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Now available the Hungarian Layman’s Report

The Layman’s Report of Hungary provides a detailed introduction of the regional sub-project including the brief description of the South East Europe Programme and the EU.WATER project. Beside the summary of the regional characteristics (environment, quantity and quality of waters and water use, surface waters and groundwaters) the report includes two main parts: agricultural water use including fish pond management and the development of an integrated regional GIS database. Agricultural water use is described in details (including irrigation, legal frames and institutional frames) then followed by structured conclusions and recommendations. Read more...

The fish pond management chapter emphasizes the importance of fish ponds and provides a strategic assessment of fish pond water management as well as highlights the existing problems and challenges. Introducing the development directions and objectives, the report analyses the feasibility of developments and possible financial sources to achieve the goals.

One of the most important results of the Hungarian pilot project is the formulation of an integrated GIS database aiming to support the work and decision of farmers, technicians and agricultural decision makers. The database includes information on agricultural water use and nutrient management. The integrated database is available online ( and through GIS applications. Map layers were collected, produced and the WEB-GIS was formulated. Finally, further development opportunities of the integrated GIS database are included.

Application and use of economic incentives: ISPIF launches the GREEN BOOK

ISPIF Bucharest, after a deep review carried out in the Southern Europe, publishes a brief overview on current policies to help reduce water consumption and nitrates pollution in the SEE area, including a review on the application and use of economic incentives and financial tools to help reduce water consumption and nitrates pollution by the farmers. The Green Book contains also some recommendations for policy makers in order to design and implement economic incentives and financial tools in agriculture to help reduce water consumption and nitrates pollution.

Romanian Layman’s Report

Being part of the EU.WATER project deliverables, the Romanian Layman’s Report drafted by I.N.C.D.I.F – ISPIF Bucharest is designed to inform in sufficient detail the unaware public, about the general goals of this water project and about the ways envisaged to achieve these goals. Concrete information is provided with reference to the Romanian project pilot area i.e. Arges-Vedea river basin, where soil vulnerability to nitrogen losses, suitable water-efficient irrigation methods, agri-practices aimed at preserving soil moisture content deriving from precipitations and a few more water saving and nitrate pollution prevention methods have been proposed and partially tested. With a foreword by the project director Mr. Marco Meggiolaro, the report is fairly comprehensible even for non-professionals of the water field and includes relevant photos illustrating project activities and precious practical recommendations for farmers and technicians directly involved in agricultural activities.

Istria towards the application of the WFD and EU Nitrate Directive: the Layman’s report now available

In order to disseminate the achieved expected impact and results of the project EU.WATER, the Croatian Layman’s report presents same important information regarding the whole project, Nitrate Directive and water optimization in terms of irrigation in Croatia. Today's agricultural policy of the European Union pays exceptional attention to nature conservation and the environment. The need for quality food and clean water is increasing every day. For this purpose, Croatian agriculture policy started to point out measures-Good Agriculture Practice to encourage farmers for the entry in European Union on 1 July 2013.

“A sustainable and high-quality Agriculture”: download the Italian publication

“A sustainable and high-quality Agriculture”: elements supporting the application of the Nitrate Directive in the Provinces of Ferrara and Rovigo”. This is the title of the brand new publication focused on the results achieved by the two Italian partners of EU.WATER project. The book presents how EU.WATER was generated and contains a synthesis of the studies, researches and innovative practical actions developed in the Po river basin that can integrate the regional planning strategies of for the integrated management of nitrate in rural areas, on the basis of a wide scientific horizon and developed according to a transnational approach. Enjoy the reading.

IAE Serbia publishes its Layman’s Report

Layman’s Report represents the synthesis of the overall job carried out by IAE Belgrade in EU.WATER project. The report consists of five chapters: the first represents EUWATER project goals, describes the target area, the key actions and indicators. In the second chapter it presents a synthesis of results of the Regional Report. Also in this part, it presents and explains the generation process of GIS maps of the pilot areas, that are addressed at measuring the degree of vulnerability to water stress phenomena. The third part explains the vulnerability maps. Special emphasis is placed at the vulnerability points, explaining the causes. In the fourth section, the report explains how the EU.WATER transnational strategy will be implemented in the pilot area of the City of Pancevo. The fifth part reports the conclusions by the IAE project team. You can download the Serbian Layman’s Report here.

