Sustainable Water Treatment and Nutrient Reuse Options

Policy Strategy

Policy strategy cluster

Research based clusters working in the development of Joint Action Plan including a transnational research strategy to drive economic development by promoting the appropriate research policy frame in the field of wastewater and nutrient reuse.

One of the main weaknesses affecting European industrial and research structure is the lack of coordination between countries and different levels of the research and technological development activities, as well as programs and strategies. In order to tackle these problems, SuWaNu will enforce the integration of regional SMEs and research institutions into regional policy development in order to foster innovative research for wastewater treatment and reuse processes in Europe.

SuWaNu will analyze current policy issues supporting wastewater reuse as a resource and in turn, reinforce better designs for such policies through guidance reports, which will be providing solutions for regional policy makers and public authorities in terms of wastewater reuse, as well as improving related policies in existing clusters from other European region.

As foundation work for this objective, existing regional and national related policies and legislations, their evolution and their impact on each region will be reviewed under the following aspects:

  • National and Regional existing legal and political barriers on wastewater reuse and on research development
  • Existing regional and national policies which support RTDs activities and SMEs market penetration in the sector of wastewater treatment and reuse

In addition, potential synergies with the research measures funded under the Cohesion Policy will be explored. Authorities of SuWaNu get in touch with the managing authorities in their regions for exploring cross-border and trans-national operational programs. In this manner, SuWaNu will increase the transnational cooperation amongst RTDs as well among regional authorities at the European level.

Based on this work developed, the consortium will define Joint Action Plans (JAP) for trans-regional cluster consolidation, expressing the strategy to drive policy-supported economic development through research and technological development activities.