Présentations Colloques

    Oral Presentation
    Marco Petitta
    KINDRA Project- relevance for implementation of EU Water Directives
    At the end of the first year of activity, the performed activities by KINDRA project have been compared to identify their possible relevance for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and Groundwater Directive.**The KINDRA classification system (HRC-SYS) is based on the relationships of groundwater research and knowledge with the EC policies, by the immediate comparison of two technical categories (research topics and operational actions) with a modified version of the Societal Challenges identified by Horizon 2020. In addition, a set of performance indicators (classes of research knowledge, technology readiness level, grants, number of patents and awards received) is considered in the related inventory (EIGR).**The classification system allows a comparison of bibliometric and other indicators for each sub-field of research and knowledge, for trend and gap analysis to be conducted during the last stage of the project, taking into account the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The obtained results will be summarised or specifically rearranged, by suitable tools, to be used at EU level for Directive revisions, for the CIS River Basin Management Plans, for driving monitoring procedures and activities, as previewed by the recent strategic documents of EU. The identification of research gaps will give useful suggestions for the actualisation and continuous development of research and innovation agendas in line with WFD.**It also helps evaluate the relevance of groundwater research in relation to the objectives of the WFD GWD, group them by categories and evaluate Science-Policy feedback within water research, policy and management. Additionally, the integrated perspective of the WFD and GWD provides good possibilities for demonstrating the important links in the water-food-energy nexus, between surface and subsurface waters and dependent or associated terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Hence, it emphasizes the importance of groundwater in the hydrological cycle not only for drinking water and other legitimate uses but also for sustaining terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate where freshwater availability is under pressure.


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