The workshop is jointly organised by WssTP, the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform and Copa-Cogeca, representing European farmers and their agri-cooperatives.
The aim of this workshop is to have a broad debate on how to unlock the potential of improved water management in the agricultural sector. It will bring together representatives from the water industry, science and the agricultural sector to share their knowledge on innovative solutions and how to apply them in practice.
The main objective is to share recent technological developments and new management tools with participants, which can enable farmers to further improve water management in agriculture. This will lead to a more efficient use of water and contribute to achieving a good ecological status for European water bodies.
In particular, the event will provide an opportunity to conclude an expression of commitment to form an Action Group on “Water & Irrigated agriculture Resilient Europe (WIRE)” under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. This will bring together existing expertise and identify opportunities to work together for the benefit of the farming community and water industries.
In the EC Communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources” (COM(2012)673) published on 14th November 2013, it is stated that the EU will pay particular attention to the allocation and use of water in economic sectors, sustainable agriculture and the nexus water-agriculture-energy-environment. The Blueprint contains a number of proposals for actions aiming to fulfil the Water Framework Directive objective of achieving a good status for all surface and ground water in the EU.
The intention of the Innovation Partnerships on Water and on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability is to help find solutions to water challenges in the agricultural sector. It is stated that this will both achieve environmental objectives and create market opportunities.
The EIP Water recently adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), stating that Action Groups will be core to the implementation.
An expression of commitment to form an Action Group must be submitted by 4th April 2013 at the latest.
For further information see: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/blueprint/index_en.htm
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