Project name WATER footprint sustainability Assessment to improve the integrated management Capacity of water in central Europe regions (WATERACE)
Objective Objective 3.1
Priority Natural and cultural resources
Aim The project WATERACE, aimed at improving the integrated water management capacities of the public sector and related entities in Central Europe Regions, tackles the challenge of water availability (good quantity and quality) to promote, conserve and protect natural water resources. The EU, within its Territorial Agenda 2020, has recognized the relevance of water resources, which are considered to be a joint asset and a fundamental pre-requisite for economic and social progress of European regions; within its Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) several territorial challenges are identified to affect water availability:
• Water droughts and scarcity;
• Water Flooding;
• Water quality degradation;
Such issues are particularly relevant in all the Central Europe regions.
The project idea is to adopt a comprehensive approach in water management through adaptation of tools based on the Water Footprint Sustainability method. These will be used to identify water related hotspots and water flows inside/outside the regions. Sustainable effective strategies and action plans will be developed to solve the water related problems and therefore allowing for a smart water management and planning of the regions involved in the project.
Considering the above territorial challenges and European water policy and directives that adopt an innovative approach in managing water, the project partners identified this Central Europe call to be the perfect opportunity to perform the WATERACE project.
Results Planned activities:

• adaptation and implementation of water footprint sustainability tools at regional level,
• pilot application and public bodies capacity building in 4 regions: Lower Silesia (PL), Veneto Region (IT), Tisza Valley (HU) and XXX,
• transfer of the tools at macroregional level for supporting policies and strategies.
Expected results:
• A wide diffusion and adoption of water footprint sustainability assessment tools;
• An increased capacity of public actors and related entities in defining sustainable strategies and plans related to water;
• A better understanding by the public of policies and regulations that results in increased resilience to climate change;
• An increased awareness on water related issues among stakeholders.
Cost The initial estimate of the total project cost is 2 to 2.5 Million €, depending on the number of partners.
Duration 36 months
Partners involved • Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (Poland),
• Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padua (Italy),
• REKK (Hungary),
Partners requested • regional bodies with direct capacity to influence policies and actions related to water,
• water management authorities,
• producer and consumer groups with substantial water usage in regions
Innovation Innovative water footprint sustainability assessment approach will be applied to improve the integrated management capacities of the public sector at regional level by taking into account three aspects of water use: environmental, economic and social. No experience of this type has been identified in Central Europe regions.
Follow up of It is no direct follow up project but we will capitalize on URBAN_WFTP project implemented through CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-2013 Programme by incorporating the achievements/experience of Urban Water Footprint Labs.
Follow up fundings