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Building bridges: Facilitating water information exchange conference

3rd and 4th December 2012, Brussels, Belgium

This December, Brussels is hosting a conference on facilitating water information between science, policy and industry. The two-day event is being organised jointly by two projects funded by the European Commission: STEP-WISE and STREAM. The aim of the conference is to present concrete instruments to facilitate the dialogue between researchers, politicians and research-users and to draft a road map for efficient Science-Policy-Industry interfacing.

While considerable resources have been invested into water research, results of European projects and programs do not always achieve their maximum impact in terms of reaching all relevant actors. STEP-WISE and STREAM aim to tackle the water research awareness gap by improving communication and dissemination between researchers and policy makers. To achieve this, the projects are focusing on developing tools such as the Water Knowledge Portal, policy seminars, eLearning, Summer Schools, webinars, interviews, and many more.

Water and the European Green Capital Award

One of the criteria examined by the European Green Capital judging panel is water consumption. Efficient, effective water management is fundamental to a Green city. The city that is chosen as the European Green Capital will be a city that demonstrates a well-established record of achieving high environmental standards and is committed to achieving ongoing and ambitious goals for future environmental improvement and sustainable development.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital has an ambitious objective of reducing domestic water consumption to below 100 liters per capita per day. Today the water consumption in Vitoria-Gasteiz has decreased steadily from 1999 to 2009. Water-related investments have been made within the context of the Agenda 21 environmental action plan for improved water supply, to reduce losses, work towards sustainable consumption and improve water quality. A citizen’s information office on water consumption and efficiency has also been set up.

For more information on the event click here.

For more information on the European Commission supported STREAM project click here.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here