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Specific Programme 1 ‘Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area’ (SP1)

Priority 8 – Horizontal Activities
SP1-10 - Specific Measures in Support of International Cooperation (INCO)
STREPs/CAs - 13 September 2005
SSAs - 7 September 2005

  • A. Developing Countries
    A. 1.2 Public Heath Systems with particular emphasis on ‘basic sanitation aspects and prevention of hygiene deficiencies in health care management…’
    (STREPS and CAs)

    A. 2 Rational use of natural resources

    A 2.3 Managing arid and semi-arid ecosystems - STREP and CAs
    (ii) Sustainable, integrated water resource management (IWRM) at river-basin scale should address such dimensions as: increasing use efficiency, particularly in irrigated agriculture; agroforestry, increasing recycling and re-use for tree growing, (peri-urban plantations etc), including innovative multi-purpose utilisation requiring integrated management attentive to quantity and quality aspects; control of sediment load, erosion, flash floods, control of private use, pollution and water logging; water supply/resource management at basin level in order to meet competing demands including up-stream and down-stream effects in relation to peri-urban areas and groundwater management in terms of quantity, quality and change in water table. Policy scenarios should address interdependencies beyond physical water (virtual water) and pay explicit attention to gender roles.

    A. 3.2.1 Development of desirable traits of food plants focussed on tolerance to abiotic stress, in particular tolerance to drought/heat/salinity
    (STREPS and CAs)

  • B. Mediterranean Partner Countries
    B.1 Environment with strong emphasis on water management issues relevant to the Initiative

  • D. Russia and the other New Independent States
    D.1 Environmental protection with emphasis on water
Further information and documentation is available from the CORDIS Calls Service


Thematic Priority 6.3 – Global Change and Ecosystems

Topics of the Specific work programme:

  • II.3.2.1 Hydrology and climate processes.
    Climate change has a profound impact on the components of the water cycle; very relevant research challenges still exist with regard to climate change modelling to make them compatible for river basin or catchment management. There is a need to develop downscaling methods and improved modelling approaches to translate the results of global and regional climate change modelling studies to hydrological studies at spatial and temporal scales relevant for water management, and to develop up-scaling methods for water cycle parameters and related data assimilation techniques. Forecasting of climate change impacts on hydrology should give special attention to possible changes in frequency and severity of droughts and floods and on the development of forecasting technologies and systems. The research will focus on climate modelling at catchment and regional scale as well as on climate variability, floods and drought.

  • II.3.2.2 Ecological impact of global change, soil functioning and water quality
    Global change can exert severe impacts on the ecology of aquatic and wetland ecosystems, on the filter and transport functions of soils and on water quality. Assessments of these changes requires a better understanding of the consequences of major hydrological changes, to identify and quantify the key biogeochemical processes and to predict the consequences of global change at different scales. The integrated management of soil-water systems requires a detailed understanding of the properties and the functional role of soils, and the behaviour and fate of pollutants, in order to allow the development of risk-based management approaches. The research will focus on impacts of global change on the ecology of surface water bodies, and on water-soil system functioning and management.

  • II.3.2.3 Integrated management strategies and mitigation technologies
    Research will focus on the development of integrated approaches and tools for water-soil resources management in the context of global change – with its different components of climate change, land use change, other anthropogenic drivers, etc. - and integrated vulnerability assessments, taking also into consideration socio-economic and technological aspects of water use. Research will focus on the catchment scale, on the specific aspects of integrated urban water management and mitigation technologies as well as on the management of scarce water resources and mitigation technologies. Emphasis has to be placed on developing flexible adaptation strategies to change, in order to decrease vulnerabilities. This will require specific technological development, particularly for matching with longer drought periods and with more intense rainfall events, especially in urban areas.

  • II.3.2.4 Scenarios of water demand and availability.
    With the aim of defining a sustainable development framework and to provide to policy-makers instruments in support of policy choices, more advanced analytical tools have to be worked out in order to define more realistic medium- and long-term scenarios of water demand and availability at a wide regional level. The research will concentrate on the development of scenarios for Europe and neighbouring countries.

  • IX. Specific Support Actions - Technology Platform on Water Supply and Sanitation.
    The scope of the TP will be to define a strategic research agenda and an action plan on water supply and sanitation, with the objective of strengthening European industry competitiveness in the growing world market. The SSA should aim at supporting the organisational structure of the TP. This action derives from the adoption of the Environmental Technology Action Plan (COM(2004) 38 final). This action should also be linked to the EU Water Initiative.

Further information and documentation is available from the CORDIS Calls Service


Water Facility:
Co-financing water and sanitation actions with the ACP-EU WATER FACILITY IN ACP COUNTRIES
Call deadline 17 January 2005

The ACP-EU Water Facility is directed towards achievement of the MDGs and WSSD targets, within the framework of the EU Water Initiative.
The development of the Water Facility is linked as far as Africa is concerned to the work carried out under the relevant components of the EU Water Initiative, in particular on water and sanitation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), as well as on the cross-cutting issues of finance, research, and monitoring/reporting .
Dialogues and activities taking place at national and river basin levels constitute an important framework to mobilize potential applicants to generate sound proposals for the Water Facility.
Research capacity building is considered among the eligible topics and also reflected among the award criteria.
For more information about the call open now for application until 31 January 2005, go directly to the AIDCO website at
(select "FED/BUDGET" from the drop-down, tick status "open", type "grants", all regions and countries and submit query).