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Integrating Bio-Treated Wastewater Reuse with Enhanced Water Use Efficiency to Support the Green Economy in EU and India

Water4Crops is one of the largest Euro-India collaborative projects co-funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the European Commission that will address the emerging, increasingly important issue for the world: “Water and wastewater reuse and management”.

Water4Crops stands for “integrating bio-treated wastewater reuse and valorization with enhanced water use efficiency to support the Green Economy in Europe and India”. The project brings together an Indo-European consortium of 36 organizations [14 Indian and 22 European] belonging to research institutions, universities, large industries and SMEs.

The collaborative project is aimed at finding solutions for emerging water, energy and related problems for achieving sustainable development in Europe and India. Water4Crops is executed as twin projects ‘Water4Crops-EU’ and ‘Water4Crops-India’ addressing identical objectives by adopting similar methodologies and structure in terms of Work Packages (WP). The twin projects commenced in the second quarter of 2012 and will end in 2016.

The overall strategy of Water4Crops is to advance individual key technologies and methodologies, both in Europe and in India, within the two Pillars “ Innovative Biotechnological Waste Water Treatments for Improved Water Recycling in Agriculture” and “Improved Water Use Efficiency through Agronomics, Plant Breeding and locally adapted Irrigation Technologies and Techniques”.

Key Objectives of Water4Crops include:

Develop innovative bio‐technological wastewater treatments for enhancing wastewater reuse in agriculture

Initiate the co‐creation of innovative combinations of bio-treatment, recycling of water and high‐value products, and combinations for bio-products leading to better commercialization of biotechnology and agricultural products in Europe and India as a basis for ‘Green Growth’
Improve water use efficiency through improved agronomics, plant breeding and new irrigation technologies
Enhance stakeholder participation in the co-creation process and enable Europe‐India cooperation through Mirror Cases approach and INNOVA platforms, leading to new business opportunities


Water4Crops India Kick Off Meeting was held from 28-30 January, 2013 at ICRISAT, Hyderabad and was attended by the Indian and European consortium partners.

GIZ is a partner of the EU Consortium. GIZ’s plays role in WP 5 and WP 6, as briefed below.


WP 5: Identifying business opportunities and integration of solutions

Objectives of WP 5:


  1. To identify boundary conditions and perspectives for enabling green economy
  2. To identify the existing knowledge level relating to the project objectives and knowledge gaps of the key stakeholders that should be bridged.
  3. To facilitate a trans-disciplinary co-creation process and identification of business opportunities to increase the use of bio-treatment technology and water saving technology in irrigated agriculture
  4. To stimulate the cross-fertilization and knowledge transfer between the individual work packages and activities in Europe and India
  5. To evaluate and optimize the proposed combinations of bio-treatment and waste water reuse from a perspective of supporting green growth

Task 5.2 Future trends and boundary conditions (ALTERRA, GIZ month 3-9):

Joint evaluation of future trends and boundary conditions at selected case studies in Europe and India for supporting green economy; Identification of critical spatial-temporal variability to be considered in the application of innovative technologies.


D 5.1: Inception report on boundary conditions for Green Economy in the Mirror cases (Month:12)

WP 6: Dissemination and technology transfer

Objectives of WP 6:

  1. To identify and convey the local businesses demands to the project’s consortium
  2. To convey the technology developed within the project to the local businesses
  3. To disseminate and exchange the experience between India and Europe on: advancing Green Economy in cooperation with EBCT and the use of new technologies and models for efficient water use in agriculture.
  4. To disseminate project results to EBCT, the scientific and wider public community, ensuring maximum use of the project results by a broad audience (scientists, policymakers, planners)
  5. To provide tailor made capacity building program to train users on the new technologies and approaches for efficient water use in agriculture.
  6. To disseminate the project results to wider communities through workshops, conferences and open day visits to pilot sites.

Task 6.3 Providing Mass Media dissemination (IRSA, GIZ, ALTERRA, every 6 month)

  1. Establishment and maintenance of project website and project document store
  2. Elaboration of Annual Newsletters for the wider public
  3. Mass media and press releases, information to social media with project progress statements.
  4. Elaboration of a Project Summary (brochure, video, release info via EUROCHAMB, advertisement on local Indian televisions, short you tube clip) providing short but to-the point conclusions on possible avenues for resolving pressing issues.
  5. Input to existing information hubs such as http://www.igep.in/

Deliverable :

D6.2: Webpage and Public Dissemination material (M6, M12, M24, M36, M42)



The Water4Crops factsheet booklet provides actual information on the objectives of each project partner, research findings, main results achieved and perceptions made especially at its Indian and European case study sites.

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Summaries of technologies being developed by Research Partners of W4C project

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