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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.

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.
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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

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Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

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POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 512 920

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 241 375

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 344 750

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 242 487,50

UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 464 487,50

INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI

Sri Lanka

EU Contribution

€ 267 312,50

AFRICAN COLLABORATIVE CENTRE FOR EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE (ACCESS)

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 134 750

UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA

Zambia

EU Contribution

€ 188 395

UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE

Mozambique

EU Contribution

€ 129 425

VISTA GEOWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FERNERKUNDUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 255 350

ATEC-3D LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 186 625

EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR PARTICIPATORY MEDIA EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 317 125

WATER AND LAND RESOURCE CENTER

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 123 656,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 690268

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 420 222,68

  • EU contribution

    € 3 408 658,75

Coordinated by:

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland