Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RURECO (Institutions for Resilient Groundwater Dependent Rural Economies)
Reporting period: 2018-02-01 to 2020-01-31
The project contributed to the innovation targets of the European Union in two ways. First, it contributed to technological innovation by developing a participation methodology that contributes to initiate collective action to tackle overexploitation of groundwater resources. Its novelty is to use foresight method to envision alternative futures and identify most shared, desirable elements. The method was designed to be “light-weight” and user-focused, unlike most other foresight methodologies developed by the scientific community. Hence, it can be easily replicated in other contexts, including in non-research environments. Second, the project contributed to social innovation by implementing action-research with local actors around groundwater sustainability. The two case studies engaged a total of 72 actors in the participatory foresight workshops, including farmers, local authorities, regulators, industry and NGOs. The workshops contributed to build a common representation of the groundwater dependent social-ecological system amongst participants.