EU.WATER says goodbye to SEE Programme with its final publications

“Launching a South East Europe partnership for agricultural innovation”. This was the “message in the bottle” delivered by EU.WATER project at the international final conference, organized in Budapest on 24th of April 2012. The conference has focused on the high valuable results achieved by EU.WATER in the last 3 years and put forward new perspectives for an agricultural innovation partnership of the South East Europe in the frame of the next EU Programming 2014-2020 and the Common Agricultural Practice reform. The 5th and final international newsletter reports the main project conclusions and the partnerships’ vision to the future.

The international final publication of EU.WATER now published

EU.WATER, in its three implementation years, has produced studies, researches and innovative practical actions that can integrate and upgrade the regional planning tools and the strategies to reduce the pollution from fertilizers and improve the irrigation systems on the basis of a wide scientific horizon. The final international e-book contains the most relevant outcomes of the research and experimentations carried out in the 8 pilot areas and the EU.WATER joint recommendations for an environmental friendly agriculture in the SEE area.

Results of the Greek Pilot Action

The pilot action in Greece is an application of a Decision Support System (DSS) to support water-use and eco-friendly decision process in agricultural production planning. The Decision Support System (DSS) is a Computer system which includes models and a set of relational databases. The DSS is an important planning tool enabling the regional authorities to design sustainable agricultural policies for the region. The implementation of a DSS optimizes the farm plan of the pilot area taking into account the available resources (land, labour, capital) and environmental parameters (nitrate reduction, water consumption etc). The DSS is further used to simulate different scenarios and policies due to changes on different social, economic and environmental parameters (e.g. different levels of chemicals or water consumption per crop). DSS also supports spatial development planning process, facilitates the decision-making process and assists farmers and decision makers in choosing the best (economic, social or environmental) alternative solution.
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EU.WATER final conference in Budapest on 24th April

EU.WATER is approaching the end. All SEE policy-makers, agronomists, environmentalists and rural stakeholders are invited to participate at the final conference to be held in Budapest on 24th April. The conference will focus on the high valuable results achieved by EU.WATER in the last 3 years and will highlights new perspectives for an agricultural innovation partnership of the South East Europe in the frame of the next EU Programming 2014-2020 and the Common Agricultural Practice reform. Download the program and join us in Budapest!

Odessa Technical University publishes the local handbook

The Ukrainian local handbook focuses on the results achieved in the Odessa Region, with particular attention on the vulnerability maps and the recommendations to streamline a water friendly agriculture in rural and environmental regional policies

6th Scientific and Technical Partnership Forum – Steering Committee meeting – Bucharest (Romania)

EU.WATER partnership gathers in a snowy Bucharest to attend the final Technical Forum before the project conclusion, scheduled in April 2012. After the message by Valeriu TABARA, Romanian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the hosting partner National Institute of Research-Development for Land Reclamation I.N.C.D.I.F – ISPIF welcomed the delegations by reminding the expected EU.WATER results in Romania, which are the implementation of the provisions of EU Directives (Water Frame and Nitrates) in rural areas of the Arges-Vedea river basin, where agriculture currently relies on traditional practices, most of which belong to a subsistence type of farming and the application of the National level Integrated Support System for the Monitoring, Control and Decision Reaching, designed to achieve a reduction of the loads of pollutants coming from agricultural sources that reach surface and underground waters.
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Fourth EU.WATER international newsletter published

EU.WATER, after having investigated the water stress challenges related to nitrate pollution and optimization of irrigation systems in eight high representative rural communities in SEE area, proposes a regional answer for the Southern Europe coherent with the Europe 2020 Strategy and the orientations for “the Common Agricultural Policy towards 2020”, that highlights innovation as being indispensable to preparing EU agriculture for the future. The transnational strategy is briefly presented in this newsletter

147 stakeholders participated in the first local workshop in Ferrara

Great success for the first meeting of the LIN (Local Implementation Network) organized by the Province of Ferrara on November 24th, 2011. More than 140 people – among them farmers, technicians and policy-makers – attended the conference during which the results of the pilot action carried out by the Province of Ferrara, with the scientific support of the local University PARCAGRI, were explained to the local community of stakeholders.
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Third EU.WATER international newsletter published

Following the delivery of the vulnerability maps that measure the water stress factors detected in every rural pilot regions and the current analysis of the codes of good agricultural practices traditionally implemented by farmers and technicians in every areas, EU.WATER partnership is now focused on the definition of a Transnational Strategy for the Integrated Water Management in Agriculture that represents the roadmap to transfer across South East Europe knowledge and patters for a (economic and ecologic) sustainable and scientific agriculture in line with EU standards (WFD and Nitrate Directive). All information and much more is contained in the third international newsletter of EU.WATER project.

