BIOAZUL is an engineering company among water industry companies focusing on wastewater treatment and water reuse concepts. BIOAZUL provides water technology for companies through innovative technical and business solutions in the environmental, energy engineering and water fields by taking advantage of know-how and techniques acquired through extensive experience in a variety of industrial sectors and his highly qualified staff (1 engineer, 2 biologists and 2 chemists) with extensive experience in the treatment of specific wastewater and reuse processes (e.g. municipal, olive oil or paper industry, wineries).
FENACORE, the National Federation of the Irrigators Communities in Spain, is a non-profitable association, founded in 1955, which gathers water industry companies and organizations dedicated to water management for irrigation from surface or groundwater, with the aim of combining efforts and willingness to defend their legitimate interests and rights of water use. FENACORE works closely with Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. In the international framework, FENACORE is a founding member of the Euro- Mediterranean Irrigators Community (EIC), representing in Brussels to all member countries.
ASERSA (Spanish Association for Sustainable Water Reuse) is a professional, non-profit association which aims to promote the efficient use of water resources by incorporating water reclamation and reuse within current water resources management programs, as to achieve a sustainable environment. Furthermore, it works on develop and disseminate among potential users the scientific knowledge and the technological advances available promoting also institutional collaborations.
WEARE is the research group of Water, Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Cordoba (UCO). It focusses on agriculture, veterinary and natural resources management and it is also leader in agriculture research in Spain specialized in water-soil-plant and water cycle. Additionally, WEARE includes senior and junior researchers in Spain and other countries focusing in sustainable management and economic instruments for agriculture and resource economics.
The Technology Transfer Zentrum (TTZ) was founded in 1987 in Bremerhaven (Germany) as an independent non-profit organisation to serve as a practical oriented link between the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven and the regional economy. Today TTZ employs more than 50 highly skilled scientist and engineers, who are active in 6 fields of competence (Food Technology, Aquaculture & Water, Biomass, Analytics, Sensory Analysis, Process Technology). TTZ provides innovative technology transfer services and conducts customer-oriented training, research and development, making use of its worldwide partner network.
Abwasserverband Braunschweig (AVBS) is a water and soil association on the basis of the Water Association Law from 1991 and therefore a statutory corporation. At their high-tech wastewater treatment plant “Steinhof”, they use the latest technology to purify the waste water produced by the city of Braunschweig and a number of boroughs covered by the Gifhorn water board. The mechanically and biologically purified water is then subsequently used on agricultural areas belonging to their members.
ANETH S.A. (Development Agency of Thessaloniki) was founded in 1992 as an initiative of local organizations, institutions & government authorities. The company’s main objective is to contribute towards an integrated development of the prefecture of the Thessaloniki and the broader region of central Macedonia. Main priorities of the company are: development planning of rural areas, management of integrated development programmes, environmental protection and enhancement, technical support & assistance to Local and Regional Authorities, human resources development, integration & implementation of new technologies in local governance.
AUTH (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) is today the largest university in Greece, with about 42.000 "active" students. The main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki and it comprises 10 faculties, consisting of 44 departments, 5 independent departments, and branches located in surrounding cities. Research is developed in all fields of theoretical and applied science by all the schools and laboratories of the AUTH. In the last three-year-period, it has also collaborated with 1.700 partners (Universities, Research Centers and Companies) for the implementation of 3.500 Research and Technological Development RTD Projects.
AU, the Agricultural University of Plovdiv, was established in 1945, and from that moment on it has been involved in training highly skilled professionals. The major areas of research are the study, preservation and improvement of plant and animal genetic resources; crop production; animal breeding and husbandry; plant biotechnologies and genetic transformation; sustainable development; safety food production; agricultural development under market economy conditions; protection of the environment and natural resources; new advanced technologies in agricultural end-products.
CONFAGRICOLTORA is the most important collective organization of Farmers in Italy (a private confederation of associations of farmers with 41-million-euro total turnover), representing 60% of the Country’ territory, 70% of the Agrifood turnover, and 34 % of the Italian farmers. It acknowledges the leading role of agricultural entrepreneurs in the establishment and development of economic, technological and social aspects of Italian agriculture and agricultural businesses. It is actively involved in conciliation meetings between trade unions and the government.
