Water4Crops is one of the largest Euro-India collaborative projects co-funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the European Commission (under KBBE.2012.3.5-03: Biotechnological waste water treatments and reuse in agronomical systems) that will address the emerging, increasingly important issue for the world: “Water and wastewater reuse and management”. Water4Crops stands for “integrating bio-treated wastewater reuse and valorization with enhanced water use efficiency to support the Green Economy in Europe and India”. The project brings together an Indo-European consortium of 36 organizations [14 Indian and 22 European] belonging to research institutions, universities, large industries and SMEs.

ragab-utubeSALTMED 2015- An Integrated Management Tool for Water, Crop, Soil and N-Fertilizers – E-learning Tutorials via YouTube
Dr. R. Ragab, EU partner from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH, UK, has developed a very useful tool which helps in agriculture resources management as well as in predicting the impact of future climate change on food production and on the environment. The model has been supported by SALTMED, SAFIR, SWUP-MED and Water4Crops EU funded projects. For more info…

Wetlands for Water Treatment and Resource Recovery
July 24-29 2016 @ ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India

ICRISAT in collaboration with University of Florida is organising a Short Course on “Wetlands for Water Treatment and Resource Recovery”. Experts from University of Florida, Dr.K. Ramesh Reddy, Graduate Research Professor; Dr. Mark Clark, Associate Professor- Wetland Ecology. Expertise; Dr. Patrick Inglett, Associate Professor – Biogeochemistry and Dr. Kanika Inglett, Research Assistant Professor – Environmental Microbiology and other experts from India will deliver the lectures during this course.

Water4Crops EU-India Factsheet Booklet-An insight into the Project Outcomes
The factsheet booklet provides actual information on the objectives of each project partner, research findings, main results achieved and perceptions made especially at its Indian and European case study sites. The List of deliverables and scientific papers published are also collated in this issue. The objective of this booklet is to open the project to public and private stakeholders, diffusing our scientific research results with a problem-solving approach, and contemporarily stimulating a discussion with the enlarged audience of the end users by informing them on critical problems of waste water management. To read more please Download Factsheet Booklet

International Conference on Innovations in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems (ISWATS)
Event-Date: April 21-23, 2016, Pune India.

This conference is an international event attracting water professionals and organizations from across the world working towards sustainable water and wastewater treatment systems. The strategic objectives of the Conference are to exchange knowledge, technologies, guidelines and tools for implementation and operation among academia and public authorities, skilled service providers and SMEs, enabling research partnerships and creating favourable environments for the application of treatment systems and technologies for sustainable water / wastewater treatment, reuse and recycle. For more info…

Water4Crops ‘Training Workshop on SALTMED Management Tool’
Event-Date: Monday,12 October 2015 in Montpellier, France.

Within the framework of Water4crops project, the ‘SALTMED Training Workshop’ is hosted by IRSTEA, the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, France and will take place at SupAgro, Montpellier. The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Ragab Ragab from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK. He is also the Vice President & Chairman of the WG on Water & Crops at International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, ICID. The participation to the ‘SALTMED Workshop’ is free of charge and will be certified by a Certificate of Attendance. Deadline for registration is 25 September 2015. To download the Workshop flyer and software, more info…

ICID 2015, Montpellier, France
The conference “Innovate to improve irrigation performance” is organized by the French Association for Water, Irrigation and Drainage (AFEID), and held in the cycle of the
International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). The core objective is to provide analysis and to exchange experiences with a wide community of international irrigation experts. The conference will focus on innovations in irrigation that are promoted by decision-makers or initiated by local actors, and will analyse their drivers, their processes and results of adoption and adaptation, as well as their outputs and performance. For event details visit: http://icid2015.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en;   Call for Papers . Please note that the deadline for submission of Short Abstract is 31 March 2015

TECO “Technological Eco-Innovations for the Quality Control of Polluted Waters and Soils” is a new project funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) with the partnership of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI-India). The goal of TECO is to improve and promote collaborations between Europe and India in the field of environmental sustainability. The aim is to provide grants for the mobility of European researchers, engineers and experts who wish to spend a period up to three months in Indian research institutes or private companies to open new professional collaborations and to develop innovative ideas in the field of new technologies applied to the decontamination of waters and soils. For more information download TECO Press Release.

