technology in line with the needs of the water utility and helps to secure investment both into the technology companies themselves or the projects that they create.  External investment requirements are also an important consideration and the TAG model can also facilitate this process through its bespoke stakeholder engagement process bringing together technology companies, end users, delivery partners and investors.  This has been instrumental to the successful uptake and commercialization of numerous water and environmental technologies and projects around the world.

If you would like to know more about Isle’s TAG please join us at this informative and interactive meeting, where we will provide you insights into selected innovative and reviewed solutions and technologies that could help you address the challenges you may face as a water utility. We will also provide an overview about the approach global water utilities to deal with their challenges in the short, medium and longer term.

This session will be of particular interest to water utilities, technology developers and other stakeholders in the water sector. During the session you will be able to get more information and discuss your particular interests in English and Spanish with Isle’s staff. We are looking forward to meeting you in Zaragoza!

If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about TAG please contact Victor Arroyo.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 16:00-18:00 -  Communities of innovation: water solutions to bridge the gap between innovators and end-users to build resilience to floods, droughts,...

Europe is increasingly more exposed to natural hazards and evidence is now ever stronger that damages have and will increase. Evaluations also show a huge potential to reduce these risks through adaptation strategies and innovation ecosystems. This side event will be interactive with the audience. We will reflect on how to facilitate the creation of communities of innovation to jointly tackle water challenges arising from increased hazards and risks from climate change. We will present the “one stop shop”  innovator support tools developed in the H2020 BRIGAID project to help bridge the gap between innovators and end-users in resilience to floods, droughts and extreme weather.  We will also give special attention to the urban environment and the role of nature based innovative solutions can play to make our cities more liveable, in collaboration with the Act on NBS project from Climate Kick. If you are interested in joining the meeting or in more information about the project please contact Elena Lopez Gunn.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 16:15-18:00 -  Human Capital in the Water Sector – towards a European skills agenda?

At this moment the European Junior Water Programme and the Working Group Human Capital of Water Europe are involved in an open consultation on human capital in Europe. We will present the findings of the consultation and the research on human capital in the European Water Sector so far. And we invite you all to work with us on creating more insight knowledge and collaboration on the theme of human capital in Europe! Are you passionate about the human factor of water innovation in Europe and would like to think and work with us towards a more common understanding and approach? Learn from each other and create new knowledge on human capital in the European Water Sector?

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

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

In the region of Aragón more than 400.000 ha. are irrigated under three different systems: flood irrigation, sprinkler and drip irrigation, according to official data.

Different projects are under development (or already developed) in order to tackle the impact of climate change on irrigation management using specific sensors and new technologies.

The object of the meeting is to show and share the results of five specific projects in pressurized and non-pressurized irrigation schemes.

  1.        Efficient irrigation management through monitoring using moisture sensors and remote sensors. Speakers: Jesús LLop. (APAC irrigation community), Bardenas Channel  Irrigation Community Representative and Jesús Ollés (Agricultural Engineer)
  2.       Implementation of a model of integrated management of water resources in irrigation communities through earth observation. Speaker: Jesús Ollés (Agricultural Engineer and managing director at Agricultura Técnica company)
  3.        Improvements at the level of water management, meteorological data automation and water flows in the Bardenas Channel Irrigation Community nº V. Speaker: Samuel Sarría (Irrigation Community technician)
  4.       Flood irrigation channel schemes automation and remote control Pilot Project in Pina de Ebro Irrigation Community. Speaker: Miguel Tejero (Agricultural Engineer at Riegos Salz Company)
  5.  Return irrigation flows and water quality monitoring system, effluent reuse and reducing diffuse pollution Project Pilot in two Irrigation Communities in the Ebro River Bank. Speaker: Miguel Tejero (Agricultural Engineer at Riegos Salz Company).

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 Marisa Fernández or visit the project website.

Meeting language: English

  • WED December 11, 2019, 09.00-13:00 -  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

If you are interested in more information about the project please contact Laura Díaz.

Meeting language: Spanish

  • WED December 11, 2019, 14.00-17:30 -  Horizon Europe - European Partnership "Water4All: Water security for the planet"

Horizon Europe uses a variety of targeted instruments and approaches to more efficiently direct research and innovation investments and maximise the impact of investing public funds towards achieving global challenges and European policy objectives. One of those instruments is the European Partnerships. European Partnerships will allow to combine and coordinate a broad range of (mainly existing) research and innovation activities to address common priorities jointly with Member States, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. In May 2019, the Commission launched a consultation of Member States on 44 possible candidates for European Partnerships as part of a strategic coordinating process to ensure their early involvement in the prioritisation and definition of objectives and scope. One of those, a water related partnership “Water4All: Water security for the planet” is proposed. It aims at securing all water demands in terms of quality and quantity and that both economic and natural systems, as well as people are protected from water-related hazards. This session is going to bring together representatives from EU Member States as well as from EU wide public and private research associations and partnerships to discuss the objectives and expected impacts of this partnership and its implementation.

Meeting language: English

  • 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

 

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