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Collaboration with other networks and initiatives

The scientific competences of EurAqua are highly recognised in Europe. Thanks to its expertise, EurAqua has been invited to collaborate with other scientific partners and initiatives. This collaboration is made through the provision of scientific/ policy advice, projects setting, or knowledge transfer/ dissemination.

What follows is a summary of current collaborations:

- JPI “Water Challenges for a Changing World".
The Water JPI is an inter-governmental initiative launched in 2011 whose primary aim is to reinforce collaboration amongst Member States in order to tackle common water challenges. This collaboration has resulted so far in the development of a common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), the launch of calls for projects, knowledge hubs, etc.

EurAqua is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group .

- PEER "Partnership for European Environmental Research".
The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) and EurAqua have several fields of interest in common. There are also close institutional links between the two networks: Five out of the seven PEER members are also members of EurAqua.

PEER and EurAqua decided to intensify their collaboration in order to further benefit from potential synergies and complementarities. This is essential especially for the relations with the European Commission, DG Research, DG Environment, The Joint Research Centre (JRC), The European Environment Agency (EEA) and other international bodies in the field of Environment. This was formalised in a Letter of Intent in which they agreed to:

  • Share expertise and resources in cooperative research and development activities and their applications, as well as in prospective activities and scientific brainstorming;
  • Participate in knowledge transfer through cooperative demonstration projects, short courses and symposia;
  • Encourage the exchange of research personnel between their institutes;
  • Report on collaborative research in the manner agreed for each specific project.

The collaboration is coordinated by a Coordination Committee consisting of both chairs and secretaries and up to two selected experts from each network.

- Water Europe
Several EurAqua members are members of the Water Europe Technology Platform - formerly, the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP). At the EurAqua Board meeting in April 2012 the decision was taken that WssTP is a permanent invited guest to the Management Board meetings of EurAqua.

- EU Water Alliance. This is an "ad-hoc" network of umbrella organisations (Aqua Europa, EWP, Water Europe, EurEau, EurAqua, ACQUEAU, EWA and NetwercH20). One of the most recent outcomes of Water Europe-EurAqua collaboration is the draft of a proposal for a partnership instrument "Water4All" within the frame of Horizon Europe.

 

Finally, EurAqua is an observer to a number of initiatives:

  • Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the WFD
  • JPI Water Challenges (Stakeholder Advisory Group)
  • Rhine Commission
  • In preparation / informal: HelCom; Europe-Inbo; MenBo; ICPDR