The first call for proposals will open on 15 July 2015. The deadline will be the 15 September 2015. The mobility program will start from January 2016. All information, contacts, guidelines and application form on the website www.tecoproject.eu

Water4Crops @ 7th EU-India Environment Forum 2015, 25th-26th February 2015, New Delhi, India
The Indian Government (Ministry of Environment and Forestry) and the European Commission organised the 7th European Union-India Environment Forum. The Forum allowed the European and Indian speakers to address challenges and discuss options for resource efficiency in the context of a circular economy with a specific focus on waste management.
On Thursday 26th February 2015, the European Union Delegation organised a conference on Resource Efficiency and the Circular Economy – Sharing Best Practice in the Waste and Water Sectors. Water4Crops EU partner, Ms. Annemarie Groot from Alterra Wageningen UR presented water4crops project and shared the technologies and ideas that are being developed under the project.
Download: Presentation | Programme schedule

Promising research results on Water4Crops presented at IFAT India 2014, Mumbai, October 9-10, 2014
Two sessions on Water4Crops took place at IFAT India 2014 at Hall 5, Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), in Mumbai on October 9 and 10, 2014.

The event focused on treatment of industrial wastewater, its reuse and valorisation to support Green Economy in Europe and India. High-profiled researchers from India and Europe presented promising ideas and technologies,which are under development for treatment of wastewater and irrigation technologies. Furthermore, the workshops provided an opportunity to learn about valorisation of wastewater and suitability of treated wastewater for agricultural use.
The event focused on treatment of industrial wastewater, its reuse and valorisation to support Green Economy in Europe and India. High-profiled researchers from India and Europe presented promising ideas and technologies,which are under development for treatment of wastewater and irrigation technologies. Furthermore, the workshops provided an opportunity to learn about valorisation of wastewater and suitability of treated wastewater for agricultural use. Read more on Water4Crops @ IFAT

IHMS-Integrated Hydrological Modelling System by Dr. R. Ragab, CEH, UK
A newly Integrated Hydrological Modelling System (IHMS) has been developed to study the impact of changes in climate, land use and water management on groundwater and seawater intrusion (SWI) into coastal areas. The system represents the combination of three models, which can, if required, be run separately. It has been designed to assess the combined impact of climate, land use and groundwater abstraction changes on river, drainage and groundwater flows, groundwater levels and, where appropriate, SWI. The approach is interdisciplinary and reflects an integrated water management approach. The system comprises three packages: the Distributed Catchment Scale Model (DiCaSM), MODFLOW (96 and 2000) and SWI models. Read more on the Integrated Hydrological Modelling

1st Indian INNOVA Platform Meeting on 28th May 2014 @ Bengaluru, India

On 28th May 2014, Water4Crops-India organized the 1st Indian INNOVA Meeting at the Capital Hotel in Bengaluru, India. The meeting brought together the Industry experts from CII(Confederation of Indian Industry), EBTC(European Business Technology Center), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Germany and EnviroTech Water Management Pvt. Ltd. in the field of wastewater treatment and water use efficiency. More info…

Water4Crops Workshop on SALTMED Management Tool on 29th May 2014 @ Bengaluru, India

Within the frame of Water4Crops project meeting, organized by ICRISAT, the SALTMED Workshop was successfully carried out with 22 participants on May 29th 2014 at the Capitol Hotel in Bengaluru, India. Dr. Ragab Ragab, CEH Wellington who is the developer of the SALTMED model, gave an overview about his model and instructions for installing the SALTMED software program on the laptops of the participants. More info…

Article: Building Efficient Irrigation Systems, Strategies and Improved Agronomic Practices, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. Jalgaon, India

The wastewater from industries varies so greatly in both flow and pollutional strength. So, it is impossible to assign fixed values to their constituents. In general, industrial wastewaters may contain suspended, colloidal and dissolved (mineral and organic) solids. In addition, they may be either excessively acid or alkaline and may contain high or low concentrations of coloured matter. More info…

Article: Developing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System as a Rural Business Model – ICRISAT, India

Use of wastewater in agriculture in rural as well as peri-urban areas in India is not uncommon. Almost 90% of total water supplied for domestic use generates wastewater which could be diverted for agriculture purpose. Safe use of wastewater could be a potential source of water in agriculture especially for vegetable growers in peri-urban areas. More info…