An EU H2020 project
June 2016 - November 2019
The 3rd meeting of the scientific committee of the project, held on July 04, 2019, was chaired by Prof. Guiseppe Enne and Dr. Wafa Essahli, members of the Scientific Committee. It focused on the status of implementation of the activities in the various work packages and the presentation of the main results of the project.
The Scientific Committee noted that some people in rural areas have no alternative but to drink contaminated water. The EU finances research activities but is interested in results supporting development actions. Some evidences have been issued:
In terms of technical results: Technical solutions require additional development, especially to reduce production costs, there is no better solution than the other; there is a solution adapted to a specific context
At the political level, defluoridation is not on the political agenda of countries. No specific policies or budgets have been identified. However, countries are committed to implementing the SDGs and in particular SDG # 1 (poverty), SDG # 3 (good health and well-being), SDG # 6 (access to water ), etc.
On the social level: lack of awareness, lack of resources and means to adopt new technologies: The project confirmed that fluoride contamination of water requires mitigation measures that depend on different factors: scientific knowledge and evidence, political will and support to people.
Significant knowledge has been generated with the publication of scientific articles. It was noted that the relationship with the partners was strong and effective for the implementation of the activities. FLOWERED has developed a new option for water defluoridation, the challenge is to move from the laboratory to the field.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°690378