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Water, nutrients and waste

Policy, funding opportunities, jobs, projects, publications, databases

Why does research and innovation on water, nutrients and waste matter?

Agriculture and forestry heavily depend on the availability and quality of natural resources such as land, nutrients or water.

At the same time primary production impacts directly and indirectly on the integrity of these resources and contributes to their depletion.

Natural resources are under further pressure from increased environmental variations linked to climate change, to which agriculture in particular is also contributing.

The European Commission communication Closing the loop – an EU action plan for the circular economy lays the foundations of an economy where the value of resources is maintained for as long as possible, and the waste generation is minimised.

In agriculture, this translates mainly to the recycling of nutrients, the reuse of treated wastewater, or enhancing the value of waste in the context of the bioeconomy.

Research and innovation has a key role to play in developing solutions that will help strike a proper balance between productivity and environmental goals in agriculture and forestry.

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas.

Life programme

Some water, nutrients and waste related calls may be found in this programme.

Projects and results

Collaboration and jobs

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Scientific publications, tools and databases

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.