Enorasis

Environmental Optimization of IRrigation Management with the Combined uSe and Integration of High Precision Satellite Data, Advanced Modelling, Process Control and Business Innovation” (GA No 282949)

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European Commission – DG Research and Innovation
FP7-Environment
January 2012 – December 2014 (24 months)
2.718.918 € (EC funding 2.085.965 €)
http://www.enorasis.eu
Partner – Quality manager
Mr Dimitrios Daskalakis – +30 2310 411 191, daskalakis@qplan.gr

Description

The core aim of the project is to develop an integrated Decision Support System for environmentally optimized irrigation management by farmers and water management organizations. The ENORASIS system will combine precision agriculture benefits with the optimization of water consumption targeting to:

  • motivate farmers to optimize the use of water, and
  • provide to water management organizations the ability to effectively forecast and manage irrigation water resources, cover irrigation demand and charge customers (farmers) on the basis of motives and incentives that exploit irrigation demand side fluctuations.

ENORASIS will actually target to optimize the use of irrigation water by:

1. Developing an intelligent Decision Support System for irrigation management based upon advanced, state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies from various scientific fields:

  • Meteorological Analysis Tools, assimilating advanced weather forecast models and satellite data
  • Field hardware (wireless sensors networks etc.) to be deployed in the field for measurements and reporting
  • Information exchange system, to be used by farmers’ and water management companies’ interaction.

2. Developing a set of novel business and operational models for the ENORASIS systems as well as several market uptake scenarios.

3. Providing water authorities and farmers with an intelligent, flexible, affordable and easy-to-use irrigation water pricing billing system.

The ENORASIS system will be tested and demonstrated in 4 different pilot settings (1 research farm, 2 production farms and 1 water management authority) in 4 different geographical areas (Poland, Serbia, Turkey and Cyprus).

Finally, ENORASIS will trigger a policy debate at European/national level on the actions towards the adoption of sustainable irrigation practices in agriculture. The project findings and results will be discussed during 3 policy workshops with a view to stimulate active discussions among all stakeholders involved in irrigation practices (farmers, water management authorities, policy/decision makers, business associations, etc). The collected feedback will help shape a set of policy recommendations that could be applied at European, national and regional level to support the adoption of sustainable irrigation concepts in agriculture.

Download the ENORASIS brochure

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Support to project coordinator;
  • Support to financial and administrative management;
  • Dissemination and promotion management;
  • Elaboration of alternative ENORASIS business models;
  • Elaboration of several market uptake scenarios and business plans
  • Organisation of the policy workshops and the development of the policy recommendations
  • Elaboration of post-project exploitation of project’s findings and business planning for involved SMEs
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