SuWaNu Europe

Network for effective knowledge transfer on safe and economic wastewater reuse in agriculture in Europe-SuWaNu Europe

 

Program at a glance

Funding Agency: H2020

Program Period: 2019-2021

Project Acronym: SuWaNu Europe

Project Name: ‘Network for effective knowledge transfer on safe and economic wastewater reuse in agriculture in Europe’.

Chair of the project: Antonia María Lorenzo López

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Abstract

 

Reclaimed water has a strong potential for complementing conventional water resources. According to the European Commission communication “Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy” (COM(2015)0614): “in addition to water-efficiency measures, the reuse of treated wastewater in safe and cost-effective conditions is a valuable but underused means of increasing water supply and alleviating pressure on over-exploited water resources in the EU”. Water reuse is especially relevant in agriculture as this is one of the main water consumers, having additional benefits for farmers: lower cost compared to other solutions (e.g. desalination), reliability of supply regardless of season, climatic conditions and associated water restrictions, and nutrients contribution of the treated wastewater that can supplement or replace conventional fertilizers. Based on the results of a previous EU project called SuWaNu whose main result was to set research driven clusters in the field of water reuse in 5 target countries: Malta, Spain, Germany, Greece and Bulgaria, SuWaNu Europe is intended to bridge the current innovation gaps and achieve an effective implementation of reuse solutions in agriculture. SuWaNu Europe will extend the geographical coverage of its predecessor and will summarize, share and present existing and upcoming knowledge and skills in the field of water reuse in agriculture to the relevant stakeholders such as farmers and farming advisory groups. SuWaNu Europe will also create regional working groups for the development of action plans. These action plans will set strategies at regional level with the objective of boosting innovation in the agricultural and water sectors, improving best practice development and identifying the most appropriate channels to reach stakeholders. In addition to this, dissemination and training will create the capacity and competencies needed to implement these results.

 

 

 

Consortium

  1. Bioazul S. L. (Spain)
  2. Federacion Nacional de Comunidades de Regantes (Spain)
  3. Asociación Española de Reutilización Sostenible del Agua (ASERSA) (Spain)
  4. Universidad de Cordoba (Spain)
  5. Verein zur Förderung des Technologietransfers an der Hochschule Bremerhaven e. V (Germany)
  6. Abwasserverband Braunschweig (Germany)
  7. Development agency of thessaloniki s.a. (Greece)
  8. Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Greece)
  9. Agraren Universitet of plovdiv (Bulgaria)
  10. Confederazione Generale dell Agricoltura Italiana (Italy)
  11. Universita degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
  12. Canale Emiliano Romagnolo (Italy)
  13. MEKOROT water company limited (Israel)
  14. CONSULAI-Consultoria Agro Industriatrial IDA (Portugal)
  15. FENAREG-Federacao Nacional de Regantes de Portugal (Portugal)
  16. University of cyprus (Cyprus)
  17. Agricultural Chamber of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  18. Ecofilae (France)
  19. Confederación (de ámbito estatal) de Consumidores y Usuarios (Spain)
  20. Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (Belgium)

 

Objectives

The general objectiveof SuWaNu Europe is to promote the effective exchange of knowledge, experience and skills between practitioners and relevant actors of water reuse in agriculture, so that direct applicable technological and organizational solutions are widely and balanced disseminated all around Europe resulting in a more resilient agricultural sector to cope with water scarcity and climate change effects.