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Be active in projects!Opportunities to improve water management
Valencia, 25 August 2009
Juan Manuel Revuelta Pérez
Valencian Regional Office in Brussels
Outline of the presentation
WHO ARE WE?
Valencian Region: located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain part of the so-called Mediterranean Arch, one of the fastest economic growth rates in the EU
Growth in Regonal Gross Domestic Product (2000-2005)
Growth of employed population (2000-2005)
Increase in migratory balance (1995-2004)
a macroeconomic outlook (1)
economis sectors disribution
Construction doubles the % of the EU-25
Decrease of the traditional industrial sectors
farming land Valencian Community
Natural protected areas
The protected surface area in the Valencian Community is threefold that of the EU-25
a. Who are we?
PERMANENT STRUCTURES FOR EU PROJECTS
1989 Opening of the first Valencian Office in Brussels
1999Local pilot project: valenciainnova.info
Nov 2003: New regional approach
How to cope with entering Objective 2 (Competitiveness) in2007
65% less on EU funding
Globalization and risks for local enterprises
Creation of the Fundación Comunidad Valenciana Región Europea
Exit of Objective 1 in a structured way communicating civil society challenges
Creation of a strategy post Objective 1
Prepare civil society for the change: communication & training
2006 November: Europe INNOVA conference
2007 Facing our Objective 1 Entry into Objective 2
November 2007: Most Innovative region AWARD AER
2009 XX Anniversary of the Valencian Office in Brussels
Convergence towards the competitiveness objective:
FUNDACIÓN COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA – REGIÓN EUROPEA
A new instrument for the Valencian Region
Strategic tool: Public Private Partnership (PPP)
Energy companies Saving banks Chambers of commerce Universities
Regional and local administrations
FCVREFundación Comunidad Valenciana – Región Europea
Fundación Comunidad Valenciana – Región Europea www.uegva.info
FUNDING OF THE VALENCIAN REGIONAL OFFICE IN BRUSSELS
HHRR: PERMANENT STAFF AND TRAINNEES EVOLUTION
Countries of origin of our staff
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
2003 - 2007
FOR EACH EURO INVESTED IN THE FCVRE
FROM THE EU
THE VALENCIAN REGION
a. Who are we?
INVOLVED IN WATER
Competences shared by the Administrations:
Central state competence on the River basin authorities: Júcar (80% of the Valencian territory), Segura (15%) and Ebro (5%)
Regional competences on irrigation, distribution and sanitation.
Municipal competences on urban water.
Territory in situation of water scarcity
Recurrence of severe draughts and violent floods.
Several actions planned by the different Administrations.
High agricultural demand: 80% for irrigation use
High level of organization of the users
Cooperation with Europe
President Camps Ortiz, reporter in the Committee of the Regions
European networks: AER, CRPM, Wateregio.
Opinion CDR 313/2007 adopted by majority the 10th April 2008
Role of the Local and Regional Authorities.
List of key issues e.g. climate change.
Subsidiarity, cooperation and solidarity.
Wide consultation process.
More than 60 contributions in plenary, 80% accepted and negotiated by the reporter.
FIRST MAJOR MEDITERRANEAN INPUT IN EU WATER POLICY
AER Working Group on water
Intermed CommissionConference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
Intermed group on water
European network for water
Innovative projects to improve water competence
Regional co-operation in water scarcity
Partners engaged with water
Región de Murcia
With the support of:
REGION OF EASTERN MACEDONIA AND THRACE
REGION OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA
WATEREGIO: A platform for water projects
EU projects should address problems at European level far beyond the specific interests of a Member State
The proposed solution must have a direct impact at the European level
Participants must be located in a Member State or in an Associated State (3 usually is the minimum threshold and 5 can be a good compromise). Participation of third countries is welcome when international dimension is requested
Transnational & innovative approach, risk.
Obj. 1: Convergence : 251.2 Bi €
Sustainable and integrated Economical development and employment
Obj. 2: Competitiveness and employment : 49.1 Bi €
Sustainable development, growth and jobs
Obj. 3: Territorial Cooperation : 7.8 Bi €
Cross border, transnational and interregional activities and for the reinforcement of regional policies
Cross border (5.6 Bi €):
Interreg IVA: Support local activities, help to “erase” borders.
Transnational (1.6 Bi €):
Interreg IVB: Cooperation within 13 geographical zones.
