WATER AND SOIL TIMES ? Issue 3, November 2003
A newsletter from the "Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects" unit in the European Commissions Directorate General for Research.
NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT TO POLICY
The new call for proposals for Scientific Support to Policy was published on 10 October 2003. The work programme covers a wide area of topics, but I want to draw
your attention to three specific tasks. These tasks are all within the area 1.5 Environmental Assessment:
Task 1 - Development of sampling and analytical standards for hygienic parameters relevant for soil, biowaste and sludge
Task 2 - Detection techniques for viruses (in bathing water)
Task 3 - Thresholds of groundwater pollutants
The tasks are described in the document ?Detailed background document on SSP?, which may be downloaded from the CORDIS web site (see below).
Please note that the work programme and the tasks have been updated for this call and it is vital that you use the correct version. The deadline for submission
of proposals is 13 January 2004 at 17:00 Brussels local time. Please ensure that your proposal is delivered well in time as the deadline is strictly applied.
SedNet (European Sediment Research Network) WP3 ?Quality and impact assessment? is organising a workshop in Lisbon on 29-31 January 2004. This workshop
follows in the series of workshops in Barcelona, November 2002 and Berlin, April 2003. The scope of this 3rd workshop is on monitoring sediment quality at river
basin scale with the specific objective of understanding the behaviour and fate of pollutants. Furthermore, the goal of this workshop, like any other SedNet
workshop, is to contribute to the overall goals of SedNet. Thus this workshop will contribute to the creation of a functioning network and to the development
of the joint document, containing recommendations in the form of SSM (sustainable sediment management) guidance. For further information see
EU-WORKSHOP ON WATER-SOIL-SYSTEM
The two EU projects JOINT " Joint Technical Approach for Decontamination of Soil and Groundwater " and IMAGE-TRAIN ? Innovative Management of Groundwater
Resources in Europe Training and RTD Co-ordination Project - are holding an EU workshop on ?The Functioning and Management of the Water-Soil-System at River-Basin
Scale: Diffuse Pollution and Point Sources? in Orléans, France, 26th ? 28th November 2003. The event is hosted by BRGM and more information can be found at
Harmoni-CA Conference "Forum on Harmonising Methodologies & Information and Communication Tools for the Water Framework Directive", February 18 & 19,
2004, Brussels, Management Centre Europe, MCE, rue de l'Aquaduc 118, 1050 Brussels. Harmoni-CA is a concerted action supported under FP5 aiming to create
a forum for unambiguous communication, information exchange and harmonisation of the use and development of methodologies and information and communication
technology tools supporting the development of integrated river basin management plans (IRBMP's). Harmoni-CA is organising a first conference in order
to facilitate the dialogue and to help bridging the gap between researchers, technology providers, policy makers and operational managers, helping especially
their demand and support need to be matched. The demand, for instance, will be based on the experiences in the WFD pilots and in the actual implementation. Support
will come from EC research projects and other sources. The focus of the conference is on the WFD implementation phases 2004-2006 and 2006-2009. For more information
contact Mr. Geo Arnold,
The ARID project is holding a workshop on 2-4 February 2004 in La Palma. ARID is a cluster of FP5 projects dealing with water resources use and management in
arid and semi-arid regions. The aim of this workshop is to discuss related social aspects, structural instruments and economic issues and strengthen information
exchange and assimilation of related experiences (for more information contact Dr.P.Koundouri, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
CONCLUSIONS FROM PA-TAN-TEX WORKSHOP
The PA-TAN-TEX project (co-operation between the research sectors of pulp-paper, leather and textile industries) has produced a list of joint research
priorities for the three sectors. The project workshop in September showed the need for further co-operation in this area and proposed a number of actions to
be taken. Both the joint research priorities and the workshop conclusions are available from the project web site (see under results).
PAPERBREF PROJECT COMPLETED
The final results of the PAPERBREF project (on implications of the application of the BREF in paper mills on the local groundwater situation in Tuscany) have
shown that water savings of 12% may be made in the paper mills with no investment, increasing to 22% and 40% with minor or more substantial investments. Modelling
shows that the groundwater level in the area under study would rise by approximate 1 meter in the case of modest investments in the mills. A long-term result of
the project is the PAPERBREF HelpDesk. This is a tool to help the European paper mills to operate according to IPPC obligations as described in the BREF with minimum
impact on ground water levels and surface water quality. The aim is to provide the European paper industry with a high level consultancy service specialised
in the interpretation and implementation of the BREF in paper mills. Further details on the project web site:
WATER KEY ACTION ? A NEW SERVICE FOR FP5 RTD PROJECTS RESULTS
About 70% of the EVK1 funded projects are going to be completed from early next year onwards; indeed it is time now to publish the achieved results. For this
purpose we are preparing a specific section at the Library service of our Circa web site: FP5-Project results.
So far 65 executive summary reports, intermediate or final where available, have been uploaded and are publicly available for consultation.
Our intention is to maintain it alive in a dynamic way by updating and completing this section in a bimonthly basis, in parallel to the publication of this newsletter.
Any comment and relevant contribution to this FP5-Project Results initiative will be appreciated.
(contact person: A. Gonzalez, mailto:Avelino.Gonzalez-Gonzalez@cec.eu.int)
E.E.van Loon and P.A.Troch (eds.) 2002. Final Report of the DAUFIN project, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. 157 pp. This report summarizes the
main results of the 20-month EU RTD project DAUFIN, aiming at the development of improved tools for hydrological modelling. The tools concentrate on a new catchment-based
modelling approach - the Representative Elementary Watershed model - and new data assimilation techniques (for more information contact Prof. P. Troch, mailto:Peter.Troch@wur.nl).