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DAFNE: Use of a Decision-Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food NExus in complex and trans-boundary water resources systems of fast growing developing countries.

Objective

Global trends in population growth and rising economic prosperity will increase the demand for energy, food and water, with more severe impact in fast-growing economies, such as in several African countries. The constraints on water, energy, and food could well hamper economic development, lead to social and geopolitical tensions, and cause lasting environmental damage. DAFNE advocates an integrated and adaptive water resources planning and management approach that explicitly addresses the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus from a novel participatory and multidisciplinary perspective. This includes social, economic, and ecologic dimensions, involves both public and private actors and is socially inclusive, enhances resource efficiency and prevents the loss of ecosystem services in regions where large infrastructures exist or are being built and intensive agriculture is expanding. A decision-analytic-framework (DAF) will be developed to quantitatively assess the social, economic, and environmental impact of expanding energy and food production in complex physical and political contexts, where natural and social processes are strongly interconnected and the institutional setting involves multiple stakeholders and decision-makers. The DAFNE approach will be demonstrated by analysing two cross-boundary case studies, the Zambezi and the Omo river basins. The WEF nexus will be quantified and analysed as the trade-off between conflicting objectives such as hydropower production vs irrigation, land exploitation vs conservation, etc. The nexus will be translated in economic values and impact on growth, ecosystems and ecosystem services. DAFNE will allow a better understanding of the WEF nexus, and generate and explore alternative planning and management solutions based on the cooperation of public and private stakeholders, which foster the profitable but equitable use of resources without transgressing environmental limits or creating societal and/or stakeholder conflicts.

Call for proposal

H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage
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Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (13)

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 512 920
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 241 375
Address
22 Evdoxu Street
117 43 Athens
Activity type
Other
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 344 750
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 242 487,50
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 464 487,50
Address
Neuer Graben/schloss 29
49074 Osnabrueck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI
Sri Lanka
EU contribution
€ 267 312,50
Address
127 Sunil Mawatha
10120 Colombo
Activity type
Research Organisations
AFRICAN COLLABORATIVE CENTRE FOR EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE (ACCESS)
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 134 750
Address
University Of Nairobi Riverside Drive Chiromo Campus
Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 188 395
Address
Great East Road Campus
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE
Mozambique
EU contribution
€ 129 425
Address
Reitoria Da Universidade, Praca 25 De Junho 257
00200 Maputo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VISTA GEOWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FERNERKUNDUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 350
Address
Gabelsbergerstr 51
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ATEC-3D LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 186 625
Address
10 Mitchell Avenue
CT18 7PU Folkestone
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR PARTICIPATORY MEDIA EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 317 125
Address
Pariser Platz 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
WATER AND LAND RESOURCE CENTER
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 123 656,25
Address
Rahem Building, Diaspora Square, Megenagna
Addis Ababa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)