EU.WATER broadcasted on Ukrainian TV

Great attention by Ukrainian MEDIA towards EU.WATER project. Two reports have been broadcasted on the main Ukrainian TV channel on 13th of October 2011 beside the EU.WATER scientific forum organized in Odessa. Marco Meggiolaro, project manager, Giuseppe Castaldelli, scientific project coordinator and Valery Lebed, responsible of EU.WATER project for the Odessa National Polytechnic University were interviewed by journalists on the main objectives of the project and the expected impacts for the Odessa regional administration. Click here to watch the interview 1 and the interview 2

5th Scientific and Technical Partnership Forum – Steering Committee meeting - Odessa (Ukraine)

Odessa National Polytechnic University (ONPU), the Ukrainian partner of EU.WATER, will organize the 5th Steering Committee meeting on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of October 2011 at its premises. On Friday, 14th of October, ONPU will host the 5th Scientific and Technical Forum of the EU.WATER project where the participants will discuss the intermediate results of the pilot actions and the first part of the common ‘Transnational Strategy for the Integrated Water Management in Agriculture (TSIWMA)’ related to water optimization. The participants will also make a quick introduction to the analysis of the agronomical technical similarities and differences in nitrate management among partner countries and set the basis for the development of the second part of the TSIWMA strategy, e.g. efficient nitrate management.
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Province of Rovigo shows the pilot action to 300 stakeholders in Veneto

On 13th of May 2011 the Province of Rovigo presented in Mogliano Veneto (Treviso Province) in Diana Farm (Veneto Region estate) the results of the pilot action developed in the frame of EU.WATER project. The field demonstration of driven barrel equipped with cultivators with straight tines allows sidedress cattle slurry between corn rows. This activity took place during the 2nd “Field Day” of the project “Riducareflui” (reduction of pollution load from livestock waste generated in the drainage basin of Venice lagoon); the “Riducareflui” project has been financed by Veneto Region.

Transnational capacity building on water monitoring in Ferrara (Italy) - (July 2011)

From 11th to 18th July the Province of Ferrara, with the technical support of CFR (Ferrara Research Centre) organizes a transnational intensive seminar to reinforce the general capacities of administrations from Serbia, Croatia, Moldova and Ukraine in water and environmental monitoring procedures, to better address local and regional policy planning for agricultural and water-related issues. for each partner interested, there will be an evaluation, by a team of experts, of the state of achievement of the EU.WATER results achieved so far, according to the criticalities registered. Then, the capacity building and training will focus on critical aspects identified in the use of GIS mapping technology, sampling of aquifers and surface water (on-the-field training carried out in the Ferrara pilot test rural area) and – finally - chemical and LAB analysis on the main nitrogen analytes with particular reference to the necessary equipment.
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Romania delivers the first and second local newsletters - (June 2011)

The first and second number of the Romanian e-newsletters now available. In these number you can find information about the description of the results gained by the Romanian team and the planning of activities related to the pilot action in Ares-Vedea basin.
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4th Scientific and Technical Partnership Forum organized in Rovigo (Italy) - (May 2011)

The Province of Ferrara, Italian partner of EU.WATER, organized the fourth Scientific and Technical Forum in Rovigo on 19th and 20th May 2010. After the opening speech of the Councilor of Economic Activities, the team focused on the presentation of the final results of the vulnerability maps to nitrates in the pilot areas and discussed over the Transnational Strategy for Integrated Water Management in Agriculture.

180 participants at the first cycle of trainings in Pancevo City (Serbia) - (February 2011)

Between December 2010 and February 2011 the Institute for Agricultural Economics of Beograd, in cooperation with the institute “Tamiš” from Pancevo, organized the first cycle of trainings in Pancevo City and in 12 local communities belonging to the Serbian pilot area actually under investigation in EU.WATER project. The great success of the initiatives is witnessed by the extremely high number of participants, around 180!