UNITO (University of Turin) – Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Science is the Department that manage the school of Agriculture and Agrifood sciences. 120 people work in the department, that is among the top 3 agricultural engineering research centers in Italy. The logistics and sustainability group focus on sustainable agriculture, modelling and simulation of agricultural processes, logistics and ICT application for the exploitation of biomass value chains. There is waste management group that deals mainly with exploitation of agricultural waste in and residues the biogas plant.
CER (Canale Emiliano Romagnolo) is at the same time the main local agricultural water stakeholder (Emilia Romagna) and a private institute undertaking research on agricultural water management for the Emilia Romagna Region Government (Italy). The main fields of research that have been developed are: water reuse, irrigation scheduling aimed at the quality; development of irrigation management techniques with minimised environmental impact; parameters of plant growth, yield and product quality development; studies about the circulation of nutrient and plant protection additives in the ground and in the water; fertigation and chemigation; water treatments in constructed wetland at the farm scale; extension services support, etc.
MEKOROT Ltd, Israel's national water company, is a governmental company that was established in 1937. is responsible for the supply of water to more than 8 million residents of Israel. Mekorot’s water supply system comprises more than 800 pumping stations, over 1.200 wells, more than 2.400 pumps, over 10.500 km. of large-diameter pipes, 45 desalination plants and 13 wastewater purification centres and reclamation plant.
CONSULAI is a Portuguese advisory SME, with a focus on the agricultural, agroindustry and forestry sectors. In a scenario of population growth, accelerated technological development and climate change, the sectors of agri-food, agricultural and forestry production have strategic importance, creating unique opportunities. CONSULAI’s vision is to assume this role at the national and international level, as a company capable of developing relevant initiatives in research and collaborative innovation.
ECOFILAE is an independent consulting and training enterprise among water industry companies resolutely committed to developing solutions that will help unconventional water reuse projects. ECOFILAE is involved in different projects over the world dealing with different types of unconventional waters: domestic treated wastewater, food industry’s generated organic water or salty oil produced water. Related products & services include consulting, training and R&D in water reuse and land treatment system; management of salt, water and farmland; and diagnoses and environmental management, carbon footprint analysis.
FENAREG is the Portuguese Federation of Irrigation Associations. It was founded in 2005 and aims to promote the development of the irrigation sector providing knowledge and management tools to its associates. FENAREG also represents the water industry companies in the irrigation water sector in the national and international institutions concerned with water resources management for irrigation. It includes 28 Irrigation Associations with a total irrigated area of 134,750ha, representing 76% of public owned irrigation associations and 20% of all Portuguese irrigation area.
UCY (University of Cyprus) is a public corporate body and is the most prestigious educational/research Institution of Cyprus. UCY has a significant involvement in the implementation of European grants. Nireas International Water Research Center (Nireas-IWRC) is the first water research Centre in Cyprus and was established in 2011 with the objective to leverage scientific and engineering expertise, in order to tackle water-related issues (budget > 12 M €). The Center is very active in the research area of water and wastewater treatment, management and reuse.
ACC is the Agricultural Chamber of Cyprus and it aims to promote the scientific and technical research for the support of agricultural economy of Cyprus; to contribute together with farmers movement, the cooperative movement and other organizations to the solution of the agricultural problems; to substantially contribute to the development of policy matters for the harmonization of the Cyprus agriculture to the conditions prevailing in the European Union (EU); and to promote activities for the education and training of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Farmers for the development of the agricultural sector of the economy.
CECU (Confederation of Consumers and Users) is a democratic, plural and independent organization, formed by independent consumer associations from different regions of the country. As representative of the interests of consumers and users towards the public administrations the organization promotes and protects the legitimate rights of the consumers, coordinating the consumer movement at national and international levels, empowering consumer’s activities and exchanging relevant information. CECU carries out consumer information and education campaigns and it collaborates in institutional campaigns of national and European Community origin.
PSKW (Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt) is a practical research institute for greenhouse and field vegetables, fosters innovation in close contact with growers who decide on (semi) field trials and dissemination activities. The PSKW research group has developed key expertise in the fields of water, fertilisation, vegetable varieties, energy, climate management, IPM and biological control, cropping systems, cultural techniques, microbial and chemical food safety, automation and robotisation and waste management. The research topics are set up bottom-up in 9 crop specific technical committees with the participation of growers, research staff, the growers association, sales organisations and the government.