WATER AND SOIL TIMES - Issue 6, May 2004
WATER AND SOIL TIMES - Issue 6, May 2004  
A newsletter from the 'Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects' unit in the European Commissions Directorate General for Research.  
Welcome to the sixth issue of Water and Soil Times.   
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The evaluation of proposals submitted to the two calls FP6-2003-SSP-3 and FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2 with deadlines earlier this year has now been completed, and 
all co-ordinators have been informed about the outcome of the evaluation. The internal procedure and the consultations required before opening negotiations
with the successful proposers is currently under way, and it is envisaged that negotiations may be opened towards the end of May. The next call for proposals in the area of Global Change and Ecosystems is expected to be published around the middle of June 2004 and have a deadline for submission
of proposals towards the end of October 2004. Evaluation of proposals for the new instruments (IP and NoE) will follow a two-stage procedure while the traditional
instruments (STREP, CA and SSA) will be evaluated according to the one-stage procedure. The Commission is planning to arrange 'Info-days' for the various
topics towards the end of June, but the dates have not yet been fixed. ----- REA - CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE The full title of the REA project is 'Support for the Integration of the Polish Geological Institute's Centre of Excellence: Research on Abiotic Environment
in the European Research Area'. The key objective of the project is to further the scientific integration of the Polish Geological Institute's Centre of Excellence
with the European institutions in the research field on the abiotic environment. This proceeds through execution of different tasks, such as: conferences
and workshops, both organising and participating, capacity building training courses and lectures, establishing twinning co-operation as well as organising
and/or joining the thematic networks in national and/or international dimensions. CoE REA's research focuses on sustainable management of groundwater resources, marine abiotic environment and human-induced and natural hazards. A considerable
portion of the program is devoted to global and regional climatic changes connected to changes in landscape and environment, and environmental changes. Please see http://www.pgi.gov.pl/rea for further information on the REA project or send e-mail to mailto:rea@pgi.waw.pl or mailto:kjar@pgi.waw.pl Two conferences in the near future are arranged by REA: On 20 - 24 May, 2004 in Wysowa, Poland, a conference is organised on 'Risks caused by the geodynamic phenomena in Europe'. Main topics of the conference are:
1) landslide risk; 2) mass movement on coastal cliffs; 3) flood hazards; 4) karst subsidence, natural aeolian processes, etc. On 2- 4 June, 2004 in Wisla-Ustron, Poland, a conference on 'Valorisation of the environment in the areas exposed to long term industrial and mining activities'
is arranged. The topics are as follows: - Risk and Impact Assessment of Industrial and Mining Areas; - Monitoring Industrial and Mining Areas; - Trace Elements
and Organic Contaminants; - Migration of Contaminants in Industrial and Mining Areas; - Application of GIS. Further information of both conferences is available on website: http://www.pgi.gov.pl/pgi_en or by e-mail mailto:rea@pgi.waw.pl ----- WORKSHOP ON 'WATER USE OF WOODY CROPS: TECHNIQUES, ISSUES, MODELLING AND APPLICATIONS ON WATER MANAGEMENT' This workshop is organised in the context of the WATERUSE project from 20-21 May 2004 in Ilhavo, Portugal. WATERUSE aims to contribute to improving the sensors
and models to estimate water use, by investigating and applying alternative techniques for the determination of water budget components, in order to achieve
a sustainable use of the water resources. The workshop is an opportunity a) to be introduced to the techniques which were used and developed in the project to
assess plant water use and b) to be aware of some of the results of its application, with potential impacts on water management. For more information see: http://www.isa.utl.pt/wateruse/ ----- SOCIAL LEARNING : A NEW POLICY OPTION FOR INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF WATER BASED ON CONCERTED ACTION SLIM, Social Learning for the Integrated Management and Sustainable Use of Water at a Catchment Scale, is an FP5 research project. Its main theme is the investigation
of the socio-economic aspects of the sustainable use of water. SLIM focuses on the application of social learning as a conceptual framework, as an operational
principle, as a policy instrument and as a process of systemic change. A public seminar in Brussels on 26th May 2004 will report on an innovative way of engaging with policy makers and report on their perceptions of needs and concerns
as a means of contextualizing. A field-tested diagnostic framework for using Social Learning as a policy instrument will be introduced on the day. You will find the agenda (by the first week of May) and all SLIM related documents in the following web site: http://slim.open.ac.uk. For registration please
send an e-mail by the 21st of May 2004 to Susan Tilley: mailto:s.tilley@open.ac.uk For further information, please visit: http://www.bridgingthegap.ie or http://slim.open.ac.uk ----- MEIF CONFERENCE ON WATER INVESTMENTS, FINAL STRATEGIES AND WATER PRICING The three main topics of FP5 project MEIF are: - Methods of evaluation of prospective water investments at a country level (and current status of prospective scenarios), - Prospective on financing strategies (National, Municipal, Private, PPP arrangements) of future water investments, - Prospective on water pricing (with a link to the origin of funds, public or private). The project is now at its final stage and a final conference is foreseen on the 10th and 11th of June 2004 in Paris. The objective of the conference is to bring
together a number of key European stakeholders in the water sector and give them the opportunity to debate, exchange and advance on key issues developed during
the MEIF project. Bringing together actors from EU and candidate countries will enrich the debate and facilitate the transfer of experience as well as the dissemination
of the outcome of the project. Finally, it will be an opportunity to discuss the economic aspects and the financial challenge of the water investments required
by the EU directives. The draft agenda of the conference and all relevant documents are available on the project web site: http://www.meif.org. The deadline for registration
is Wednesday 26th of May 2004. ----- EUROPEAN WORKSHOP ON NEW TOOLS FOR FLOOD FORECASTING AND WARNING This major European event on 22-23 June 2004 in Helsinki will report on the results and achievements of three key European flood projects (CARPE DIEM, MANTISSA,
MUSIC) which have been supported by the European Commission. They have developed and tested a number of prototype systems to obtain reliable precipitation
estimations and integrate these into operational flood forecasting and warning systems. Discussions will focus on these achievements in the context of developments
throughout Europe and of future flood research needs. Together with the scientific teams which have been involved in the three projects, presentations will
also be made from representatives of international organisations (EC, WMO, ECMWF) and of major international flood projects in Slovakia, Venezuela and Switzerland.
For more information: http://www.arpconsortium.org/documents/P ... ----- CREDO CLUSTER WORKSHOP The consortium for Comparative Research on Endocrine Disrupters (COMPRENDO) is organising a
Posted: 05/05/2004 By: Maike Hauschild