WP1 – Coordination, Management, and Dissemination (CMCC)

Description of the work

  • To assess and monitor the execution of the global structure of the project
  • To establish the structure for internal and external communications. This structure will allow the communication within the consortium and with other stakeholders, decision-makers and policy makers.
  • To supervise and coordinate the Kick-off Meeting, the Intermediate Assessment Meeting and the Final Dissemination Conference
  • To disseminate the outcomes of the project, especially trough the implementation of a home page, an electronic newsletter, the publication of papers, and of a book.

Expected Results:

  • First Progress Report
  • Second Progress Report
  • Final Report
  • Webpage and Electronic newsletter
  • Proceedings of the Kick-Off Meeting Proceedings of the Final Dissemination Conference

 

WP2 Scenarios of change: Socio-economic, Land Use and Climate Change (CMCC)

Description of the work

To provide a prospective analysis of environmental and socio-economic changes (development of macro scenarios to the period of 2015-2030, i.e. the prediction of biophysical and socio-economic variables that will represent some of the constraints for sustainable decisions concerning water management.

Expected Results

  • Report on climatic forcing variables and downscaled climate change scenarios fort he study areas for the period 2015-2030
  • Report on land use scenarios for the study areas for the period 2015-2030
  • Report on socio-economic scenarios and constraints for irrigation management for the period 2015-2030

 

WP3 – Water resources and agriculture in the Mediterranean Countries: processes of change (UPV)

Description of the work

To provide the necessary baseline information on the use of scarce water resources (actual and potential) in the regions analysed by the project. It aims at producing a comparative analysis of agricultural practices optimal use of water use. Therefore it will carry out an analysis of the irrigation systems according to their potential for saving water. Furthermore, it will analyse the relationships with other sectors in view of providing the ground for IWRM.

Expected Results

  • Regional report on agrarian practices of water use and explanatory factors (hydrological, biophysical, historical, social and economical)
  • Report on the agricultural water saving technologies in the Mediterranean area
  • Report on comparative analysis of water saving practices in agriculture.

 

WP4 – Competition over a scarce resource (UATLA)

Description of the work

To contribute for better and scientifically sound water governance through the analysis of legal and institutional frameworks in which decisions regarding irrigation management take place and through the assessment of the conflicts arising from the involvement of key water management decision-makers and stakeholders and from the sectorial competition over water resources.

Expected Results

  • Report on water consumption needs and water uses conflicts.
  • Report on the decision making framework and potential conflicts among social actors

 

WP5 – Decision/Policy making: methods and tools. An integrated participatory approach (CMCC)

Description of the work

To assess the identified adaptation measures and strategies to improve water management and irrigation systems. These strategies will be analysed and compared through a participatory approach and a decision-support system tool, e-tool.

Expected Results

  • Participatory processes implemented in the case study in support of the development of shared visions and cognitive models of the problems in question
  • Decision support system tools
  • Applications to case studies

 

WP6 – Adaptation measures and strategies to improve water management and irrigation systems (UATLA)

Description of the work

To integrate all the information collected in the previous workpackages as the ground to establish a framework for participatory integrated irrigation management, based on a ecosystem approach. Furthermore, it will identify prospective adaptation strategies for sustainable irrigation management in Southern Europe agriculture. The chosen alternatives should represent benchmarks of possible strategies which possess a certain potential to improve livelihood of local communities and to protect and conserve water resources in the study areas.

Expected Results

  • A framework for governance, policy options and participatory integrated water management
  • Report on prospective adaptation strategies for saving water in Mediterranean agriculture.

Project Description

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