NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS PUBLISHED On 3 July 2003 the Commission published a new call for proposals under Priority 6, "Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems", Sub-Priority "Global Change and Ecosystems". This includes the area "Water Cycle, including Soil Related Aspects", where several subjects are open and may be addressed by both new (IP and NOE) and traditional instruments (STREP and CA). The deadline for submission is 9 October 2003. For full details see http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cfm?CALL_ID=78 STATUS AFTER GLOBAL-1 CALL All proposals submitted to the FP6-2002-Global-1 call with a deadline of 8 April 2003 have now been evaluated, and the co-ordinators should all have received the Evaluation Summary Report for their proposals. We expect to be in a position to open contract negotiations with the successful proposers around the middle of July 2003. THE EU WATER INITIATIVE AND ITS RESEARCH COMPONENT In September 2002, the European Commission and the Danish Presidency officially launched the EU Water Initiative at the Johannesburg World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD). International water research and scientific co-operation is an essential component of the EU Water Initiative (referred to as the Research Component). The objective of the research component is the enhancement of co-ordination between European water research and development co-operation activities in the water sector, by capitalising on existing programmes, results, established synergies and new strategic partnerships. The expected result is the better streamlining of research within the areas targeted by the EU Water Initiative and the deepening of previous work on strengthening, stabilisation, development and adaptation of local research and knowledge management and dissemination systems. The majority of EU Member States include water-related research within their bilateral co-operation and/or international scientific co-operation policy frameworks, despite variations in strategic approaches, thematic priorities, implementation modalities and geographical coverage. In addition, international water research has been funded for many years through the EU Research Framework Programmes, with a wide geographical coverage covering various thematic areas of interest to developing countries. Following the WSSD, a Working Group for the Research Component of the EU Water Initiative was launched. This Working Group met for the first time in December 2002 with the participation of representatives and experts from Member States, Commission staff and other stakeholders, including the private sector. Since then the Working Group has met on several occasions and is expanding further with the participation of representatives from developing countries, other water-related initiatives, professional associations, international NGOs etc. A draft of a 'map' of the European effort in the area of international water research has been produced in the framework of this work, and this was presented during the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto (March 2003). The final version of this document (end 2003) is also intended to contribute to the preparation of a work programme to implement relevant actions within the overall work programme of the EU Water Initiative. Exploratory discussions have been initiated between many of the participating Member States to examine the ways for closer co-ordination of their international water research and scientific co-operation within the objective of the Research Component of the EU Water Initiative. In addition, the Research Component has been presented in the framework of international conferences/events. The research objectives of the EU Water Initiative are reflected in the various related research topics in the Work Programmes of Directorate I - Environment, INCO and Directorate H - Space and Transport (GMES). For more information see: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/water-initiative/index_en.html http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/wssd/water_en.html EUROPEAN WATER SCENARIOS: FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA TO CENTRAL ASIA Abstracts, presentations and conclusions will be available on the following web sites: http://www.forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/rtd/eesdwatkeact/home (from 14 July) http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/water-initiative/index_en.html (from 21 July) A WORLD FIRST: EUROPEAN RESEARCH DISCOVERS SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ANTIBIOTICS http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/891|0|RAPID&lg=EN One of these projects, POSEIDON, is holding a symposium in Braunschweig, Germany, 4-5 November 2003, to present its final results. For more information and registration please see http://www.eu-poseidon.com/ http://dbs.cordis.lu/cordis-cgi/srchidadb?ACTION=D&SESSION=152542003-7-2&DOC=1&TBL=EN_NEWS&RCN=EN_RCN_ID:20488&CALLER=EISIMPLE_EN_NEWS FIRST WEKNOW-PROJECT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON DRINKING WATER QUALITY IN EUROPE This conference presents and disseminates results of the European drinking water research in relation to chemical and microbiological quality. The conference will discuss the research results in the light of European Drinking Water Directive implementation. The conference is part of the WEKNOW concerted action project supported by the Water Key Action in FP5. http://www.weknow-waternetwork.com/ CITYNET: NETWORK OF EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROJECTS IN INTEGRATED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT Six individual projects (2001-2005) dealing with water management in urban areas (water supply, sewerage, drainage) including their urban/rural interfaces (raw water sources, receiving waters, groundwater) are funded within FP5, Key Action "Sustainable Management and Quality of Water". They come together under the CityNet project cluster producing a partnership which consists of 60 research institutions and 56 end-users, thus a significant part of the European R&D capacity and implementation potential in urban water systems. For more information also on the individual projects see the CityNet website: http://citynet.unife.it/ RECOVER:2010 PROJECT COMPLETED The RECOVER:2010 research project about assessing the recovery in acidified freshwaters was completed by the end of March 2003, and the final report has been issued. In this they conclude that observational data and model simulations show a significant decline in acidic surface waters in all regions of Europe. This demonstrates the success of the policies aimed at reducing emission of acidifying compounds. Model predictions to 2010 and beyond emphasise the continued benefit of the currently proposed reductions, as reflected by the degree of recovery of freshwater ecosystems. http://www.mluri.sari.ac.uk/recover">
Newsletter from the 'Water Cycle and Soil Related
Aspects' unit
Please notice: This is a slightly abridged version 
 
