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BINGO is a 48 month Horizon 2020 Climate Action project launched in July 2015.  
BINGO aims at providing practical knowledge and tools to end users, water managers, decision and policy makers affected by climate change to enable them to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods. The focus is on six regions across Europe – in Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain.
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Message from the Project Coordinator

Dear BINGOlians,

Time is flying and we are now one month away from ECCA2019 and 2 months away from BINGO project´s completion. It is time to finalize our last Deliverables mainly dealing with the economic and societal impacts of the adaptation measures proposed to each Research Site, as well as the recommendations and guidelines enabling the implementation of the best transition pathway with a focus on decision making.

We are also deeply involved in implementing the BINGO´s final exploitation plan focused on concrete tools and activities to reach different target audiences, ensuring that the project’s outputs and results are used in further activities and that BINGO legacy live beyond its life-time.

Recent examples are the full day activities organized around the topic “BINGO talks about Tagus”, in commemoration of the Word Water Day and the participation of BINGO in a seminar with a “TED talk” format on the “Power of Communication” that largely contributed to broadcast BINGO in diverse social and societal environments.

And we are enthusiastically preparing the BINGO Final General Assembly, 23-25 May, as well as the BINGO presentations and sessions in ECCA 2019, 28-31 May, both at the Conference and at the BINGO Booth. 

The current and the coming days are one of the busiest periods we have ever had. Working in small teams and in large teams, with joy and positive energy, for a great Finale!

I wish you All to keep up with the collaborative spirit, aligned and posted. We can promise a few surprising moments!

We are looking forward to welcoming you, once again, in Lisbon!

Rafaela Matos
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Portugal
BINGO Project Coordinator

Almost at ECCA 2019!! – Latest news

We are just little over a month left to ECCA 2019, where our project’s results will be fully presented!

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Making ECCA 2019 carbon neutral

Social enterprise Mossy Earth is planting two trees per attendee at a Native Oak Woodland Restoration project in Portugal. The project is developing sustainable land management practices to combat invasive species, protect the forest from summer wildfires and regenerate native oak woodlands.

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Portugal’s national airline is offering a 10% discount for ECCA participants who book directly through their website. Find out about the terms and conditions.

Electric scooter hire

If you’re looking for an alternative way to get about Lisbon, an eCooltra electric scooter could be just what you’re looking for. They are easy to book through an app, with 40 free minutes for ECCA participants.

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BINGO Talks about Tagus
BINGO Talks about Tagus

In celebration of World Water Day, the BINGO project has organised the event "BINGO talks about Tagus", a day full of activities, music, talks, guided tours, games and prizes where the BINGO team interacted with the locals to share the Project messages, about how their "tap water " comes about, about the importance of the river and adaptations to climate change in the Tagus and in Europe.

From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 23rd, the BINGO was at Valada do Tejo riverside Park, facilitating activities about water and climate change related to the project, organised guided tours to the Water Treatment Station (ETA) of Vale da Pedra, to the Valada water intake, where BINGO team presented the water flow from source to the consumer tap.

The event was free and it was attended by over 80 people!

The initiative was organised by the local BINGO partners - EPAL, DGADR, CIMLT, LNEC and SPI ** - with the support of the Municipal Council of Cartaxo and the Parish Council of Valada do Tejo.


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The Journey of The BINGO CoPs

Check out how BINGO has influenced
the end-users in the
Communities of Practice



Testimonials from key water end users of Badalona city, collected at the first BINGO workshop, which took place in Badalona, on 26 January 2016.
Testimonials from key end users collected from the BINGO's Badalona Research Site.


Testimonials from the last BINGO workshop
in Lisbon, February 2016
Testimonials from the last BINGO workshop
in Lisbon, October 2018


Testimonials from key end users collected at BINGO workshop held at Wupperverband in Barmen on 19 February 2016
Testimonial from end users collected from the BINGO's Wupper Research Site.

