WaterWorks 2015

Core Theme 4: Adaptation to Climate Change

Instrument: ERA-NET Cofund

Full title: ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2015

Start-end date: 2015-2015

WaterWorks 2015 is a collaboration of JPI Water and FACCE-JPI

Combatting water shortages and pollution

Water pollution is a worldwide challenge, and agriculture plays a major role in it. Enormous amounts of nutrients, herbicides, organic matter, drug residues and sediments that come from farms, yearly end up in surface waters.

A second challenge is the excessive amount of water that farms require. Irrigation accounts for nearly 70 percent of the world's freshwater withdrawals, which is increasingly problematic in countries that suffer from droughts.

Efficient irrigation

To help regions to improve water use efficiency, and simultaneously reduce water pollution, FACCE-JPI and JPI Water have initiated the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2015, a programme that funds 21 projects in which researchers from different Europeans regions are collaborating.

For example, some research groups are now jointly evaluating more economical irrigation techniques such as drip irrigation, others are working on software applications that can keep farmers informed about soil moisture, plant growth and weather forecasting, so that they do not irrigate unnecessarily. Others improve the use efficiency of water and nutrients in continuous arable farming and mixed farming rotations of cereals with grass.

Riparian buffer strips

To mitigate water pollution, the researchers of WaterWorks2015 evaluate techniques such as constructed wetlands and riparian buffer strips (shores planted with hedges or trees).

They also improve the monitoring of water quality, as well as the model studies that can estimate the costs and benefits of interventions. Integrating social and economic dimensions into the management and governance, and jointly developing knowledge with stakeholders, are important goals of the projects too.

WaterWorks 2015 (over 21 million euro’s) is funded by 25 national and regional funding organisations from 22 countries, and co-funded by the European Commission.


More actions
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Impacts on climate change - Improving scenario studies
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No more waste in the new bioeconomy
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Nutrition security requires a system approach
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Improving policy interventions to ensure food and nutrition security
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Precision agriculture requires co-creation in networks
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Novel techniques in crop breeding and livestock
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Improving agricultural soil management
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Adaption of agriculture systems
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Need for improved crop quality and yield with resource-use efficient practices
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Combatting water shortages and pollution
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Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
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Translation of key scientific results into possible policy and practice options or other outputs
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Development of options for sustainable intensification of European crop and livestock systems
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Monitoring and mitigating of greenhouse gases
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Mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gases
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State-of-the-art technologies for mapping and soil sampling
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Improving food security through urban farms