GLOBAQUA at the European Workshop on integrated assessment of the 2nd RBMPs

09 November 2018

Professor Nick Voulvoulis (IMPERIAL) participated as an invited external key speaker in a two day European  workshop on the integrated assessment of the 2nd River Basin Management Plans. The workshop is part of the on-going activities launched by the European Commission, DG Environment to support the Fitness Check (evaluation) of the Water Framework Directive and other water legislation, expected by mid-2019. The European workshop took place on November 6 & 7, 2018 in Brussels. Professor Voulvoulis' presentation is entitled "The EU Water Framework Directive: Policy Lessons from its Implementation in Europe".

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9th GLOBAQUA Steering Committee Meeting

22 October 2018

The 9th GLOBAQUA Steering Committee Meeting was held in Agadir (Morocco) on 4th October 2018. Progress and future plans were discussed.


Assessing citizens’ perceptions on ecosystem services

03 October 2018

The quality of freshwater ecosystems in Europe is threatened by the impact of a combination of multiple stressors. These stressors are, among others: climate change, drought, floods, land use, urban growth, water abstraction, invasive species, pathogens and pollutants. Nature provides us with services that support our society and economy, such as wood and other products from forests and rivers, purification of air and water, but also contributes to our well-being with access to nice areas, water sports, and cultural identity. These services are called “ecosystem services”. Policies to protect these ecosystem services and to enable the development of economic growth are needed. The main question GLOBAQUA contribute to address is  “What are citizens’ perceptions of ES values and the acceptability of programmes of measures within 6 river basins in Europe?”. Read more

GLOBAQUA at EDS conference

24 September 2018

Nick Voulvoulis (IMPERIAL) presented on the Conference "Desalination for the Environment: Clean Water and Energy: Science, Research, Innovation, Industry, Business" in Athens, Greece. The title of the presentation was "Evaluating desalination's sustainability under the ecosystems approach (three lessons)".

Special Issue STOTEN River Basin

07 September 2018

After four years of project, GLOBAQUA is publishing a second Special Issue that will be released soon in STOTEN with those contributions (among others) presented in the GLOBAQUA Workshop held in Barcelona, Spain, in November 2017. The workshop focused on chemical stressors, biological quality under multiple stressors, bridging chemical exposure with risks and modelling, monitoring and management, which are the main topics of the GLOBAQUA project and also of the STOTEN Special Issue. In this STOTEN Virtual Special Issue (A reconnaissance of trace organic compounds and metals in GLOBAQUA river basins: Effects on ecosystems and risk assessment), Damià Barceló is the overseeing guest editor, and Antoni Ginebreda and Marianne Köck are invited guest editors.

GLOBAQUA success story

07 September 2018

On Friday, July 6th 2018, Janja Vrzel successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Surface-Groundwater Interactions in the Ljubljansko Polje Aquifer System (Slovenia)” at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

4th GLOBAQUA annual meeting

18 April 2018

The 4th GLOBAQUA Annual meeting was held in Belgrade (Serbia) from the 16th to the 17th of April 2018. The whole consortium met to discuss the progress and the future plans.

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Check out our factsheets!

18 April 2018

GLOBAQUA factsheets are now available for policy makers and river basin managers interested in multiplestressor mechanisms in European freshwater systems and in bridging EU water policy and scientific results. They provide an effective summary of the activities performed and results obtained by GLOBAQUA with special attention to key outcomes and policy recommendations. All the factsheets have been merged together in a communicative brochure which will be presented at the final conference and distributed among stakeholders.

GLOBAQUA disembarks in Canada

16 April 2018

Damià Barceló (IDAEA-CSIC) is going to give a talk as invited speaker at the 7th Water Resources Engineering Graduate Student Research Symposium, which will be held at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) on 2 to 3 May 2018.

GLOBAQUA and the revision of the WFD

26 March 2018

IMPERIAL team is engaging actively with the councils involved in the revision of the WFD. For more information see the Exploratory note “Working on the Water Framework Directive” that shows the influence of GLOBAQUA in this revision.

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