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Irrigants d’Europe’s contribution to the 5th Conference on innovation in the water sector (EIP Water EUWIC 2019)

Precision irrigation, water reuse, desalination, earth observation and new monitoring systems, but also implementation robotics, big data and blockchain: these are just some of the innovations that irrigated agriculture is ready to apply in the daily management of water to increase the sustainability of food production in the Mediterranean and European Union countries.

This is the contribution that Irrigants d’Europe(association promoted by ANBI and to which the corresponding organizations of Portugal, Spain and France join) led to the 5th Conference on innovation in the water sector (EIP Water EUWIC 2019), held in Zaragoza on a topic of extraordinary relevance “Accelerate the action to combat water pollution and improve EU preparedness for water-related climate change impacts ”. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the need and urgency to improve water resource management across the European Union for a “smart water” society, take stock of the main conclusions of the European Commission and promote the exchange between innovative approaches.

“This high-level event – comments Francesco Vincenzi, President of ANBI -it stimulates innovation thanks to the comparison between best practices at a technical, governance and political level.”

The National Association of Consortia for the Management and Protection of the Territory and Irrigated Water (ANBI) and the CER Consortium ( Canale Emiliano Romagnolo), an international excellence in the field of irrigation research – adds Massimo Gargano, General Director of ANBI – have actively participated in EIP Water, the European partnership for water resources, from the beginning, providing support to the community agricultural representation of Copa Cogeca.

“The challenge for irrigated agriculture is the integration of various innovative technologies and solutions, taking into account rapidly changing climate scenarios, community regulations and the framework of global markets – concludes Adriano Battilani, Secretary General of Irrigants d’Europe – Agricultural sustainability requires modern and effective infrastructure, as well as clear and long-term policies. The ongoing modernization process must be promoted, rather than constrained, in order to find opportunities to increase global water sustainability, enhancing the agricultural and environmental functions of irrigation, indispensable for the quality of food production in Mediterranean countries.”