WP3 – D3.5
Improved model applications/descriptions to the six research sites based on field data


T. aus der Beek (IWW), R. Becker (IWW), A. Bruggeman (CYI), H. Djuma (CYI), M. Eliades (CYI), M.L. Forcadell (AjBDN), A. Fortunato (LNEC), P. Freire (LNEC), M.H.J. van Huijgevoort (KWR), E. Kristvik (NTNU), C. Kübeck (IWW), L. Locatelli (AQUATEC), P. Lorza (WV), T. Merete Muthanna (NTNU), J. Montes (AjBDN), S. Pflug (KWR), M. Rodrigues (LNEC), B. Russo (AQUATEC), M. Scheibel (WV), A. Seifu Gragne (NTNU), D. Sunyer (AQUATEC), E. Teneketzi (WV), B.R. Voortman (KWR, Moisture Matters), J.P.M. Witte (KWR);

The aim of the BINGO field research was to improve our understanding of hydrologic processes and to integrate this knowledge in the hydrologic model applications at the six research sites. Within the scope of the BINGO Project, soil moisture was monitored in Wupper Basin (Germany) and Troodos (Cyprus). Evapotranspiration of natural vegetation was monitored by lysimeters and in large pot experiments for the Veluwe (Netherlands) and by sapflow sensors in Troodos. Combined sewage water flows, sediment and sea water quality was monitored in Badalona (Spain), estuary water and salinity levels were monitored in Tagus (Portugal) and rainfall variability was monitored in Bergen. The field work observations were used for model calibrations (Troodos, Wupper, Badalona), validations (Tagus) and improvement of model input data (Veluwe). Field research methods and experience were exchanged between the research sites and valuable experience was gained by all project partners. The monitoring and analysis of water balance components led to an improved understanding of hydrologic processes and an improved capacity for the modelling of climate change impacts and adaptation options. Further field observations, modelling and analysis are foreseen at all sites.


WP3 – D3.6
Optimized water resources models to support management strategies at the six research sites


Becker (IWW), T. aus der Beek (IWW), A. Bruggeman (CYI), A.B. Fortunato (LNEC), P. Freire (LNEC), E. Giannakis (CYI), A. S. Gragne (NTNU), M.H.J. van Huijgevoort (KWR), A. Iacovides (IACO), I. Iacovides (IACO), E. Kristvik (NTNU), C. Kübeck (IWW), L. Locatelli (AQUATEC), P.Lorza (WV), E. Martinez (CETAQUA), M. Mouskoundis (IACO), T. Muthanna (NTNU), E. Novo (LNEC), M. Oliveira (LNEC), S. Rijpkema (Vitens), M. Rodrigues (LNEC), R. Rodrigues (LNEC), B. Russo, M. Scheibel (WV), A. Villanueva, B.R. Voortman (KWR, Moisture Matters), J.P.M. Witte (KWR)

This report D3.6 provides an overview of the benefit of the BINGO modelling approach for 14 sites in 6 countries. Even though the sites are diverse, as they each tackle different water problems that are typical for Europe, the combination of bottom-up knowledge and data with top-down modelling strategies (climate change data, scenarios) has been successful. At the some of the sites, e.g. in the Netherlands and Germany, individual models had already been implemented, but have been further developed or joined by additional models within BINGO. At other sites, models have been applied for the first time. Both cases have created additional knowledge about local processes and enabled water stakeholders to learn more about their resources, to peek into the near and distant future, and finally to adjust their management strategies according to model applications and results.


