Demonstrate Ecosystem Services

  • Project Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector (DESSIN)
  • Customer European Union Seventh Framework Program
  • Value 6 million Euros
  • Completion 2017

Innovative solutions in urban areasInnovative solutions in urban areasInrigo AS is one of the SME project partners in DESSIN. Scientists, public and private water management organisations and end-users, technology providers (SMEs), supporting RTD experts and relevant public authorities within DESSIN test, validate and demonstrate innovative solutions at five demo sites across Europe with special focus on urban areas.

DESSIN demonstrates and promotes innovative solutions for water scarcity and water quality / the implementation of the Water Framework directive (WFD) and shows the value of those solutions for the water sector and society by also demonstrating a methodology for the valuation of ecosystem services (ESS) as catalyser for innovation.

By this twofold approach, DESSIN will be able to demonstrate how innovative solutions in the water cycle can increase the value of the services provided by freshwater ecosystems, enabling a more informed selection of the most promising solutions in regards to their impact on the water body and their economic implications.

Demo site Hoffselva, testing of local treatment solutions for overflow from CSOsDemo site HoffselvaThe solutions include technological, monitoring, modeling and management approaches for a more resource-efficient and competitive water sector in Europe, such as decentralized water treatment units, real time control of large scale systems, sewer mining and storage of freshwater in aquifers, among others. The demo sites Emscher (Germany) and Hoffselva (Norway) contribute to ecosystem services related to water quality/Water Framework Directive and the demo sites Westland (Netherlands), Athens (Greece) and Llobregat (Spain) to water scarcity.

Additionally, DESSIN develops and applies an Evaluation Framework to assess the sustainability aspects of the mentioned solutions and to valuate changes in ecosystem services (ESS) of water bodies that result from the implementation of these solutions. The ecosystem services approach is a method that enables a standardised evaluation of impacts and benefits from technology and governance innovations in multiple sectors. One of its main advantages lies in its capacity to integrate the economic, environmental and societal dimensions. That means, the ESS methodology enables a monetary valuation of the impact of water management measures based on the new solutions, which makes a direct comparison of measures possible and generates arguments for market uptake and practical implementation.


Demonstrate ecosystem services enabling innovation in the water sector
Demonstrate ecosystem services enabling innovation in the water sector

Extreme precipitation implies that the sewage system will be overloaded more often, resulting in more polluted overflow discharge for water, watercourses and fjords.

Frode Hult, Municipality of Oslo

Special focus on urban areas
Special focus on urban areas

Inrigo’s High Rate Filtration System provides a space efficient, cost efficient and reliable solution without the use of chemicals.

Cheng Sun, R&D Manager