TALANOA-WATER – Talanoa Water Dialogue for Transformational Adaptation to Water Scarcity Under Climate Change

TALANOA-WATER aims at informing and catalyzing the adoption of robust transformational adaptation strategies to water scarcity under climate change that contribute to the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) objectives of social equity, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability.

48 months from 01/06/2021 to 31/05/2025
Funded by
  • Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research & lnnovation, Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (‘the PRIMA Foundation’)

Coordinating organization
  • Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), Spain

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General aims

TALANOA-WATER will explore transformational adaptation strategies that combine complementary and mutually reinforcing (1) nature-based solutions (e.g. natural water retention), (2) technological innovation and climate/water services (e.g. non-traditional water sources, irrigation services advising the timing and intensity of irrigation and optimal protection of crops against extreme climate events), (3) risk management and financing instruments (e.g. payment for ecosystem services, insurance) and (4) economic and behavioral incentives (e.g. water charges, water markets, voluntary agreements).

CMCC role
CMCC leads WP5 – EXPLOIT “Exploitation, dissemination and Communication”, which will implement a range of activities enabling an effective exploitation, dissemination and communication of the project methods and results, and Task 1.1 – SCOPE which will focus on defining the scope, composition and working procedures of the Stakeholder Platform and Talanoa Dialogue.
CMCC co-leads WP3 – MODELING “Actionable socio-hydrology science” which will develop an innovative, replicable and flexible multi-system modelling framework that represents two-way feedbacks among systems.

TALANOAWATER will develop a groundbreaking ecosystem of innovation that combines an inclusive and transparent stakeholder engagement method, the Talanoa Dialogue (UNFCCC, 2018), with an actionable modeling framework inspired in interdisciplinary socio-hydrology science, so to design, realize and demonstrate performance of transformational adaptation strategies at various levels (from farm to basin, from user to economic sector) in six large-scale ‘pilot water laboratories’ across the Mediterranean: the lower Nile River Basin (RB) in Egypt, the Po RB in Italy, the Hérault Department in France, the Upper Litani Catchment in Lebanon, the Cega Catchment in Spain and the Jeffara Catchment in Tunisia.

Expected results

TALANOA-WATER aims to achieve the following results:

  • Design, implement and demonstrate the institutional and technical feasibility of a transition to sustainable and inclusive growth in diverse natural and cultural environments in 6 ‘pilot water laboratories’;
  • Design, test and support the adoption of robust strategies for transformative adaptation to water scarcity caused by climate change, leveraging technological innovation (including unconventional water sources), nature-based solutions, risk management tools and behavioural incentives;
  • Create multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships and new financial mechanisms to ensure sustainable investments and cost recovery in transformative adaptation strategies;
  • Synthesis the results obtained in the pilot laboratories in the service of supranational (e.g. EU) and national strategies for water resources management, climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and ecosystem protection in the Mediterranean area.


American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environment (INRAE), France

Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT), Tunisia

Gecosistema (GECOS), Italy

Green Power for Agriculture and Irrigation (GPAI), Egypt

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