Section 2 Call 2019 - Multi-topic

Basic Information

In a context of increased population and water demand, expectations of increased aridity and salinity due to climate change, and raising environmental standards, Mediterranean water balances and thus, water used for irrigation and the irrigation performance must be close to optimum. However, a wide gap extends between actual water balances and optimum irrigation performance in terms of surface water ecological flow or groundwater levels to be abstracted for irrigation, irrigation efficiency, irrigation economic efficiency, social inequalities water and soil pollution and energy for pumping. This gap concerns both individual farmers and their water users associations. Irrigation is by far the largest water consumer in the Mediterranean basin. Therefore, bridging the water balances optimal management and irrigation performance gap in all its dimensions will lead to progress in sustainable water use and water levels protection in Mediterranean aquifers and rivers.

Network PRIMA
Aim of the joint call In the Mediterranean basin, water balances and water used for irrigation including irrigation performance is often lower than potential at the farm and at the water users association level. This gap is evident for average performance, but it is particularly important when the dispersion among farmers and their associations is considered. Attaining Sustainable Mediterranean irrigation requires to assess the real water balances in the area of irrigation, amount of water available for irrigation ensuring that water levels are environmentally safe for ecosystems and other needs. Furthermore, optimising irrigation performance requires to combine technological, managerial and governance innovations taking into account the availability, safety and quality of water resources, existing institutional arrangements, as well as crop agronomy planning.
Type of joint call Two Stages - Call with pre-proposals and full proposals submissions
Launch date 17/12/2018
Deadline Pre-Proposal 21/02/2019 Submitted proposal: n/a
Deadline Full-Proposal 04/09/2019 Submitted proposal: n/a
Evaluation End Date n/a Successful proposal: n/a Proposals funded: n/a
Is call co-funded? No
Call follow up funding n/a
Call reasons n/a
Research fields
  • Environment
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries
Type of research n/a
Target groups n/a
Participating networks n/a