The project, entitled FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management (FREEWAT) aims at promoting water management and planning by simplifying the application of the Water Framework Directive and other EU water related Directives.
The kick-off meeting took place on 20-21 April 2015 at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.
FREEWAT is an HORIZON 2020 project financed by the EU Commission under the call “Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe”. The main goal is to simplify the application of the water-related EU Directives by using a free and open source software for the simulation of quantity/quality of surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module.
The Consortium is constituted by partners from various water sectors from 10 EU countries, plus Turkey and Ukraine. Synergies with the UNESCO HOPE initiative on free and open source software in water management greatly boost the value of the project. Large stakeholders involvement is thought to guarantee results dissemination and exploitation.