Welcome to this first issue of Water and Soil Times. This newsletter aims to inform you about activities and 
project results in relation to the thematic  issue of "Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects" under 
FP6. We want to tell  you about what is taking place around existing and future projects supported 
through FP5 and FP6 in this scientific area. This newsletter should also be  a vehicle to enhance the 
dissemination of project results, both during and  at the end of the projects. 
With this newsletter we aim to reach the scientific community dealing with  water and soil issues in an 
environmental context as well as a much broader  community of stakeholders such as regulators, policymakers, 
managers, industries, scientific journalists and organisations with an interest in the  subject 
matter. Please forward the newsletter to colleagues, friends,  business partners and any other 
relevant contacts that you may have, and  encourage them to subscribe to the newsletter (see subscription 
details below). 
 
NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS PUBLISHED 
 
On 3 July 2003 the Commission published a new call for proposals under  Priority 6, "Sustainable Development, 
Global Change and Ecosystems",  Sub-Priority "Global Change and Ecosystems". This includes the 
area "Water  Cycle, including Soil Related Aspects", where several subjects are open and  may be addressed 
by both new (IP and NOE) and traditional instruments (STREP  and CA). The deadline for submission 
is 9 October 2003. For full details see  http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cf ... 
 
STATUS AFTER GLOBAL-1 CALL 
All proposals submitted to the FP6-2002-Global-1 call with a deadline of 8  April 2003 have now been evaluated, 
and the co-ordinators should all have  received the Evaluation Summary Report for their proposals. 
We expect to be  in a position to open contract negotiations with the successful proposers  around 
the middle of July 2003. 
 
THE EU WATER INITIATIVE AND ITS RESEARCH COMPONENT 
 
In September 2002, the European Commission and the Danish Presidency  officially launched the EU Water 
Initiative at the Johannesburg World Summit  for Sustainable Development (WSSD). International 
water research and  scientific co-operation is an essential component of the EU Water Initiative 
 (referred to as the Research Component). The objective of the research  component is the enhancement 
of co-ordination between European water  research and development co-operation activities in 
the water sector, by  capitalising on existing programmes, results, established synergies and 
new  strategic partnerships. The expected result is the better streamlining of  research within 
the areas targeted by the EU Water Initiative and the  deepening of previous work on strengthening, 
stabilisation, development and  adaptation of local research and knowledge management and dissemination 
 systems. The majority of EU Member States include water-related research  within their bilateral 
co-operation and/or international scientific  co-operation policy frameworks, despite variations 
in strategic approaches,  thematic priorities, implementation modalities and geographical coverage. 
In  addition, international water research has been funded for many years  through the EU Research 
Framework Programmes, with a wide geographical  coverage covering various thematic areas of interest 
to developing countries. 
Following the WSSD, a Working Group for the Research Component of the EU  Water Initiative was launched. This 
Working Group met for the first time in  December 2002 with the participation of representatives 
and experts from  Member States, Commission staff and other stakeholders, including the  private 
sector. Since then the Working Group has met on several occasions  and is expanding further with the 
participation of representatives from  developing countries, other water-related initiatives, 
professional  associations, international NGOs etc. 
 