Interregional (0.45 Bi €) – 27 MS + 2
Interreg IVC: Cooperation between regions
Urbact II: Exchange and learning for cities
Interact II: Good governance of territorial cooperation
Espon II: Analyse of trends development in the EU
Total budget: more than 250. 000 000 €
ERDF contribution for each project: from € 300.000 to 2 millon
Duration of the project: 36 months
Deadline: 1st quarter of 2010
New services: green banking, consultancy
New processes: cleaner production
New business and management methods: labelling, eco-management
« All forms of innovation reducing environmental impacts and/or optimising the use of resources »
Pilot and market replication projects
Support the first applications and market uptake of innovative technologies and practices
Aim at bridging the gap between Research & Development and commercialisation
Cover market oriented activities, with a strong emphasis on SMEs
To be run by the European Agency of Competitiveness and Innovation in close cooperation with DG Environment
Deadline: 10th September 2009
Materials recycling Includes eco-friendly design
Food & drink sector Including Improved efficiency water management processes that reduce the use of water across the food & drink supply chain;
Building & construction Innovative water systems including water saving, re-use of natural waters, rainwater collection and re-use, green roofs.
Green business and ‘smart’ purchasing Including Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy, innovative EMAS.
New period LIFE+ 2007-2013
In his first year of application, the Valencian Region represents 18% of total approved projects in Spain: 1.686.138,00€ for 2007 - 4 projects leaded by the Valencian Region
Period LIFE 1992-2006
Valencian Region leaded the EU LIFE projects
A total of 21.110.812 € have been allocated to invest in innovation and environment
Examples of best projects in life publications: ECOBUS, URBANBAT, RESITEX
Responsible for LIFE + Programme in FCVRE: Laura Bas email@example.com
Life+ 2009 Call
Deadline: 15th September 2009
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
What is FP7?
FP7 is a key tool to respond to Europe's needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy.
Budget of over € 50 billion for the period (2007-2013)
Who can apply?
FP7 is open to a wide range of organisations and individuals: SME, Universities, postgraduate students, international organisations…
4 parts: COOPERATION, IDEAS, PEOPLE, CAPACITIES and NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Programme ENPI CBC- “MediterraneanSea Basin”
Project threshold:€ 2.000.000 to € 5.000.000
4 minimum including at least 1 EU Mediterranean Country and 1 Mediterranean Partner Country
Call for proposals:
Proposed by the local actors organized in cross-border partnerships, following the calls for proposals.
Total budget: 32 million €, 9’6 Mo € for environment
Project threshold: €500.000 to €2.000.000
3 minimum, 1 from EU country and 1 from the other side of the Mediterranean
Call for proposals OPEN: May 2009
Joint Monitoring Authority
Joint Technical Secretariat
PROJECT EXAMPLES & IDEAS
BEST LIFE-ENVIRONMENT PROJECTS 2004-2005
System of withdrawal and recycling of vegetable oils of domestic use for its reutilization as biocombustible in the public fleet of buses in the municipality of Valencia
Municipal Company of Transport Of Valencia: Leader Of The Project
IDAE (Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving)
UPV (Polytechnic University of Valencia)
FENEBUS (National Passenger Road Transport Federation)
FEVET (Valencian Federation of Tourist and Environmental Businesses)
National Association of Urban Collective Transport (Atuc)
Regional Minister for Environment
Valencian City Council
LIFE - Environment
Integral management model for the liquid waste generated by the fleet of buses of the municipal transport company in the city of Valencia
Budget: € 1,720,000
EC contribution: 48%
Duration: 1 /12/ 2003 – 30 /11/ 2006
Integrated management model of liquid wastes in the surface treatment industry through BAT’s. Best Available Technologies assessment for galvanic sector concerning air, water and soil emissions in the framework of Directive 96/61/EC IPPC.
Community contribution: 50%
Recovery of a priority habitat 7210 Calcareous fens with Cladium mariscusand species of the Caricion davallianaein l'Albufera natural Park
The ullals are points of emergence of fresh water, that support specific and valuable communities but are very vulnerable.
The ullals host some of the most endangered species of the Albufera, including the endemic fish Valentia hispanica.
Samaruc (Valentia hispanica)
Carricerín Real (Agrocephalus melanopogon)
RECYCLED WATER GENERATOR MODULE
INUNDA – FLOOD PREVENTION 2
Catastrophic flood in Valencia, 1956
Project INUNDA lasted 30 months – budget 781.659 €
INTEGRATED WATER PLANNING IN COASTAL AREAS
Torrevieja, Alicante, copes with heavy human pressure and is partially supplied by a controversial desalation plant
e. Let’s discuss again on Friday!
PROJECT FORUM CORNER
d. Let’s discuss again on Friday!
The participants are invited to contribute with their projec ideas.
Project forum corner - Friday 28th 14:30-16:30
LET’S WORK TOGETHER!
Thank you very much for your attention
Juan Manuel Revuelta
Fundación ComunidadValenciana – RegiónEuropea