Call for proposals - Halting Desertification in Europe Desertification 2012-2013 Closed!


The general objective of the Call for proposals is to obtain detailed information on the water resources available in the selected pilot basins and to demonstrate the potential of management, technological and economic measures for improving water management with a view to halting desertification in Europe and decreasing vulnerability to water scarcity and droughts.


  • Develop water resources balance in the selected river basin(s) following a methodology consistent with the building of the European water resource balances within the System of Economic and Environmental Accounts for Water (SEEAW – framework at the monthly resolution under the "European catchments and River network system" (ECRINS – reference system.
  • Test innovative solutions for gathering and integrating the data needed for the water resources balance (e.g. river discharge monitoring).
  • Test at local/regional/transboundary scale the integration of water resources balance in the river basin management planning.
  • Identify management, technological and economic measures applied in the selected river basin(s), which encourage optimal water management and avoid unsustainable water use.
  • Propose, based on the identified water saving potentials in the selected river basin, sector specific and river basin specific water efficiency targets, water re-use targets and targets related to ecosystems and their services, land-use and adaptation to climate change allowing to preserve and/or restore the natural water balance.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,75 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 17 June 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche Desertification 2012-2013 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries

Directorate-Generale responsible


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