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EIP Water Auction: water challenges of four EU countries

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EIP Water Auction: water challenges of four EU countries

  1. 1. The EIP Water "auction" - connecting water innovation demand and supply Four EU Member States Water Directors (Spain, The Netherlands, Slovenia, UK) present their water management challenges and EIP Water Action Groups and the audience respond with innovative proposals. 5 November 2014 Barcelona, Spain
  2. 2. Spanish water challenges Concepción Marcuello General Directorate for Water Spanish Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment 5 November 2014 Barcelona, Spain
  3. 3. INNOVATION ADRESSING DROUGHTS 1. AS MUCH RELIABLE AND AVAILABLE NEAR DATA AS POSSIBLE: Technologies from multiple sources; help improved assessments of water resources and uses thus better drought identification and characterization (incl. in a changing climate). Better knowledge of efficiency of demand-based measures. 2. SECURING HYDRAULIC INFRASTRUCTURE: O&M of the structure in normal and risk scenarios; water and sediment management for improved water quality and ecosystem status in order to prevent major drought impacts. 3. REINFORCING ALTERNATIVE WATER RESOURCES: Inter-connecting water from different sources in the same network; more intensive use of by innovative technologies providing safe quality standards according to the use and with a low energy requirement. 4. MAKING WIDER USE OF ECONOMIC POLICY INSTRUMENTS: In particular right pricing mechanisms; extended agricultural insurance; water trading 5. TOWARDS A HYDROECONOMIC WATER ACCOUNTING SYSTEM: Improving the use of the capabilities of DSSs in order to allocate water to uses and the environment under different scenarios taking into account the economic value of water.
  4. 4. Dutch water challenges Jan Busstra Water Director, The Netherlands 5 November 2014 Barcelona, Spain
  5. 5. 1. Still major challenges to comply to Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Netherlands • High density of waterways and high pressure from agriculture • Many innovations (M€ 70) but large scale implementation is major bottleneck…. 2. Sophisticated balance between carrot and stick! • Combined forces of government and sector (mainly by covenants) • No discharges of nutrients and CPP’s by greenhouse horticulture in 2027 • Deltaplan Agriculture and Water management • But, also law enforcement 3. E = MC2: • New clever and feasible Measures for farmers and horticulturists are available • Creating urgency for implementation by Communication: What is in it for me? • Dialogue at the kitchen table • Demonstration sites and charismatic front runners accepted by mainstream farmer • New economic incentives • Farmers and horticulturists must see Effects, of their efforts
  6. 6. Slovenian water challenges Ms. Darja Stanič Racman Water Director, Slovenia 5 November 2014 Barcelona, Spain
  7. 7. Water monitoring – challenges from the perspective of the river basin authority 1. Monitoring as a vital element of effective water management • Monitoring  pressures and impact analysis • Consistency of different monitoring streams (emissions, drinking water, HM, meteorology, etc.) • Optimal monitoring? MMM 2. Adequate confidence and precision of monitoring data • Status  pressures  impact • Still developing methods to monitor all pressures (HM, pollutants…) • Multiple stressors  significant pressure  effective measure 3. Technical challenges • Methods, equipment, cost reduction and efficiency enhancement, etc. 4. Data management • Loads of data  informing right target groups, the right way at the right time • From paper reports to IoT
  8. 8. Water challenges of the UK Sonia Phippard Water Director, United Kingdom 5 November 2014 Barcelona, Spain
  9. 9.  Challenge presented by difficult-to-treat chemical micropollutants in wastewater from domestic sources;  Sewage treatment is essential utility but much relies on old technology;  As well as meeting sanitary and nutrient standards, we need sewage treatment which is:  Affordable, energy-efficient, minimises hazardous waste streams, effectively treats chemical micropollutants…  …and which may need to address antimicrobial resistance if wastewater found to be important route.

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