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Facilitating the next generation of effective and intelligent water-related policies utilising artificial intelligence and reinforcement learning to assess the water-energy-food-ecosystem (WEFE) nexus

Objective

Water, energy, food, and ecosystems (WEFE) are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (nexus) dominated by complexity and modulated by climatic and socio-economic drivers. Resource constraints, and their interconnectedness could hamper economic development, including optimal trade, market and policy solutions. Moreover, policy objectives tend to be developed with little consideration to multiple sectors, and policy implementation may change nexus characteristics, in turn affecting actor behaviour and policy formulation. NEXOGENESIS will develop and validate: (a) a coherent cross-sectoral policy-making framework at different scales addressing climate and socio-economic change, as well as stakeholder behaviour and transboundary (diplomacy) issues, developed for and validated by stakeholders, policy makers, and academics; (b) a Self-Learning Nexus Assessment Engine (SLNAE) exploiting reinforcement learning, and supporting streamlining water-related policies into the WEFE nexus; (c) a WEFE Nexus Footprint, accompanying the SLNAE. NEXOGENESIS will apply its approach to four European and one case study in southern Africa. Through the case studies, strong stakeholder engagement and validation of output, NEXOGENESIS will improve policies and policy making processes to enhance cooperation and help the EU achieve targets related to the Water Framework Directive, the greener CAP, Green Deal ambitions, as well as ambitions on water diplomacy. NEXOGENESIS outcomes, both during and after the project, will have a major impact on advancing nexus understanding and governance, resulting in a more innovative and more competitive European Union regarding nexus policy-making, backed up by state-of-the-art evidence. NEXOGENESIS will continue to drive impact after the end of the funding period through dedicated outscaling and exploitation objectives to maximise future impacts and will bring project results to extended group of users via an innovative stakeholder engagement process.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-CLA-2020-2
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Coordinator

STICHTING IHE DELFT INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION
Address
Westvest 7
2611 AX Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 842 173,75

Participants (19)

KWR WATER B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 481 250
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 062,50
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 317 116,25
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 241 782,50
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 325 937,50
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 131 472,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 155 873,75
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE UNIVERSITA CA FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 241 812,50
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE DE TOURS
France
EU contribution
€ 177 752,50
Address
Rue Du Plat D Etain 60
37020 Tours
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 289 050
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 290 005
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BALTIJAS VIDES FORUMS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 249 765
Address
Antonijas Iela 3-8
LV-1010 Riga
Activity type
Other
JONES AND WAGENER (PTY) LTD
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 239 256,25
Address
59 Bevan Road
2128 Rivonia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GAC
France
EU contribution
€ 290 461,25
Address
11-13 Rue Rene Jacques
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GROUP SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 151 508,75
Address
Strada Plantelor 80 Ap 2
023973 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVELLAN CECILIA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 93 766,25
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Municipality of Gotse Delchev
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 32 460
Address
Tsaritsa Yoanna 2
2900 Gotse Delchev
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
DIMOS NESTOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 37 462,50
Address
Premetis - Crysoupoli, 0
64200 Chrisoupoli
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
WATER EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 161 656,25
Address
Boulevard A. Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other