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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
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
For more information see:
EUROPEAN WATER SCENARIOS: FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA TO CENTRAL ASIA
Abstracts, presentations and conclusions will be available on the following
http://www.forum.europa.eu.int/Public/ir ... (from 14
http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/water ... (from 21
A WORLD FIRST: EUROPEAN RESEARCH DISCOVERS SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ANTIBIOTICS
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
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.
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:
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.