A draft of a 'map' of the European effort in the area of international water  research has been produced 
in the framework of this work, and this was  presented during the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto (March 
2003). The final  version of this document (end 2003) is also intended to contribute to the  preparation 
of a work programme to implement relevant actions within the  overall work programme of the EU Water 
Initiative. Exploratory discussions  have been initiated between many of the participating Member 
States to  examine the ways for closer co-ordination of their international water  research and scientific 
co-operation within the objective of the Research  Component of the EU Water Initiative. In addition, 
the Research Component  has been presented in the framework of international conferences/events. 
   The research objectives of the EU Water Initiative are reflected in the  various related research 
topics in the Work Programmes of Directorate I -  Environment, INCO and Directorate H - Space and Transport 
(GMES). 
 
For more information see: 
 http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/water ... 
 http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/ws ... 
 
EUROPEAN WATER SCENARIOS: FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA TO CENTRAL ASIA 
Abstracts, presentations and conclusions will be available on the following 
 web sites: 
 http://www.forum.europa.eu.int/Public/ir ... (from 14 
 July) 
 http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/water ... (from 21 
 July) 
 
A WORLD FIRST: EUROPEAN RESEARCH DISCOVERS SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ANTIBIOTICS 
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/g ... 
One of these projects, POSEIDON, is holding a symposium in Braunschweig, 
Germany, 4-5 November 2003, to present its final results. For more information and registration please see 
http://www.eu-poseidon.com/ 
http://dbs.cordis.lu/cordis-cgi/srchid ... 
 
FIRST WEKNOW-PROJECT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON DRINKING WATER QUALITY IN EUROPE 
 
This conference presents and disseminates results of the European drinking water research in relation 
to chemical and microbiological quality. The conference will discuss the research results in the 
light of European Drinking Water Directive implementation. The conference is part of the WEKNOW 
concerted action project supported by the Water Key Action in FP5. 
http://www.weknow-waternetwork.com/ 
 
CITYNET: NETWORK OF EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROJECTS IN INTEGRATED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT 
 
   Six individual projects (2001-2005) dealing with water management in urban  areas (water supply, 
sewerage, drainage) including their urban/rural  interfaces (raw water sources, receiving waters, 
groundwater) are funded  within FP5, Key Action "Sustainable Management and Quality of Water". 
They  come together under the CityNet project cluster producing a partnership  which consists of 
60 research institutions and 56 end-users, thus a  significant part of the European R&D capacity 
and implementation potential  in urban water systems. 
For more information also on the individual projects see the CityNet  website: 
 http://citynet.unife.it/ 
 
RECOVER:2010 PROJECT COMPLETED 
 
The RECOVER:2010 research project about assessing the recovery in acidified  freshwaters was completed 
by the end of March 2003, and the final report has  been issued. In this they conclude that observational 
data and model  simulations show a significant decline in acidic surface waters in all  regions of 
Europe. This demonstrates the success of the policies aimed at  reducing emission of acidifying 
compounds. Model predictions to 2010 and  beyond emphasise the continued benefit of the currently 
proposed reductions,  as reflected by the degree of recovery of freshwater ecosystems. 
 http://www.mluri.sari.ac.uk/recover 
Posted: 06/08/2003 By: Joerg Frauenstein



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