New Starts under the Framework 7 Programme (FP7)
New starts announced by DG Resercch of interest for a soil and water audience include these three projects.  No web links available as yet.     
Presumably information will soon be posted at: ...    
FP7 AdvanceETV (226824): Coordination action on Environmental     
Technology Verification ETV - Building a framework for     
international cooperation    
AdvanceETV aims to demonstrate that the proposed schemes and     
protocols for Environmental Technologies Verification systems have the     
potential to be recognised internationally. Thus the main objective is to     
develop an international framework for cooperation and mutual recognition     
by supporting the cooperation of international ETV activities, e.g the     
International Working Group (IWG). This requires support by joint     
coordination activities: (i) Providing a European basis for mutual reco    
gnition (ii) Coordinating requirements for co-verification and joint verification     
(iii) Developing a framework for international harmonization....     
FP7 Twin2Go (226571): Coordinating Twinning partnerships towards     
more adaptive Governance in river basins    
At the beginning of June the new ‘Twin2Go’, the ‘Coordinating Twinning     
partnerships towards more adaptive Governance in river basins’ project     
(supported as a coordinated action within the 7th European Framework     
Programme) has started. Over the past years, the EU has funded several     
projects that undertook research on specific integrated water resources     
management (IWRM) issues in case studies carried out on twinned river     
basins from Europe and from developing countries. The aim of Twin2Go     
now is to review, assess, synthesize and consolidate the outcomes of     
these projects in order to make them transferable and applicable to other     
basins, and to disseminate the project results effectively to relevant     
authorities, stakeholders and end-users    
FP7 UMBRELLA (226870): Using MicroBes for the REgulation of     
heavy metaL mobiLity at ecosystem and landscape scAle: an     
integrative approach for soil remediation by geobiological     
The overall goal of UMBRELLA is to use microorganisms to develop     
cost-efficient and sustainable measures for soil remediation at heavy metal     
contaminated sites throughout Europe. This will be facilitated by research     
in microbiology, plant uptake and (hydro)geochemistry centres on the     
study of microbial influence on metal biogeochemical cycles and their     
impact for use in soil and water protection. The technologies developed     
provide a speed-up of existing bioremediation techniques and will provide a     
tool-box to end-users with microbes for remediation actions in different     
European climatic, geological and biological setting which will allow     
low-cost, sustainable, on-site bioremediation of metal contaminations  
FP7 AQUAREHAB (226565): Development of rehabilitation   
technologies and approaches for multi-pressured degraded waters   
and the integration of their impact on river basin management  
Within the AQUAREHAB project, different innovative rehabilitation   
technologies for soil, groundwater and surface water will be developed to   
cope with a number of hazardous (nitrates, pesticides, chlorinated and   
aromatic compounds, mixed pollutions,…) within heavily degraded water   
systems. The technologies are activated riparian zones/wetlands; smart   
biomass containing carriers for treatment of water in open trenches; in-situ   
technologies to restore degraded surface water by inhibiting influx of   
pollutants from groundwater to surface water; multifunctional permeable   
barriers and injectable Fe-based particles for rehabilitation of groundwater.   
FP7 NEW ED (227004): Advanced bipolar membrane processes for   
remediation of highly saline waste water streams  
NEW ED aims at closing industrial water cycles and reducing the amount   
of waste water streams with highly concentrated salt loads stemming from   
a broad range of industrial production processes by exploiting the waste   
components (salts) and transforming them to valuable products. This will   
be achieved by developing new micro- to nano-porous bipolar membranes   
for bipolar electrodialysis (BPMED), a new membrane module concept and   
by integrating this new technology into relevant production processes. The   
bipolar membrane process produces acids and bases from their   
corresponding salts by dissociating water at the interface within the bipolar   
Posted: 06/07/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos