Joint actions for the development and implementation of new technologies for the optimal management of water resources in the urban environment


Project Number – MIS 5016103
Priority axis 2 - A Sustainable and Climate adaptable Cross-Border area
Investment priorities 6f - Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution
Intervention fields 021. Water management and drinking water conservation (including river basin management, water supply, specific climate change adaptation measures, district and consumer metering, charging systems and leak reduction)
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Municipality of Drama
Beneficiaries Municipality of Blagoevgrad
NGO "Active Youths"
Municipality of Pavlos Melas
Start Date Aug 31, 2017
End Date Nov 30, 2020
Budget 739,955.00 €
ERDF Contribution 628.961,75 €
National Contribution 110.993,25 €
The CB area of Greece-Bulgaria is characterized by numerous, important water resources located on similar geomorphological features, but subjected to different management. Areas at the proximity of large water bodies commonly encounter problems managing excess water, as is the case in Drama; while municipalities deal frequently with water shortage as happens in Pavlos Melas and seasonally in Blagoevgrad. The need for efficient municipal water management is common to all CB areas, and solutions addressing similar issues can be developed collectively.

LYSIS proposes an integrated approach to regional socio-climatic changes with the use of innovative techniques and technologies addressing sustainable urban water management. Although a wide range of EU Directives and national legislative acts address water management and monitoring, established methodologies and technical and operational implementation standards are generally lacking at the municipal level. The development of these methodologies and standards present a common challenge to both Greece and Bulgaria in their efforts to promote sustainable municipal water management and reduce ecological footprint of urban green spaces.

Specifically, this project establishes problem solution strategies for municipalities facing water excess or shortage issues. The main project outputs are: implementation of smart urban irrigation systems addressing exact water needs in space and time; development of excess water management techniques emphasizing on water quality and reuse; development of a Good Practice Guide for ecological footprint reduction in urban green spaces; knowhow dissemination seminars and public awareness events addressing efficient municipal water management.

Project main beneficiaries are municipalities and related water management organizations gaining knowhow and local communities benefiting from natural resources conservation.

The CB approach of LYSIS is based on the common problems faced by multiple municipalities at both sides of the national borders creating the need for advanced urban water management. Additionally, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is a source of advanced irrigation and water management knowledge, which can be transferred and provide technical solutions to beneficiaries in both countries.

Project innovation lies at the fact that this specific project will develop a soft infrastructure that will not only implement the pilot actions, but will continue monitoring, inter-calibrating, denoising and servicing the data achieved from the telemetry network. In brief, the pilot actions will bring into play innovative technologies such as SCADA, DSS systems and smart telemetry tools.

Furthermore, the project covers a wide range of problems encountered in the CB area, thus the added value and purpose of the project exceeds local needs and can be seen as an exemplar for the majority of bodies and authorities which are responsible for urban water management.

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D.2.1.4_Brochure (EN_GR_BG)

D.2.4.3_Brochure II (EN_GR_BG)

D.3.1.1_Integrated Design System & Water Management Analysis (EL)
D.3.2.1_Study & protocol for irrigation recommendation using smart systems (EL)
D.3.3.2_Operation of Pilot Actions in Greece (GR)
D.3.4.1_Report for Technical research and Development study_Blagoevgrad (ΒG)
D.3.5.1_Information Material for Workshops_Quiz EN
D.3.5.1_Information Material for Workshops_Quiz BG

D.4.1.1_Evaluation & Efficiency Assessment Report Drama (EL)
D.4.1.2_Good practice Guide for reduction of water and carbon footprint (training material) _(GR_EN abstact)
D.4.2.1_Evaluation Efficiency Assessment & Scale up opportunities_EL
D.4.2.1_Evaluation Efficiency Assessment & Scale up opportunities _EN abstract

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