Like in 2015, the Westland demosite for aquifer storage and recovery in combination with reverse osmosis (ASRO) still is a unique site to demonstrate, document, and evaluate this water innovation.
Plenty of scientists, policy makers and water users find their way to the site. For instance, a meeting was organised together with the Rabobank (financing most Dutch horticulturists) at September 16th. During this meeting interested agriculturists from the area visited the site for presentations on the technique, but also on interesting ways to finance this type of sustainable innovations. A delegation from Vietnam was welcomed on October 13th, while on October 24th delegates from the Gulf Cooperation Council visited the site to explore its potential for the Gulf States. Both regions suffer from saline groundwater and a lack of storage opportunities aboveground. These latter visits were arranged together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO).
From June 20th to 24th, the researchers Jordi Martín and Koen Zuurbier attended the 9th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR9) in Mexico City to present the results of the DESSIN project. Westland and Llobregat represented the two demo sites of the project focused on Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR).
With twenty-three attendants from across Europe, the DESSIN Ecosystem Services Evaluation Framework webinar was a success. The framework and a practical example of its application were presented by Gerardo Anzaldua (Ecologic Institute), who led the working group developing the framework, and Nadine Gerner (Emschergenossenschaft), who led the application of the framework on three case study sites. The webinar includes an ample Q&A session with an extended group of members from the framework development team and lasted over an hour. Find the webinar and the Power Point presentation for download here!
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Ronjon Chakrabarti from adelphi presented a DESSIN poster titled “Perspectives from Europe: Ecosystem services valuation for innovation promotion” at the end of August at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The poster was presented within the third session: “Ecosystem degradation and livelihoods. Moving from vicious to virtuous cycles” by ICIMOD, SIWI, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, WRC and We Effect.
Around 60 people attended the session where Ronjon Chakrabarti was able to give a short presentation about the ESS Evaluation Framework, which was received with great interest by the participants.
My name is Gerardo and I am a Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Berlin. I am a mechanical engineer and business administrator by training, and a policy analyst and consultant by doing. My research focuses on the economic aspects of water policy and the practical application of the ecosystem services approach. I also do consultancy work on business development for organizations creating technological innovations to enable the efficient and sustainable use of water resources.
Currently I lead activities in three European research projects involving innovation in the water sector (DESSIN, SWITCH-ON and BRIGAID) and I am member of the European Topic Centre on Inland Coastal and Marine waters (ETC-ICM), which supports the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its research and assessment of European waters. Click to read more
The DESSIN Ecosystem Services Framework – an innovative methodology for investments in the water sector
Framework developed to help decision-makers to make the best choice by evaluating the effects that innovative solutions have on freshwater ecosystems and their services.
The European research project DESSIN has developed a structured approach to measure changes in ecosystems services (the benefits humans obtain from ecosystems). With it, the project is bringing the concept of ecosystem services from theory to practice and using it to boost innovation in the water sector. The recently created “DESSIN ESS Evaluation Framework” supports decision-making and promotes the uptake of innovative solutions to water quality and water scarcity challenges in urban areas. It will also facilitate the integration of the ecosystem services concept into EU Water Framework Directive implementation. Click to read more
My name is Laura Ventura Termes and I was born in 1985. I have a degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations (PR) and Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. I started my professional career in the media, working in press (print and online newspapers and magazines), TV and radio for five years. After that, I developed my career in communications in a PR Agency and then joined Cetaqua’s Communication Department in 2012. Since then, I have been involved in several European projects and I support the corporate communication tasks, such as the website, the annual report and the production of other communication materials. In my spare time I collaborate with a local newspaper and practice sports: I ride horse (I practice dressage) and I recently started doing crossfit. I also have two beautiful and quite naughty dogs. Click to read more
The two demonstration technologies in the Emscher case focus on water quality issues. Aim is to decrease the amount and improve the quality of combined sewer overflow (CSO) into recipient rivers.
Five CSO facilities in the upper Emscher river section are now ready for implementation of the RTC system ADESBA. The function of the ADESBA communication software is the optimal utilization of the entire available underground storage volume. The final aim is to reduce pollutant input into streams by reducing the overflow frequency and volume from CSOs into streams. Click to read more
Software for the evaluation of groundwater and surface water interactions: Numerical model tool available
The available document reports the results of the numerical model developed to identify links between MAR and water related systems and to evaluate the impact of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in general, and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) in particular, on identified ecosystem services.
The numerical model has two main objectives: to evaluate the interactions between groundwater and surface water media and to become a tool to show the benefits of this technology to implementers. The first objective is approached simulating a typical deltaic aquifer and evaluating the results of different MAR configurations. The latter is done through a web page with the results of the transient simulation in video format. Click to read more
New result available: Assessment reversed osmosis membrane clogging by varying redox conditions of feedwater
Coastal areas are generally densely populated and marked by high freshwater demands. Due to the proximity of the sea these areas have to deal with saline water intrusions and salinization of groundwater. Therefore the availability of freshwater cannot always be guaranteed in these regions. Use of local ecosystems by aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) of temporary freshwater surpluses and reverse osmosis (RO) of brackish-saline groundwater are potential solutions for freshwater supply in coastal areas. Both techniques have their drawbacks. ASR in coastal aquifers is marked by freshwater losses by buoyancy effects in the saline groundwater, while RO is accompanied by a saline waste water stream. Click to read more