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WWW:WEB-INCO.NET - Platform of dialog - platform for success! (01.11.2012)

"Firstly I took note of WBC-INCO.NET project webpage back in 2007-2008 and from that time it became one of my favorite sources of information and inspiration also. The Newsletter disseminated within the project is an “obligatory reading” for me and members of my team. The idea of having a regional policy platform for fostering the S&T partnership with EU is from the beginning a successful one, even not easy at all – you should agree first on a common regional vision. But I think that the good practice of WBC-INCO.NET project lies in something different – in a shared ownership, networking, wide representation and participation of stakeholders and of course, important achievements." ...

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Contact:

Sergiu Porcescu,
FP7 NCP Coordinator in Moldova,
JRC & INCO NCP
Representative of Academy of Sciences of Moldova to the European Institutions
B-1000 Brussels
Email: cip@asm.md


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FP7 ENV.2013.6.2-1: Sustainable risk-based water management in a river basin affected by anthropic activities - RIVERMAN (04.10.2012)

ABSTRACT
A Romanian company searches partners for a FP7 project aimed to contribute to the detailed implementation of the Water Framework Directive, in a bottom-up manner, by working together with stakeholders in a selected River Basin, identify their problems, elaborate tailored solutions, align their policies and strategies, test cooperation capabilities. The company, as coordinator of the project, is looking for SMEs, research organizations or universities with competences in the environment field.

DESCRIPTION
According to the Water Framework Directive (WFD), each EU Member State has to revise, until 2013, their previous analyses and update elements like:
a) an analysis of the characteristics of each river basin district;
b) a review of the impact of human activity on water and an economic analysis of water use;
c) a register of areas requiring special protection;
d) a survey of all bodies of water used for abstracting water for human consumption and producing more than 10 m³/day or serving more than 50 persons.
By 2015 all Member States have to thoroughly revise their already developed (and operational in 2012) management plans for each river basin district, taking account of the results of the analyses and studies carried out in the previous years.
The Project General Objective is to contribute to the detailed implementation of the Water Framework Directive, in a bottom-up manner, by working together with stakeholders in a selected River Basin, identify their problems, elaborate tailored solutions, align their policies and strategies, test cooperation capabilities.
The Project will expand the approach already tested in a heavily industrialized zone in a River basin, involving more than one EU and or associated Countries.
The main task of the project are:
? Sustainable Water Management in the selected River basin;
? Bottom-up identification and characterization of water resources, maximal, sustainable level of consumption possible, monitoring water quality and consumption network, biodiversity & habitat problems;
? Allocation keys for emergency situations (water resources limited by heavy winter, drought, and climate changes) will be developed;
? Identification of water flows that could be recycled (irrigation, domestic use);
? Setting up criteria for future business and residence development, taking into account the water resources;
? Option for improving the water management (good-housekeeping, short-term, long-term, cross border cooperation, etc.)
Problems to be solved and results:
1. Identify a Focal Zone (part of a River Basin substantially affected by industrial activities, irrational deforestation, other anthropic uncoordinated activities;
2. Identify stakeholders (major water consumers, water polluters, those using water for irrigation, fish-farming, communities, touristic facilities, etc.);
3. Evaluate the existing situations: interactively carry a SWOT and a DPSIR analysis in order to identify and classify all potential risks; refer to PAB and local managers to validate the results of these analyses; set-up a list of hot points (polluted areas, polluting sources, habitat risks, biodiversity problems, etc.;
4. Put in place a mechanism and associated protocols for creating and updating large databases containing relevant information about the climate, weather, stressors, water resources, pollution sources, habitat state, etc. in the focal zone; such databases will also integrate ?historical? knowledge about the focal zone (past environmental incidents, ?historical? polluting sources like former industrial platforms, landfill not complying to latest enviro. norms;
5. Carry out R&D work if need be in order to better assess and monitor water bodies, pollutant balances, carbon and water footprint of anthropic activities, biodiverstity, habitat status;
6. Carry out internal benchmarking and establish the best achieved performance of the water system. Support managers to identify and replicate the situations that led to that best performance;
7. Establish the exact structure and characteristics of the water system to be optimized (components, material balances, water quality analyses);
8. Build up mathematical models and scenarios for risk-based use of water resources; test, together with local experts, the validity of the model by analysing as many scenarios as possible, simulate past known situations, examine all potential risks impact;
9. Identify maximal water extraction rate from the environment (without jeopardizing the habitat, the landscape, the biodiversity); help local people convene upon allocation keys for the case of water scarcity; establish a procedure for conflict resolution, in case some of the water users will not be able to access all the water they need for their processes (e.g., establish a way to distribute the profit accumulated by some of the stakeholders to all the members of the water system, in a transparent and fair manner).

Technical Specifications / Specific technical requirements:
Funding Programme: FP7 ENV.2013.6.2-1 Water resources management under complex, multi-stressor conditions;
Call deadline: 16.10.2012;
Foreseen project duration: 36 months;
Tentative starting date: March 2013;
Deadline for partner search: 20.09.2012;
Total EU funding requested for the project (approximately): 3M?;
Coordinator of the project: The Romanian company.

ORGANISATION:
Asociatia Romana pentru Industria Electronica si Software

COUNTRY: Romania

DEADLINE: 16/10/2012

LIST OF KEYWORDS
TECHNOLOGY
Environment, Water Pollution / Treatment

MARKET

COLLABORATION
Joint further development

Comments :
- Type of partner sought: SME, research organizations or universities;

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Environment;

- Task to be performed by the partner sought: Partcipation in the joint project (please refer to Problems to be solved and results in Description field).


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