Ecuador Fund for Water Protection – FONAG

The Fund for the Protection of Water (Fondo para la protección del Agua – FONAG) is promoting sustainable practices in water cycle management in Ecuador. The fund has helped maintain a sustainable water cycle in Quito by setting up collaborative grants targeting upstream landowners. These landowners are taught and assisted in water conservation and protection of biodiversity. The Fund further contributes by informing all stakeholders about the importance of water protection and raising consumer awareness.


The Water and Global Change project (WATCH) has for the first time brought together the hydrological, water resources and climate research communities at an international level with the overall aim of uniting their expertise into a single study on the global water cycle and how it responds to the drivers of climate change.


The Stirred Underwater Biouptake System (SUBS) is a submersible sensing device using an in-situ bio-sensing technology for assessing the health or the toxicological status of fresh and salt water ecosystems.


The need to identify leakages in the water pipeline infrastructure is vital in the field of water cycle monitoring. Leakages in water pipes could imply a large loss of drinking water and is also a possible threat to our health; when water pressure in the damaged pipes drops, surrounding water is allowed to enter the pipes. Managing these leakages is therefore a high priority, especially since rehabilitation of damaged pipe systems can cut the costs with 30 to 70 % compared to replacing them.  However, rehabilitation must start with identifying the problem, which in this particular case means finding leakages and cracks in the water pipes.   As the traditional damage-reducing techniques and equipment for obtaining information of underground media has proven to be insufficient, a new technology for inspection and evaluation of water pipe conditions has been the aim for the project WATERPIPE.


VIT kit stands for Vermicon Identification Technology kit. It consists of in situ bio sensing probes which look for specific bacteria. These kits can easily be deployed on site for water cycle monitoring. They are provided by vermicon (Germany).


By far, the largest demand for the world's water comes from agriculture, as more than two-thirds of the water withdrawn from the earth's rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation. A declining supply of water and a decrease in water quality are two of the main problems faced by the agricultural sector today, placing enormous pressure on agricultural policy-makers and farmers. 


VIROCLIME addresses key issues at the interface between virology, climate change and water quality regulation.  The project makes use of hydrological modelling to determine the effects of climate changes on the variation in viral fluxes.  It focusses on risk associated with viruses for managing water-related diseases (e.g. drinking water and recreational bathing water).