Monitoring report covering the period from January to June 2019
Kick-off meeting, 23 September 2019, Brussels
Future workshops and other events:
Capacity building workshop, 11 December 2019, Zaragoza
Sustainable water management is essential for European key sectors such as tourism, agriculture, energy, but also chemical, paper and food industry. Within a growing global trend of water consumption, OECD countries water demand is expected to stabilise towards 2050 (350 km3/yr in the EU), and yet European society and economy in different territories must tackle the following trends that will determine the competitiveness of European water industry:
- Boosting resilient infrastructure. Aging infrastructure and low investment in operation and maintenance; persistent and emerging pollutants, water losses and scarce resources must be tackled through a combination of innovative and nature based solutions, opening the traditional water sector to new technologies that introduce efficiency and productivity in water management
- Digitalization. Industry 4.0 also brings many opportunities for economic development in the water sector. Business intelligence, big data -acquisition and management-, sensors, robotics, virtual reality are new elements that might facilitate water management for different water users and uses.
- Circular economy introduces a new paradigm for current water technologies. Resource recovery, sludge valorisation, water reuse, energy efficiency and production are the new paradigm that should be taken into consideration in water management plans of different water consumers.
- Enable multistakeholder governance, as water should be managed according to the multiple water users: agriculture, urban and industrial water consumers that need to observe different requirements and manage a common and unique resource. For example, small municipalities are facing extra challenges such as aging and disperse population and low productivity that risks the future economic development.
The main goal of this thematic area (WST) is to strengthen innovation capacity of European regions beyond resource efficiency, in order to facilitate new investments based on open innovation infrastructure and new technologies for sustainable water management by clusters in regional ecosystems. A closer and interdisciplinary collaboration by partner regions and regional cluster organizations will respond to the water industry challenges through advanced technological solutions to tackle European water territories and society needs.
Accordingly, WST will give special attention to support cross sectoral collaboration in water and ICT sectors and highlitht the most promising innovations. The exchange of experiences in interregional value chains, investment pipelines and investment platforms will enhance industrial dialogue and will allow the development of innovative technologies and services. In consequence, new projects and joint activities will drive regional cooperation through innovations beyond the state of the art.
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List of Regions involved
Contact details of the Leading RegionsAragón:
Francisco VIGALONDO – Aragón Exterior - Brussels’ liaison office - 10 rue Montoyer – 1000 Bruxelles – Phone: +32 (2) 503 02 08
Marisa FERNÁNDEZ – ZINNAE, Cluster for the eficient use of water – CEEI – María de Luna 11, 50.018 Zaragoza – Phone: +34667676050
Inés TORRALBA – Instituto Aragonés del Agua
Francis BERTRAND – DREAM Cluster – Phone: +33 623598833
Alban MARCHÉ - Director of Economy, Centre-Val de Loire Region
Rodolphe DOITE – Policy Officer Research and Innovation - Representation in Brussels and European Projects Unit – Phone : +32 2 486 15 53
Héloïse PESCHARD - EEN Project officer - DEV’UP – Phone : +33 2 38 88 87 85
Stephanie FONTENTAS, in charge of partnerhsip on behalf of Centre Val de Loire region in Brussels
Eric VOS, province of Fryslân – Phone: +31-58 29 25 838
Tjeerd HAZENBERG, province of Fryslân
Stefan BERGSMA, Water Alliance – Phone: +31-58 284 90 44
Pieter de JONG, EU Representative Wetsus/ WaterCampus Leeuwarden,