Out of the 500 million euros invested in Europe each year to finance public research and innovation in water-related fields, more than half of these investments are borne by the member states. The European Union only contributes 130 million euros. This type of funding favours the creation of fragmented research teams and redundant projects. The Water Joint Programming Initiative was launched in December 2011 in order to better coordinate research initiatives by different European countries.
The WatEUr project has just been launched to support this initiative and define a strategic research agenda. Amongst the 17 project partners, Irstea is playing a leading role by actively participating in 3 out of 6 workshops for which the first meetings were held on 6 February in Madrid.
Stay tuned for more news on this project.