WP4 – D4.6
Indicators of scenarios of risk caused by extreme weather events at the six research sites


Adriana Bruggeman (CYI), André Fortunato, Beniamino Russo (AQUATEC), Clemens Strehl (IWW), Elias Giannakis (CYI), Erle Kristvik (NTNU), Fabian Vollmer (IWW), Fernanda Rocha (LNEC), Henk-Jan van Alphen (KWR), Luca Locatelli (AQUATEC), Marta Rodrigues, Paula Freire, Teun Spek (Prov GLD), Tone Muthanna (NTNU)

The purpose of this report is to establish indicators of risk caused by extreme weather events at the six research sites. They can be seen as warning and action indicators will be suggested to manage conflicts generated by socio economic activities facing extreme climatic events. Indicators can be of different types: climatic change; hazard changes; any sort of vulnerabilities change, etc. These indicators, by presenting a certain deviation from a reference level, can trigger the implementation of a certain measure. Indicators may also be a measure of the degree of implementation of an action concerning climate change (CC) adaptation. Indicators link WP4 with WP5, where the risks are treated.


WP6 – D6.7
Final portfolio of actionable research problems/challenges exploitation and development


Bruggeman Adriana, Craveiro João, Giannakis Elias, Kristvik Erle, Martinez Montse, Montes Pep, Mouskountis Marios, Muthanna Tone, Pérez Albert, Spek Teun, Strehl Clemens, Suarez Esther, van Alphen Henk-Jan, Villanueva Angel, Vollmer Fabian, Zoumides Christos

In this report we see how the CoPs together with their actionable climate-water measures evolve in different ways at the six research sites. Between January 2018 and March 2019 a total of 12 CoP events were organized in Cyprus, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. The final portfolio of actionable research problems and challenges summarizes the activities undertaken for problem-solving cooperation by the CoPs at the six research sites and reflects on successes and barriers for the implementation of actionable measures. The CoPs provided a forum to researchers and stakeholders across the six research sites to interact and co-produce knowledge, which was valuable for BINGO research but also for strengthening stakeholders’ capabilities to address climate change challenges, for increasing climate-water awareness and for operational research. BINGO research teams have already undertaken follow-up actions to maintain the regular communication channels, interaction and cooperative research on climate-water adaptation options with stakeholders.

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With 146 years of experience, EPAL is the largest and oldest water utility in Portugal, supplying drinking water to around three million people in 35 municipalities, including the city of Lisbon. Water is extracted from both surface and underground water sources, all of them located within the River Tagus basin, which covers approximately 1/3 of the national territory. In the last three years EPAL set out several initiatives to better deal with the challenges associated with climate change, namely the constitution of a working group dedicated to climate change studies; the launching of the research project Adaptaclima-EPAL, under which the scenarios and models were applied to the whole River Tagus basin, aiming at assessing EPAL’s water sources’ vulnerability to climate change and proposing adaptation measures; and the participation in the PREPARED – Enabled Change EC 7FP project. These initiatives allowed EPAL to improve its knowledge on the subject and, particularly, on the potential impacts of climate change in the quantity and quality of its water sources.

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AREA METROPOLITANA DE BARCELONA (AMB) The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) is the public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona which includes 36 municipalities (Badalona also). The competences of the AMB are related with the territorial planning, transport and mobility, urban development and housing, environment and water cycle, economic and social development, and finally, social and territorial cohesion. Related with water cycle, the main responsibilities’ include all the water cycle, from household drinking, water supply and distribution, to waste water and reclaimed water treatments.The AMB is responsible of the exploitation and maintenance of urban drainage infrastructures and coordinate them with the sewer network and Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP). All drainage infrastructures are defined at the Barcelona metropolitan area rain water Master Plan. The Plan includes not only the analyses of sustainable urban drainage but also a list of infrastructures to be implemented in the territory including Badalona.

Project BINGO in 5 minutes!

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Finding solutions for climate change’s impact on water resources in Europe
pictureWorking with a wide range of stakeholders and co-designing solutions: the embodiment of open science and open innovation. (…) We can expect BINGO to provide many of the answers we need to improve water management in Europe.”
EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas delivered a video message to BINGO – the Horizon 2020 project examining the impact of climate change on the water cycle in Europe. Watch Commissioner Moedas' full video message.
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