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New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty

New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty

Objective

The central tenet of the NeWater project is a transition from currently prevailing regimes of river basinwater management into more adaptive regimes in the future. This transition calls for a highly integratedwater resources management concept. NeWater identifies key typical elements of the current watermanagement system and focuses its research on processes of transition of these elements to adaptiveIWRM. Each key element is studied by novel approaches. Key IWRM areas where NeWater isexpected to deliver breakthrough results include:
1. governance in water management (methods to arrive at polycentric, horizontal broad stakeholderparticipation in IWRM)
2. sectoral integration (integration of IWRM and spatial planning; integration with climate changeadaptation strategies, cross-sectoral optimization and cost-benefit analysis)
3. scales of analysis in IWRM (methods to resolve resource use conflicts; transboundary issues)
4. information management (multi stakeholder dialogue, multi-agent systems modelling; role ofgames in decision making; novel monitoring systems for decision systems in water management)
5. infrastructure (innovative methods for river basin buffering capacity; role of storage in adaptation toclimate variability and climate extremes)
6. finances and risk mitigation strategies in water management (new instruments, role of public-private arrangements in risk-sharing)
7. stakeholder participation; promoting new ways of bridging between science, policy andimplementationThe development of concepts and tools that guide an integrated analysis and support a stepwiseprocess of change in water management is the corner-stone of research activities in the NeWaterproject. To achieve its objectives the project is structured into six work blocks, and it adopts amanagement structure that allows effective exchange between innovative and cutting edge researchon integrative water management concepts.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF OSNABRUECK

Address

Neuer Graben / Schloss
Osnabrueck

Germany

Administrative Contact

Claudia PAHL-WOSTL (Professor)

Participants (38)

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ALTERRA BV

Netherlands

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS

France

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF DENMARK AND GREENLAND

Denmark

HR WALLINGFORD LTD

United Kingdom

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Austria

YORK UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

TASHKENT INSTITUTE OF IRRIGATION AND MELIORATION

Uzbekistan

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL

Germany

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

ECOLOGIC- INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Germany

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

INSTITUTE OF HYDRODYNAMICS, ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Czechia

INSTITUTE OF NATURAL RESOURCES

South Africa

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Italy

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE

Portugal

IUCN - INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Switzerland

MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CENTRE FOR MEDICAL AND BIOTECHNICAL RESEARCH/NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE

Ukraine

POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

MINISTERIE VAN VERKEER EN WATERSTAAT - RIJKSWATERSTAAT WATERDIENST (CENTER FOR WATER MANAGEMENT)

Netherlands

SEECON DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

VYZKUMNY USTAV VODOHOSPODARSKY T.G. MASARYKA (T.G. MASARYK WATER RESEARCH INSTITUTE)

Czechia

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

UFZ - UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH

Germany

UMEAA UNIVERSITY

Sweden

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE

Netherlands

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Netherlands

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT

Germany

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

INSTITUTO GEOLOGICO Y MINERO DE ESPANA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 511179

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    28 February 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 118 673

  • EU contribution

    € 11 999 960

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF OSNABRUECK

Germany