Environmental Technologies Research - issue n°4
- July 07
NEWS:   
  
 FP7 –  Environmental research – calls for proposals  
  
   
  
 The  evaluation of proposals submitted in response to the first call    
FP7-ENV-2007-1 are expected to be completed by the end of July 2007.   
The  resulting Evaluation Summary Reports will be sent to the   
coordinators of each  evaluated proposal to give them a prompt indication   
of the evaluation's outcome.  This indication can not be considered by any   
means as a commitment as  regards possible selection and funding.   
  
   
  
 The next call  for 2008 is currently under preparation and further   
consultations with the  aim to be published by November 2007. In   
principle, the proposals' submission  deadline will be in February 2008,   
following the rules of one single stage  submission and evaluation. The   
overall EC budget for projects' funding is of  €210  million.  
  
   
  
    
  
   Guidance  on FP7 grant agreements' negotiation   
  
   
  
 The  Commission published its FP7 Draft Negotiation Guidance Notes   
intended to  provide insights and to assist participants invited for project   
negotiation.  The document is available for consultation on     
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/find-doc_e ... together with other guides    
and information material.  
  
   
  
New web site for SMEs on the Europa Research web site  
  
This site replaces the SME TechWeb site on CORDIS, so if you have that   
one bookmarked, stored in your 'favourites' or linked to one of the web   
sites you manage, please update the link to   
http://ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techw ...  
  
Included in the site is a link to an online test provided by the Walloon   
Region of Belgium which helps a company determine whether or not it falls   
within the Commission's definition of an SME. This is a very useful tool for   
all the Themes in the Cooperation Programme as they include SMEs in   
their projects.  
  
The rest of the site provides information to both research-acquiring and   
research-performing SMEs regarding the opportunities they have to get   
involved in FP7.  
  
There is also a publications library, a link to open calls on CORDIS and a   
page with information on how to obtain support.  
  
   
  
   
  
 First prototype of the Integrated Solution Support System (i3S) of   
the AquaStress  project  
   The i3S (say i-tripple-S) is a web-based application intended to facilitate   
the use of available AquaStress data, information and software tools. User   
oriented, the i3S should help understand water stress from an integrated   
multi-sectoral  perspective and will allow the combination of a wide variety   
of analysis and  mitigation options to deliver optimal and adaptable   
solutions to water  stress.    
  
The prototype is currently in its final phase of development. The  first   
version is available for public testing on   http://test.wisl.nl/aquastress  and   
later on through the project's web site   http://www.aquastress.net/.   
Contributions and suggestions about its  functionality and content are   
appreciated.  
  
For more information, please  contact C.J. (Kees) de Zeeuw (  
Kees.dezeeuw@wur.nl)  
  
   
  
Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities Health   
(SWITCH)  
  
SWITCH is an FP6 integrated project which addresses the increasing   
difficulties in efficiently managing scarcer and less reliable water that cities   
are facing due to increasing global change pressures, escalating costs   
and other risks inherent to conventional urban water management.   
  
SWITCH officially started in February 2006 and the first year substantial   
progress was made on several activities. More that 26 research rapports   
have been produced and 20 PhD and 26 MSc students have been started.   
  
Learning alliance (LA) set up has been the focus of the program for the   
first 12 months with progress in all nine cities. All cities have produced   
scoping reports and plans and most of them have identified coordinators   
and facilitators and have engaged with LA stakeholders. Training on the LA   
process was done during the kick-off meeting and the researchers have   
realigned research to be responsive to LA needs.  
  
An initial inventory of important global change pressures was produced.   
Detailed analysis in each demo city of these factors as well as of the   
urban water systems is in progress. This will feed into a scenario planning   
process in each city in the next 12 months which further details out both   
these pressures and potential futures.  
  
Demonstrations were initiated in Tel Aviv (water reuse), Lodz (river   
restoration) and Zaragoza (water loss & consumption reductions).   
Substantial planning for demonstrations at SWITCH study sites including   
Lima (feasibility study on peri-urban wastewater for agriculture), Emscher   
(storm water control) and ecological sanitation operational performance (35   
global case studies) are underway.  
  
The first year of SWITCH saw the establishment and implementation of an   
interactive management system, an intranet site for internal use to   
strengthen communication as well as an interaction within the Consortium.   
  
Draft dissemination, exploitation and training activities have been initiated.   
SWITCH was officially launched during the 3rd World Water Conference in   
Mexico City. It has actively linked with UNESCO-IHP programme, the   
TECHNEAU integrated project, the Water & Climate Dialogue program,   
CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country, NOWRA Water for all Life and WERF   
initiatives. Discussion initiated with IWA, International Building Conference   
and Zaragoza EXPO 08 for major upcoming conference events.  
  
More project information can be obtained from the project website:    
www.switchurbanwater.eu  
  
   
  
Development and Testing of Practical Guidelines for the   
Assessment of Environmental and Resources Costs and Benefits in   
the WFD (AQUAMONEY)    
  
The project AquaMoney aims to develop and test practical guidelines for   
the assessment of environmental and resource costs and benefits in the   
European Water Framework Directive (WFD). More specifically, a protocol   
for good practice will be developed for the use of economic values related   
to environmental and resource costs and benefits under different European   
water management conditions at water body, national and international   
river basin scale.    
  
The project started on the 1st of April 2006. During the first project year,   
the project group worked specifically on:  
  
(i) the definition of environmental and resource costs and benefits;  
  
(ii) their role in the WFD and policy maker demand for more guidance on   
their definition and assessment;  
  
(iii) the draft technical guidelines to assess environmental and resource   
costs and benefits;  
  
(iv) the available economic value estimates in the existing international   
water valuation literature.  
  
The most important achievements and outputs in the first year are   
correspondingly:  
  
(a) a definition note about environmental and resource costs and benefits   
and their role in the WFD;  
  
(b) draft technical guidelines;  
  
(c) an inventory of the current role of environmental and resource costs and   
benefits across the EU Member States and policy and stakeholder   
demand for more guidance on their assessment.  
  
These achievements and outputs were presented and discussed with the   
international project Advisory Committee during the second plenary project   
meeting in Berlin at the end of the first project year.  
  
The questionnaire survey was carried out to identify WFD policy and   
decision-maker and stakeholder demand for more guidance on the   
assessment of environmental and resource costs and benefits and the   
specific content of the AquaMoney guidelines. The survey was completed   
by 40 different European policymakers and stakeholders in more than 15   
European Member States. 
Posted: 17/07/2007 By: Professor Paul Bardos



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