Local newsletters gather the impact of EU.WATER in the project pilot regions (February 2011)

EU.WATER is stepping into the crucial phase of applying the researches on fertilizers’ vulnerability and water rationalization in the project rural areas. The implementation of pilot actions, together with the elaboration of one joint international strategy for water management in agriculture, is supported by continuous local consultation processes at regional level, where policymakers, farmers and agronomist provide input to the project teams to merge new scientific drivers with the traditional codes of good practices. Local newsletters are part of a larger information campaigns carried on in every EU.WATER partners’ regions. The second issues of the February newsletters from Italy and Ukraine are now available on EU.WATER project website – section “local newsletters”

Fourth Partnership Forum in Rovigo (Italy) to be held 19th and 20th of May 2011

The Fourth Partnership Forum in Rovigo (Italy) will be devoted to analyse the results of the vulnerability maps in the perspective of the elaboration of one joint international strategy for water management in agriculture. One half day field-visit is scheduled during the forum. The programme of the meeting shortly available here.

Now available the 2nd number of EU.WATER international newsletter (December 2010)

EU.WATER project has now reached its halfway point: the second number of the international newsletter updates SEE readers with the most important activities performed to date and midterm results that will lead to the development of the ambitious Transnational Strategy for the Integrated Water Management in Agriculture in the SEE cooperation space.


Moreover, in the current focus article we brief on the EU’s new growth strategy - Europe 2020 - approved by the EC on June 17, 2010 that along with the ongoing reforming process of the Common Agriculture Policy, is extremely important for the definition of the EU.WATER integrated management methodology of water resources in the SEE agriculture areas. Additionally, from the present newsletter we report on how Croatia and Serbia are approaching EU adhesion on rural environmental topics, while Ukraine and Moldova are getting closer to EU water management standards in agriculture. Enjoy the reading!

1st working table within the Italian Local Implementation Network (LIN) organized in Arquà Polesine (Rovigo) (Nov. 2010)


Open days in Brussels, (4-7 October 2010)

Since 2003, the OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities, has become an annual key event at which cities and regions to showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs, implementing European Union cohesion policy, and proof the importance of the local level for good European governance.
The OPEN DAYS was held for the eighth time in Brussels between 4 and 7 October 2010. Again, around 100 seminars, workshops or debates plus exhibitions and networking opportunities were taken place, organised in partnership with regions and cities from all over Europe, and including contributions by companies, banks and international associations and academic organisations. To download the programme go to:

Regional reports delivered (Sep. 2010)

Five regional reports from Italy, Greece, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia delivered by the partnership so far. The regional reports provide data concerning the available information, on soil characteristics, agricultural practices and water management conditions in the partners’ target areas.

SEE Annual Conference 2010 (Sep. 2010)

The SEE Annual Conference 2010 will take place on 21-22 September in Thessaloniki, Greece and aims to be the key territorial cooperation event of the year in South East Europe area. The conference will provide the right environment to discuss the future of cooperation in the area, as well as to stimulate the development of relevant and innovative projects in South East Europe.
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European Commission monitoring mission in Serbia (July 2010)

In July 2010 the European Commission implemented the external Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) to the EU.WATER IPA Partner - Institute of Agricultural Economics (IAE) in order to determine the progress of the Project and its overall performance, in the frame of projects and programmes of the EC External Cooperation in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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University of Aristotle study visit in Ferrara (June 2010)

In June 2010, the University of Aristotle University, leader of the work package “knowledge capitalization” visited the TECNOPOLO - spin-off of the University of Ferrara and lead partners’ technical advisor – to finalize the methodology that supports the development of the GIS maps showing water management sprawl in agricultural areas. The collected maps will highlight issues, such as the water saving and water protection in agricultural regions from nitrates and other agriculture-related parameters, that will contribute at the transnational strategy and drive the development of targeted-interventions in the project pilot areas.

1st working table within the Hungarian Local Implementation Network (LIN) (June 2010)

The first LIN’s seminar addressed to the local stakeholders of the Hungarian pilot area – Tisza River basin – Hajdu-Bihar County was held in June 2010.

EU.WATER 1st e-newsletter (May 2010)

The first International e-newsletter of the EU.WATER project is now available.

Upcoming events

Third Partnership Forum in Budapest to be held 20th and 21st of October

EU.WATER 3rd Scientific & Technical Partnership Forum in Budapest will take place in Budapest on next 20th and 21st of October, organised by the University of Debrecen. Crucial issues of the Forum will be the discussion over Common standards to upgrade existing maps addressed to highlight water sensitive areas in agriculture and a shared roadmap to address the Transnational Strategy for the Integrated Water Management in Agriculture.
The agenda will be available soon.