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Research collaboration within EU (WssTP)

Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) was initiated by the European Commission in 2004 for Research and Technology Development in the water industry and became a legal and official European entity in 2007.

Working with a diverse and fragmented setting, the WssTP aims to develop an effective collaboration between the different communities working in the water sector. It aims to provide strategic answers for the water research future challenges.

WssTP consists of 153 members and a network of more than 700 individuals from Industry, research, technology providers, policy makers and water users. WssTP represents a key mechanism to further coordinate research, demonstration and pilot projects in the water sector.

Pilot programmes

Six pilot programmes have been defined by WssTP embracing key challenges from generic research and enabling technology development, prototype development and piloting, up to demonstration cases, each with a different area in focus. Each pilot addresses a major challenge to water in Europe in relation to the Strategic Research Agenda of WssTP:

Pilot 1: Mitigation of water stress in coastal areas

Promoting integrated water resources management to increase the coastal zone areas value chain

Pilot 2: Sustainable water management in and around urban areas

Enhancing urban water services through efficient water management

Pilot 3: Sustainable water management and agriculture

Making the best of innovation for an integrated water management in agriculture

Pilot 4: Sustainable water management for industry

Promoting a sustainable management of water in all industries

Pilot 5. Rehabilitation of degraded water zones (surface and groundwater)

Stimulating ecological processes and systems for an environmental water management

Pilot 6: Adaptation to hydro-climatic extremes (droughts and floods)

Managing risks and adapting water management to extreme events