JRC News

  1. 7 Oct 2013

    Examples and strategies for a successful choice and combination of agricultural measures to implement the 2000 Water Framework Directive (WFD) – which commits EU Member States to achieving good status of all water bodies by 2015 – are provided in the JRC's recently published report 'River Basin Network on Water Framework Directive and Agriculture'. Within the framework of the WFD's Common Implementation Strategy, the Pilot Rivers Basins network, coordinated by the JRC, was set up to provide feedback on practical implementation issues.

  2. 3 Mar 2015

    A JRC-organised session on coastal and marine ecosystem services generated a lot of interest and positive feedback from the participants at last month’s annual Association of the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO) 2015 meeting in Granada, Spain.

     

    This year’s ASLO meeting, the theme of which was “Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives — North Meets South”, was attended by more than 5 000 scientists from all over the world.

     

  3. 4 Dec 2014

    A recently published article, led by the JRC, reviews the impacts of invasive alien marine species on ecosystem services and biodiversity in Europe. The review identifies 86 alien marine species, within 13 phyla, which have significant (negative and/or positive) impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity in European seas. It classifies the type of impact, comments on the methods applied for assessing the impact and the related inferential strength, and reports on information gaps.

     

  4. 20 Mar 2014

    By releasing the certified reference material ERM®-CD200, the JRC is providing a tailored quality control tool for laboratories measuring elements in seaweed or similar matrices; a means to control measurements in the frame of the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). The material could also be used in assessing compliance of harvested seaweed for use in food and feed with the limits of contaminants given in Directive 2002/32/EC (amended by 1275/2013/EC).

  5. 16 May 2013

    A high-level event in Bratislava, co-organised by the European Commission and the Government of the Slovak Republic, today launched six scientific clusters to support economic development in the Danube Region. The six clusters will focus on: water; land & soil; bio-energy; air; data exchange & harmonisation; and smart specialisation.  They will provide scientific evidence to support the Danube Strategy, and will also serve to foster scientific cooperation across the region. The launch event today was attended amongst others by the Slovak Prime Minister H.E. Robert Fico and the Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič.

  6. 8 Jul 2014

    The JRC recently published the results of a co-authored study on the risks posed by chemical pollutant mixtures in the environment. This work is part of the first EU-wide campaign to test the use of biological based assay (bioassays) for assessing water quality in Europe, following the recommendations of the communication of the European Commission on the effects of chemicals (COM(2012) 252), calling for a greater effort to understand and assess the risks associated with chemical mixtures.

  7. 13 Mar 2015

    A recently published JRC report describes a methodological framework for the biophysical assessment and economic valuation of water ecosystem services in Europe.

    The methodology aims to help understand how multiple pressures can affect the delivery and value of such services. It is flexible, can be applied at different scales/locations and is easy to follow, presenting the basic concepts and assumptions to be established before the analysis, and a ‘shopping bag’ of appropriate tools to assess and value ecosystem services.

  8. 24 Sep 2014

    On 15 and 16 September 2014, the JRC welcomed a distinguished group of Brazilian and European water management experts and decision makers to a very successful and informative workshop entitled ‘Adaptive Water Management facing Climate Change: Comparing Brazilian and European Experiences’.

     

  9. 23 Jul 2014

    The JRC and the Cyprus Institute hosted an official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to further strengthen the collaboration of the JRC with Cyprus. The MoU specifies advancing science, technology and innovation in fields of mutual interest including environment, climate change, energy, water and technological advances and standardisation in cultural heritage preservation.

  10. 8 Apr 2014

    IES scientists have recently published an article that highlights the value of models in exploring mitigation options to reduce nitrogen in water from agricultural sources, and to support the implementation of measures in Member States.

    Nitrogen pollution, caused by excess nitrogen in water, is a widespread, costly and challenging environmental problem.