Eight awards in Water JPI 2018 Joint Call

24 January 2019

NWO has approved eight Dutch project proposals for the ERA-NET Cofund call of the Joint Programming Initiative Water on improving sustainable water resources management. The Water JPI Joint Call aimed to address research and innovation to support the implementation of the EU water policy, in particular on the thematic area of Closing the Water Cycle Gap – Sustainable Management of Water Resources.

Launched in 2010, the JPI Water aims to contribute to a reduction of fragmentation of efforts by EU Member States and to mobilise skills, knowledge and resources, with a view to strengthening Europe's leadership and competitiveness on water research and innovation. No single European country can address this challenge by itself, due to the magnitude of the needed operations and to the geographical variation of the water problems. Responding to the grand challenge requires a joint multi-disciplinary approach, since outstanding economic, ecological, technological and societal challenges are to be addressed.

Funding

Eighteen transnational research projects have been funded for a total grant amount of 15.2 million euro, with support of the European Commission through an ERA-NET Cofund. Dutch researchers are collaborating in eight of the projects. The maximum funding from NWO is 250.000 euro per consortium. Further information about the projects with Dutch researchers is provided below.

SIMTWIST
Coordinator: Dr. Bas Amelung (Wageningen University & Research)
Tourism and water scarcity: analysis and policy options In the Mediterranean region, tourism is an important but under-researched water consumer. This project aims to 1) estimate tourism's share in current and future water scarcity in the Mediterranean, and 2) study and simulate water-related behaviour of tourism stakeholders. The project's ultimate objective is to inform tourism decision-makers about the effectiveness of a variety of measures to reduce tourism's water consumption.

Urbanwat - Tools and criteria for urban water management
Coordinator: Dr. Thom Bogaard (Delft University of Technology)
Groundwater quality in urban areas is under increasing pressure. The water resources under our fast expanding urban areas are an important source of water for society. However, they also deliver more and yet unknown contaminants and the increased complexity in land use has strong influence on the ground water quality. Urbanwat proposes an integrated approach for urban groundwater management using monitoring, measuring and modelling of ground water systems in urban areas with the overall aim to contribute to the healthy and safe use of urban ground water resources.

RECOWATDIG - Sustainable technology for the staged recovery of an agricultural water from high moisture fermentation products
Coordinator: Prof. Gerrit Brem (University of Twente)
Sustainable development goals demand highest possible sustainability of the human activities. RECOWATDIG addresses this by research and development, aimed at obtaining a technical design of an installation for the staged recovery of currently neglected, agricultural water from drying of high moisture solid fermentation products. A high synergy is obtained by integration of water recovery, drying, hydrothermal carbonization and water purification with optimized use of the electricity and water storage, making the proposed technology 'smart grid ready'.

IN-WOP - Mind the Water Cycle Gap: Innovating Water Management Optimisation Practice
Coordinator: Dr Jan Kwakkel (Delft University of Technology)
There is a long standing tradition in water management to use optimization. These optimizations rely on aggregated objective functions. Recent scientific developments have made it possible to move to more disaggregated formulations. The project will compare the current optimization approaches in three case studies - Lake Como Basin, the Seine River and the Merguellil Basin – with novel many-objective formulations, to find out if and how aggregation of objectives biases results towards the status quo, limits the finding of innovative solutions, and fosters stakeholder resistance.

RainSolutions
Coordinator: Prof. Huub Rijnaarts (Wageningen University & Research)
This research makes the city more resilient to climate change and more circular to prevent material depletion. A model is created to cohere the spatial arrangement of nature-based solutions for urban runoffs (like green roofs & parks) and of emerging circular solutions (like heat recovery & urban farming). The outcome helps keep the urban water clean and healthy and enhance the recovery and reuse of resources like water and nutrients.

WaterHarmony - Closing the Water Cycle Gap with Harmonised Actions for Sustainable Management of Water Resources
Coordinator: Dr. Ghada el Serafy (Deltares)
The WaterHarmony projects aims to close the gap between the demand and supply in water, related to quality, quantity, circularity, reusability, human safety and economic feasibility. It demonstrates the adaptive water management approaches that use BigData and other technological advancements to address global environmental and social challenges; validates innovative technologies that enable safer, secure and economically more feasible use and reuse of water, alongside addressing challenges with emerging pollutants.

iAqueduct - Zooming in on local water management
Coordinator: Prof. Bob Su (University of Twente)
Satellite missions monitor the global water cycle at a scale of one to tens of kilometers. iAqueduct will close the gap between these global satellite observations and local needs of information for water management. Using Copernicus satellite data at a scale of twenty meters, a high resolution Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and in-situ observations scaling functions are derived for soil moisture and evapotranspiration at meter scales.

EnTruGo - Enhancing trust in government through effective water governance strategies
Coordinator: Dr. Jasper de Vries (Wageningen University & Research)­­
The aim of the EnTruGo project is to explore how interpersonal trust, developed through democratic innovations characterised by public participation and stakeholder processes, impact trust in government as guardian of water resources. This trust in government is essential since it contributes to effective, sustainable and legitimate water governance, including water use as well as catchment management. The research will be conducted at both national scale and in case studies nested in diverse governance environments in Europe (the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden), mirrored by one South African case. In so doing, this project will enrich the theoretical understanding of public trust and how it relates to interpersonal trust that can be promoted through democratic innovations. Based on these insights and in close collaboration with local and national non-academic actors, this project will propose strategies to enhance trust in government and, hence, ultimately increase the effectiveness, sustainability and legitimacy of water governance.

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Source: NWO