A Joint Programming Initiative

               Water Challenges
                     for a
               Changing World
 ...
A challenging statement…

“Under an average economic growth and
an actual efficiency improvement of 1% a
year, the world w...
Where we stand today
 In 2008 EC challenged countries to develop
 initiatives on joint programming with the
 purpose of in...
What is a JPI?
Aligning research programming in
Member States + Associated countries
Voluntary basis, variable geometry
Co...
The Vision
          European
      strategic themes
          leading to
      breakthroughs in
        water science
   ...
Water quantity and quality:
A problem with European dimension
Water quantity and quality
 Overexploitation: unbalances in water demand and
 availability
 Water quantity issue
   Europe...
Extreme events:
  part of European history
(View of Zaragoza in 1647, by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo)
Extreme events
  Drought and floods:
    Natural traits of European climates,
    Accentuated by human activities
  Climat...
An interrelated set of challenges
 Economic
   The world market water: $ 463 billion/year
   Investments in water technolo...
An interrelated set of challenges
Societal
  Right to clean drinking water and proper sanitation
  Protection from new and...
Achieving the Vision

        A common research
         agenda with multi-
         annual commonly
       decided activi...
Objectives
Preventing the negative effects of the bio-based
economy on the water system
  Biomass will become a key raw ma...
Objectives
Healthier water systems for a healthier society
   New contaminants: Impact on water quality and
   ecosystems;...
An interrelated set of objectives
Added value, benefits
and impact
          Opportunities for
        economies of scale,
       larger critical mass of
  ...
Addressing fragmentation
Challenges cannot be fully addressed by any individual
Member State alone
Despite National and EC...
Added value, benefits and impact
  Policy support
    JPI will provide science-based knowledge
    supporting a large numb...
Added value, benefits and impact
 Partnerships beyond Europe
   Strategic partnerships will be sought on the
   basis of m...
Member Countries
       Teaming up to
     develop Joint Water
        Science and
        Technology
Member Countries
AT, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and
Water Management
CY, Cyprus Insti...
Envisaged activities



      How to implement the
      vision and make it real
JPI Activities
 Elaboration and periodic update of a Strategic
 Research Agenda
 Networking of Ministries and Research Fun...
Thanks!
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Water Challenges for a Changing World (Joint Programming Initiative)

  1. 1. A Joint Programming Initiative Water Challenges for a Changing World October 6th, 2010
  2. 2. A challenging statement… “Under an average economic growth and an actual efficiency improvement of 1% a year, the world wide water demand and supply gap will be approximately 40% by 2030” Charting Our Water Future (2009) The 2030 Water Resource Group
  3. 3. Where we stand today In 2008 EC challenged countries to develop initiatives on joint programming with the purpose of increasing the efficiency and impact of national public funding in strategic areas. Joint programming targets public research programmes first and foremost: public- public cooperation. Following two years of discussion, the kick off meeting was held in September 2010
  4. 4. What is a JPI? Aligning research programming in Member States + Associated countries Voluntary basis, variable geometry Coordination of national research programmes and funds Funding projects with a European Dimension on topics responding to “grand challenges”
  5. 5. The Vision European strategic themes leading to breakthroughs in water science and technology
  6. 6. Water quantity and quality: A problem with European dimension
  7. 7. Water quantity and quality Overexploitation: unbalances in water demand and availability Water quantity issue European cities concentrate water use and sanitation Groundwater depletion in coastal areas: salinization Intensification of agriculture: increased irrigation water The price of water can contribute to water scarcity Water quality issues: Fertilizers, soil and water salts: raising nutrient levels Emerging pollutants (surfactants, heavy metals, hormones and pharmaceuticals in general, but also cosmetics and nanoparticles) Release of geogenic elements due to human activities
  8. 8. Extreme events: part of European history (View of Zaragoza in 1647, by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo)
  9. 9. Extreme events Drought and floods: Natural traits of European climates, Accentuated by human activities Climate change More frequent river floods A clear impact on the quality of European ecosystems. A variety of societal losses which are not always evident or easy to evaluate Research is also needed in governance and behavioural sciences.
  10. 10. An interrelated set of challenges Economic The world market water: $ 463 billion/year Investments in water technology around the world increase every year High risk of ineffective investments if the water system is not properly understood Ecological Overexploitation and degradation decrease ecosystem ability to provide resources Extreme events have a clear impact on European ecosystems
  11. 11. An interrelated set of challenges Societal Right to clean drinking water and proper sanitation Protection from new and emerging water pollutants Technological Major breakthroughs in drinking water technology and sanitation Reducing energy input in desalination and water treatment processes. Co-generating energy in processes such as sewage treatment
  12. 12. Achieving the Vision A common research agenda with multi- annual commonly decided activities and funding mechanisms
  13. 13. Objectives Preventing the negative effects of the bio-based economy on the water system Biomass will become a key raw material Water consumption and desertification Searching for a sustainable water balance Climate change is threatening ecosystems Develop tools, indicators and models for monitoring of threats, risk assessment and early warning Enhance ecosystem resilience to stress Identifying systemic restoration solutions
  14. 14. Objectives Healthier water systems for a healthier society New contaminants: Impact on water quality and ecosystems; human health, societal well-being Assess removal by natural processes in water and soil, or by drinking water treatment Closing the water cycle gap Integration methods and measures to reach sustainable use of fresh water, including economy and policy Analyse water footprinting New materials and concepts, such as Management of Aquifer Recharge or Soil-Aquifer Treatment
  15. 15. An interrelated set of objectives
  16. 16. Added value, benefits and impact Opportunities for economies of scale, larger critical mass of resources and increased cross-border collaboration
  17. 17. Addressing fragmentation Challenges cannot be fully addressed by any individual Member State alone Despite National and EC funding, the variety and complexity of the challenges have limited our success This JPI will permit to: Increase critical mass, integrate different ecosystems Widen up the scope of European proposals Share large research facilities (i.e., experimental treatment plants) Network open field experiments (i.e., experimental watersheds)
  18. 18. Added value, benefits and impact Policy support JPI will provide science-based knowledge supporting a large number of EC Directives and National policies The Framework Programme Establish links to ongoing RTD activities Capitalise previous efforts on a number of water-related ERANETs, ensure continuation of their activities
  19. 19. Added value, benefits and impact Partnerships beyond Europe Strategic partnerships will be sought on the basis of mutual benefit and mutual interest Actions devoted to training, mobility, and dissemination will play a fundamental role to support the EUWI The Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP) The European industry is very well represented in WSSTP Synergies between JPI and WSSTP will be exploited: Additional National Stakeholders
  20. 20. Member Countries Teaming up to develop Joint Water Science and Technology
  21. 21. Member Countries AT, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management CY, Cyprus Institute, Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre DE, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research DK, The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. ES (Coordinator), Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation FI, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and Academy of Finland FR, Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea HU, National Office for Research and Technology IE, Environmental Protection Agency IT, Italian Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research NL (Co-coordinator), Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs PL, European regional Centre for Ecohydrology u/a UNESCO / PAS RO, Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research SE, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning TR, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
  22. 22. Envisaged activities How to implement the vision and make it real
  23. 23. JPI Activities Elaboration and periodic update of a Strategic Research Agenda Networking of Ministries and Research Funding Agencies, dialogue with scientists and stakeholders Coordination with the WSSTP Coordinated Calls for Proposals Funding of transnational Research projects Research infrastructures Mobility Project follow-up Internal review
  24. 24. Thanks!

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