FP6 - Water cycle and Soil related aspects - Results of the 4th Call for proposals  
After the evaluation of received proposals a number of projects have been selected in this area for immediate negotiation (Traditional Instruments only). 
A short description of the projects' objectives, consortia and contact persons have been compiled together with the results of the 3rd Call in a publication
available at: http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/ ... FP6 - Global Change and Ecosystems: 3,7 M€ allocated to reinforce international scientific collaboration A specific call aiming at promoting the participation of partners from Targeted Third Countries in projects for which contracts are already signed or under
negotiation in priority thematic areas of research has been launched recently (FP6-2006-TTC-TU-Priority-6-3). The deadline for submission of proposals
is 16 May 2006. The list of eligible projects for this specific call and necessary information is available at http://www.cordis.lu/sustdev/environment ...
FP6 - Descartes prize call is open until 4 May, 2006 Two prizes will be awarded this year: one for scientific research and one for science communication. A specific panel of highly recognised scientists will evaluate and assess the proposals in earth sciences. Winners receive amounts which may go up to €1 million.
Guidelines, application forms and information are available on the Cordis website: http://fp6.cordis.europa.eu.int/index.cf ...
For further information, please visit the Descartes website: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/desca ... or please contact: rtd-descartes@cec.eu.int. The Open Modelling Interface and Environment (OpenMI) launch meeting DG RTD hosted a meeting in Brussels on 15th February 2006 to inform senior representatives of user organisations (water companies, competent national and
regional water authorities, research organisations, consultants) about OpenMI and its benefits. The Open Modelling Interface and Environment (the OpenMI)
is the result of the HarmonIT FP5 project (see http://www.harmonit.org). The driving force for the project was the need to provide water managers with tools that
would enable them to implement the integrated approach to water management called for by the Water Framework Directive. This requires an ability to predict
not only how individual catchment processes will respond to ‘programmes of measures’ but also to foresee how those processes will interact with each other.
Prediction is achieved through the use of models but until the development of the OpenMI technology, no generic open practical mechanism existed that could
link together models of different processes from different suppliers running on different machines. HarmonIT has developed and proved the concept of the
OpenMI, which solves this complex problem, also thanks to the collaboration among the three major hydrology software developing companies in Europe. The
OpenMI will not only make life easier for thousands of water and environmental managers across Europe, it will open up the business market for small companies
and universities who are developing computer models. To further promote the use and dissemination of this tool, the HarmonIT project established the OpenMI
Association which is opened to companies, public organisations and universities interested in system analysis and modelling. For further information on
the OpenMI Association see http://www.OpenMI.org Seawater desalination: an innovative pilot plant is producing 3.000 l/h The FP5 project AQUASOL has recently presented its final hybrid solar energy-based desalination plant in Tabernas (Spain). The prototype, one of the main
outcomes of the project, is combining effective parabolic solar collectors, optimised heat pump and Multi-Effect Distillation (MED) powered by solar/gas
fired energy. The consortium is planning to continue the tests of the prototype beyond the project duration in view to obtain additional and conclusive performance
data. Environmental aspects of brine disposal have been considered in the project with the development and optimisation of solar ponds including forced evaporation
and salt recovery. More details and final results will be available soon at http://www.psa.es/webeng/aquasol/index.h ... Ecoflood guidelines: How to use floodplains for flood risk reduction These guidelines are the final product of the Ecoflood EC funded project. The main objective of these guidelines is to promote the use of floodplains as natural
flood defence measures, while at the same time optimising other compatible functions and values through conservation and restoration. It is intended that
these guidelines will be used as a tool primarily by policy-makers and decision-makers who are aware of the potential advantages of floodplain restoration
and management in the role of flood control, but may benefit from comprehensive guidance on assessing, initiating, funding and carrying-out such schemes
as well as information on the other functions floodplains can perform. It is also intended that they will be an accessible source of information for a wide range
of stakeholders with an interest in floodplain management. Case studies are provided to illustrate the wide range of schemes that can be carried out and the
degrees of success that have been achieved. The guidelines are going to be published shortly by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities,
a preliminary version is available at the following project address: http://levis.sggw.waw.pl/ecoflood/ Best Practice Guidance for Management of Cyanotoxins in Water Supplies The TOXIC FP5 project has recently submitted its final report. The project addressed priority hazardous water pollutants, i.e. cyanobacteria and the potent
biotoxins (cyanotoxins), which have been observed in water bodies including drinking water reservoirs throughout Europe, with a view of providing solutions
for water management and purification strategies to reduce associated human health risk. The results of the project show that removal of cyanobacteria toxins
– cell bound and dissolved – in drinking water treatment trains is possible with high efficiency if the following aspects are considered: raw water management and early warning systems application of precise and optimized analytical techniques optimized treatment trains One of the major achievements of the TOXIC project is the compilation of a technical manual on “Best Practice Guidance for Management of Cyanotoxins in Water
Supplies” which provides practical guidance to water utilities. This guidance considers the selection, design and operation of water treatment processes
to achieve cost-effective removal of algae and cyanotoxins for particular situations and the implementation of secure and cost-effective monitoring strategies
for cyanotoxins. For more information on this report contact Dr. Wido Schmidt (schmidt@tzw-dresden.de) “Guidelines for sustainable water management in tourism facilities” issued by the FP5 SWAMP project The guidelines include the experience collected at the SWAMP demonstration sites and knowledge of all the project partners. The intention is to promote
an integrated approach to water supply and wastewater treatment, targeted towards reuse of water and nutrients, in tourism facilities at remote locations.
SWAMP is a demonstration project co-funded by the EC through its 5th Framework Program. More about the project under www.swamp-eu.org. Additional information about this publication can be obtained at www.aee.at/shop/shop_content.php?buch=154 . “Learning together to manage together – improvin
Posted: 16/03/2006 By: Mr Jörg Frauenstein