Zeta Amaltea participates in FREEWAT (Horizon 2020, 2015-2017).
FREEWAT aims at promoting water resource management by simplifying the application of the Water Framework Directive and other EU water related Directives as many policy issues may be faced by using state-of-art ICT tools.
FREEWAT main result will be an open source and free GIS integrated modelling environment for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module.
Specific objectives of the FREEWAT project are:
– to coordinate previous EU and national funded research to integrate existing software modules for water management in a single environment into the GIS based FREEWAT;
– to support the FREEWAT application in an innovative participatory approach gathering technical staff and relevant stakeholders (in primis policy and decision makers) in designing scenarios for the proper application of water policies.
The FREEWAT Consortium is constituted by 17 partners from 10 European countries (Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Estonia, Romania, Malta, Czech Republic, Slovenia) plus Turkey and Ukraine. UNESCO international organization is also member of the partnership. The consortium is composed of a broad spectrum of research, private companies and authority institutions, including 6 SMEs, 2 authorities, 5 universities, 2 research institutes, 1 not-for-profit research and International training centre and 1 International organisation.
FREEWAT will initiate a process aimed at filling the gap between EU and US on widespread-standardised ICT tools and models for management of water quantity and quality and will set a well recognisable and flagship initiative. The open source characteristics of the platform allow to consider this an initiative “ad includendum” (looking for inclusion of other entities), as further research institutions, private developers etc. may contribute to the platform development.
Through creating a common environment among water research/professionals, policy makers and implementers, FREEWAT main impact will be on enhancing science- and participatory approach and evidence-based decision making in water resource management, hence producing relevant and appropriate outcomes for policy implementation.
Zeta Amaltea will conduct one of the FREEWAT case studies. We will apply the FREEWAT tools to support Nitrates Directive implementation in a region declared as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. We will simulate the effects of current agricultural practices on nitrate diffuse contamination of water.
The application of FREEWAT tools in our case study should reveal the efficacy of the currently considered “Good Practices Code”, as well as the measures taken from Nitrates Directive implementation in the zone. the case study results will be dissemintaed among relevant stakeholders, through a participative process.