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REsilienT water gOvernance Under climate CHange within the WEFE NEXUS

Project description

Smart water governance schemes for a resilient water future

Increased water scarcity caused by anthropocentric and natural causes demands an integrated approach in water governance to efficiently allocate water resources to various competing uses. The EU-funded RETOUCH Nexus project will introduce and promote the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus as a multi-level and cross-sectoral approach that supports the EU water economy and relies on ecological and social considerations. The project will design and advance integrated, innovative and inclusive smart water governance schemes and institutional settings aiming at a secure water future in the EU that is resilient to climate change. Following an evidence-based approach, RETOUCH Nexus will propose, assess and optimise WEFE Nexus smart methods in six case studies reflecting various cross-sectoral, multi-level and multi-stakeholder water governance conditions.

Objective

With increased water scarcity due to anthropocentric and natural causes, the trade-offs and synergies intrinsic to efficiently allocate water resources to various competing uses have become more polarized. Realizing the importance of an integrated approach in water governance, the RETOUCH Nexus project introduces and promotes the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus as a multi-level and cross-sectoral approach that advocates the EU water economy and, in addition, relies on ecological and social considerations. The overall objective of RETOUCH Nexus is to design and foster integrated, innovative and inclusive Nexus-smart water governance schemes and institutional settings to promote a secure water future in the EU, resilient to climate change. RETOUCH Nexus follows an evidence-based approach to propose, assess and optimize a set of WEFE Nexus smart methods in six different case studies reflecting various cross-sectoral, multi-level and multi-stakeholder water governance contexts. First, the project will monitor water governance by providing a set of Nexus-smart socio-economic and environmental indicators that reflect the cross-sectoral and multi-level nature of water use. Second, RETOUCH Nexus will design integrated and climate-resilient water governance practices that ensure sustainable water systems. It will also develop economic instruments and business models that support robust water management under cross-sectoral competition. Third, RETOUCH Nexus will foster more transparent, inclusive and innovative engagement mechanisms that empower stakeholder and citizen participation in water governance. Finally, RETOUCH Nexus aims to effectively increase the socio-economic and environmental resilience of water governance in Europe by upscaling and endorsing successful and sustainable Nexus-based water governance interventions that will be designed and validated throughout the duration of the project.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Net EU contribution
€ 722 312,50
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 722 312,50

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