Water and Soil Times - Last Issue - November 2006
A newsletter for the “Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects” activities in   
the European Commission Directorate General for Research  
Dear Readers,  
In July 2003 we published the first issue of the 'Water and Soil Times', an   
e-newsletter dedicated to promote and disseminate information about   
activities, RTD projects and results achieved within the thematic area   
'Water and Soil related aspects' under FP6 as well as relevant FP5   
projects. In total, 22 issues were sent to the interested community, the   
last one reaching more than 3.200 subscribers. All published issues are   
available for consultation and download at:   
http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/ ...  
The 7th Framework Programme will start next year. Therefore we intend to   
focus the coming issues of a revised newsletter on subjects addressed by   
the FP7 activity 'Environmental Technologies'. The enlarged scope will   
address technologies which contribute to sustainable consumption and   
production, help to deliver sustainable growth, providing eco-efficient   
solutions to environmental problems at different scales and protect our   
cultural and natural heritage.  
I would like to sincerely thank all contributors and subscribers and hope   
that we will succeed to maintain, and even enhance, the interest in this   
publication in the future.   
FP7 NEWS: Budget and decisions  
The decisional process towards FP7 adoption is progressing smoothly,   
the Council having adopted a common position on 25 September. The   
indicative budget allocated to the theme Environment (including Climate   
Change) within the Specific Programme 'Cooperation' is now 1.890 EUR   
Million. Details about the FP7 decision process are available at:  
http://ec.europa.eu/prelex/detail_doss ...  
FP7 NEWS: Forthcoming call for experts:  
The Commission shall appoint independent experts to assist with   
evaluations of FP7 proposals. Consequently, a call for experts will be   
launched in view to establish an appropriate database from where experts   
shall be selected on the basis of required skills and knowledge.  
The experts registered in the Experts Management Module for FP6 (  
https://cordis.europa.eu/emmfp6/index. ... will   
be invited to refresh their data by the end of November 2006.  
HYDRATE - Hydrometeorological data resources and technologies   
for effective flash flood forecasting.   
The HYDRATE project was officially launched on 1st September 2006.   
This 3-year FP6 specific target research project aims to improve the   
scientific basis of flash flood forecasting by extending the understanding of   
past flash flood events, advancing and harmonising a European-wide   
innovative flash flood observation strategy and developing a coherent set of   
technologies and tools for effective early warning systems. To this end, the   
project includes actions on the organization of the existing flash flood data   
patrimony across Europe. The observation strategy proposed in HYDRATE   
has the objective to collect flash flood data by combining   
hydrometeorological monitoring and the acquisition of complementary   
information from post-event surveys.  This will involve a network of existing   
Hydrometeorological Observatories; all are placed in high flash flood   
potential regions. HYDRATE will develop a freely-accessible European   
Flash Flood Database to make the collected hydrometeorological data   
available to the international research community. The final aim of   
HYDRATE is to enhance the capability of flash flood forecasting in   
ungauged basins by exploiting the extended availability of flash flood data   
and the improved process understanding. Partners include nine   
universities, seven government research centres and one SME. They   
represent eight Member States, one Associated Candidate State and   
three third countries. The results of HYDRATE will benefit thus from   
assembling international knowledge and scientific expertise and lead to   
advancements in observation strategy for implementation not only in   
Europe but internationally.   
For more information on the project contact the project coordinator, Prof.   
Marco Borga (e-mail: marco.borga@unipd.it).  
The FOOTPRINT Project: developing tools for pesticide risk   
assessment and management in the EU  
This FP6 'Scientific Support to Policies' project aims at developing a range   
of tools which can be used to assess the risk of pesticides having an   
impact on water resources and to investigate potential risk reduction   
strategies.  The 3 FOOT tools are designed to address the needs of   
different stakeholders with regard to pesticides:  
- extension services and farmers at the farm scale  
- water quality managers at the catchment scale  
- policy makers and registration authorities at national and EU scale.  
The project has recently released a database containing environmental   
fate and ecotoxicological data for all pesticides registered in the EU and   
their metabolites ('The FOOTPRINT PPDB'). The project team is currently   
finalising the development of a large number of agro-environmental   
scenarios which will allow a classification of land in the EU according to   
their potential to contaminate adjacent water resources.  
Those interested in the project are invited to attend the FOOTPRINT   
annual meeting (23-24 November 2006, Copenhagen) or to visit the project   
web site at: www.eu-footprint.org  
How EUGRIS can help you to prepare for the imminent call for   
proposals for FP7?  
A major challenge for those initiating or participating in FP7 projects is to   
find the most suitable partners in Europe, associated states or target third   
This is where EUGRIS (http://www.eugris.info), a portal dedicated to soil   
and water related topics, can help as it has over 1,700 registered experts   
in its “Who does What” Directory, including their contact details and   
EUGRIS can also support proposal development by:  
- providing a dissemination platform  
- providing access to past projects (and their outputs) so you can see   
what has already been done  
- providing contacts to other stakeholders (regulators, industry etc).  
More information is available from:  
http://www.eugris.info/DisplayNewsItem ...   
'Water and Liberalisation. European Water Scenarios', edited by:   
Matthias Finger, Jeremy Allouche, Patrícia Luís-Manso.  
The publication is a result of the EC funded project EUROMARKET (FP5).    
The key sections of the book concern:  
1. An in depth introduction to the current situation in the WSS sector.  
2. The European water supply and sanitation markets; the institutional   
framework of the water supply and sanitation sector in the EU: a   
comparative analysis; analysis of the EU explicit and implicit policies and   
approaches in the sector; analysis of the strategies of the water operators   
in Europe.  
3. Scenarios on the evolution of the water sector in Europe.  
4. Economic, environmental and social implications of the scenarios;   
major implications per scenario.  
More information about the publication is available at:   
http://www.iwapublishing.com/template. ...   
FP6 Integrated Project Aquastress – 2nd Newsletter is available  
The AQUASTRESS project adopts a rather unique and definitely   
challenging 'case study stakeholder driven' approach involving proactively   
the acting community in the different stages of the decision-making   
process. This powerful and responsive mechanism will induce robust   
means for a real integrative water resources management.   
The project is organised in three phases; (i) charact 
Posted: 13/11/2006 By: Professor Paul Bardos