IMPREX presented at the JPI Water 2017 Exploratory Workshop in Dublin 2nd - 3rd November 2017

By Maria-Helena Ramos (Irstea)

About 50 participants contributed to the 2017 JPI Water Exploratory Workshop, locally organised by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland. The aim of the workshop was to further elaborate the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) needs identified in the Water JPI strategy (SRIA) Theme 1 (Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being).

The workshop was organised around breakout sessions and plenary discussions, which opened room for talks given by invited experts, discussions with stakeholders (end-users, policy makers and industry), and a collective identification of knowledge gaps and RDI needs (emerging needs) for further elaboration of the JPI Water SRIA (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda).

IMPREX was invited to present its aims and mid-term achievements during a breakout session dedicated to “Managing the Effects of Hydro-climatic Extreme Events”, chaired by Dr. Jens Christian Refsgaard from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. In this breakout session, the focus was on how climate services meet with nature-based services or ecosystems services.

After presenting an overview of IMPREX's main goals for “actionable research”, and some examples of outputs concerning current sectoral interests and main drivers for improving forecast skill of meteorological and hydrological extremes and their impacts, IMPREX partner Maria-Helena Ramos from Irstea emphasised some potential links to JPI Water themes, including, the needs for further research on water services (data and risk outlook) for mapping the complexity of interactions and dependencies in the real world / decision-making contexts, and  for tailoring climate services to local needs, fostering innovation and competitiveness (as stimulator for opportunities) in the water industry.

Plenary discussions evolved around issues such as the main climate drivers for ecosystem services, multi hazards and cascading events, limits of adaptability (impact data), multi-level uncertainty and solutions to climate change adaptation, assessing ecosystem services and understanding their resilience, multi-sectoral processes for water management of extreme events, and on how to increase the involvement of the economic sector for the valuation of ecosystems services.

Some future research needs were identified concerning, for instance, multi-risk management of hydroclimate extremes, integrated river basin management and participatory approaches, ecologic flows and environmental impacts of extreme events, ecosystems resilience and tipping pints.

A full report of the meeting will be soon available through the JPI Water website.

the JPI Water 2017 Exploratory Workshop in Dublin 2nd - 3rd November 2017

What is JPI Water?

“Joint Programming” was developed by the European Commission (EC) in 2008, as a means to advancing the formation and realisation of the European Research Area (ERA). The Water JPI, entitled “Water Challenges for a Changing World”, was launched in 2010. It aims to provide a platform for the production of science-based knowledge to support EU policies and identify problems, feasible technical and managerial solutions for today’s water challenges.

Water JPI and Horizon 2020 work together to achieve their goals and share synergies in their research priorities. JPI Water has a specific Task force to prepare feedback or contributions to the EC on the contents of the Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 SC5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials).

There is currently an open call on the topic “Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, with the 1st stage deadline for submission of pre-proposals set to 11 December 2017, 17h00 (CET).

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