2013 Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions Palacio Pedralbes, Avenida Diagonal, 686, Barcelona, Spain

The 2013 Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions is
co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Secretariat of the
Union for the Mediterranean. The event is co-financed by the European Commission.
The Summit will focus on key challenges affecting the countries of the region, especially those that
are currently in a process of political, economic and social transition, and the role that civil society
can play in meeting those challenges. Therefore, this year special emphasis will be given to:

Macroeconomic policy and the employment challenge in the north and south of the Mediterranean region,
The economic and social situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region,
Mobility and migration: challenges and opportunities,
Water: a scarce resource in the Mediterranean region.

More information: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-euromed-summit-2013

OECD Programme on Water Governance

2nd Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative
7 – 8 November 2013
OECD Headquarters, Paris, France
Objectives of the OECD programme on water governance
As part of the OECD Horizontal Programme on Water, extensive work is being undertaken to help policymakers deal with critical water governance challenges, make specific water reforms happen, and improve the outcomes of water policies.
The OECD Water Governance Programme is dedicated to analysing multi-level governance and coordination challenges in the water sector, and providing countries with customized policy guidance accordingly.

more information http://www.oecd.org/environment/watergovernanceprogramme.htm

European Citizens’ Initiative on access to water reaches 1.8 million signatures

Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service:

First ECI to be submitted

Water is a human right” is the slogan of the first-ever European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to be formally submitted to the European Commission. Over 1.8 million EU citizens have signed this ECI, and the required minimum number of signatures has been reached in 13 countries. The organisers handed the collected signatures to national authorities on 10 September 2013, and expect them to validate the ECI after discounting invalid signatures.

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European Citizens’ Initiative The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) was introduced in the Lisbon Treaty, as a means to enable citizens to participate in the development of EU policies. An ECI must collect at least one million signatures within a year after registration, and must reach a minimum number of signatures in seven Member States.The collected signatures are validated by national authorities. Within three months after validation of the signatures, the…

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Water diplomacy

Water is already critical in peace/war equilibrium. It is interesting to note that in July the Council raised the point of water diplomacy.

The Council emphasises that countries, international organisations, regional and sub regional bodies should tackle water challenges through comprehensive responses taking into account
the close links with climate change, food security and energy, and bringing together a range of actions including through integrated water resource management at trans-boundary level.

Conclusion are accesible here:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/138253.pdf

 

 

Water Security for Better Lives | OECD READ edition

The OECD released a report on the ” critical issues surrounding water security (water shortage, water excess, inadequate water quality, the resilience of freshwater systems), providing a rationale for a risk-based approach and the management of trade-offs between water and other (sectoral and environmental) policies.”

http://www.oecd.org/environment/water-governments-must-deal-with-rising-risks.htm

“The report sets out a three-step process to “know”, “target” and “manage” water risks: (1) appraising the risks, (2) judging the tolerability and acceptability of risks and weighing risk-risk trade-offs, and (3) calibrating appropriate responses.”

Water Security for Better Lives | OECD READ edition.

via Water Security for Better Lives | OECD READ edition.

pleased to see the water-efficient technology are mentioned on page 76 as a way to use water more efficiently; interesting to note also the increase in the export of irrigation technologies of Israel in the past years. There is a booming market for this.

World Water Week: 70 million people connected to drinking water thanks to EU

The European Commission just released a press release on  the European Union (EU) financial support that helped more than 70 million people in developing countries gain access to drinking water and more than 24 million people to improved sanitation facilities.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-760_en.htm?locale=en

Transboundary water management: The Rogun Dam in Tajikistan

Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service:

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In more than 260 transboundary watercourses around the world, the closely linked issues of energy, water and agriculture cause difficulties. Tensions between energy-starved Tajikistan and cotton-producing Uzbekistan over the planned Rogun hydro-electric dam illustrate the continuing ‘water versus energy’ debate. At the same time, the scarcity of water resources in Central Asia is often caused by mismanagement.

The use of transboundary waters can be managed through international multilateral agreements, bilateral agreements or by international customary law.

The Rogun dam’s construction will have an impact on the economic development of the countries involved and the region’s environment, as well as on diplomatic and trade relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The European Union (EU) stresses the importance of regional cooperation on the issues of water, environment and energy in Central Asia. In this regard, the EU is supporting a project to enhance regional cooperation on Environment and…

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European Commission EIP Water Market Place live in beta version

The European Commission EIP Water Market Place  has been launched in beta version (does not seem to be working though right now).

“This Marketplace aims to facilitate matchmaking between water innovators, specifically linking demand with supply. It will serve as a single point of access for information on water innovation in Europe and across the world, and as a virtual meeting point and collaboration space for the European and global water innovation community.”

http://www.eip-water.eu/%E2%80%9Cmatchmaking-water-innovation%E2%80%9D-marketplace-online

 

Urban area and water

The second call of the JPI Urban Europe is open and water is listed as one of the subject. Feel free to consult

The aim of JPI Urban Europe is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive. Urban Europe focuses on how to:  Transform urban areas into centres of innovation and technology; Ensure social cohesion and integration; Reduce the ecological footprint and enhance climate neutrality; Take advantage of technological solutions and realize efficient and sustainable urban systems and networks (mobility, energy, water, ICT, etc.)

http://www.jpi-urbaneurope.eu/About/Progress/Second_Pilot_Call_open_now

Submission of a pre-proposal must be done by means of the FFG electronic submission system (https://ecall.ffg.at) before the deadline of the 18th of September 2013 12:00 CET. Submission of a full proposal must be done by means of the FFG electronic submission system (https://ecall.ffg.at) before the deadline of the 21st of January 2014 12:00 CET.

 

Priority substances in the field of water policy

The DIRECTIVE 2013/39/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL  of 12 August 2013 amending Directives 2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy has been published on 24 August in the EU official journal here  

Nothing relevant on water efficiency as such, more about the quality of water which is highly important though. However I like the ” (3) ..facilitate cheaper and more cost effective treatment, the development of innovative water treatment technologies could be stimulated” . Interesting to note also is (18) ‘Novel monitoring methods such as passive sampling and other tools show promise for future application, and their development should therefore be pursued.’  I would like to know more about the other tools, is it methods or technologies?

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