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Managing water scarcity: Intelligent tools and cooperative strategIes

Managing water scarcity: Intelligent tools and cooperative strategIes

Objective

MAI-TAI deals with integrated water resources management. It is designed as a 3 year coordination action of leading research and innovation operators, aiming at developing a coherent set of innovative, relevant and cooperative policy options and management strategies. Regionally it works with partners from China and India, and the work will focus around one river basin in each country.

The proposal features the following core coordination activities:
1. Enabling a dialogue between researchers and practitioners promoting state of the art and indigenous technologies & practices: The consortium believes that modern systems alone are not capable of solving the water needs of the people in many developing countries, and there is a strong need of generating innovative options through cross fertilization between both "worlds". This "cross-fertilization" will be enabled by methods and rich experiences of user innovations research.
2. Based on (1), innovative policy options and management strategies will be compiled. Then, a multi-stakeholder interaction in order to evaluate these options and strategies will be carried out, supported by intelligent knowledge management tools: In the presence of a variety of actors (institutions, organisations, individuals) each with specific forms of knowledge with respect to scale, topic, reasoning processes, and a large number of information expected to be generated through the multi-stakeholder interaction, the issue of learning and knowledge management is of paramount importance.

A strong impact of the coordination action is ensured by a highly inter- and transdisciplinary team, (in total 13 project partners) encompassing internationally reputable scientific institutions as well as strong governmental partners and NGOs. The latter two will considerable facilitate a wide and in particular meaningful stakeholder dialogue throughout the project.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES, VIENNA

Address

Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
Vienna

Austria

Administrative Contact

Markus STARKL (Dr)

Participants (11)

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LETTINGA ASSOCIATES FOUNDATION

Netherlands

POLITECNICO DI BARI

Italy

STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL WATER INSTITUTE

Sweden

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND DECISION SUPPORT

Austria

FOREIGN ECONOMIC COOPERATION OFFICE, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

China

THE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES, P.R.CHINA

China

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

TIANJIN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

China

DEVELOPMENT THROUGH RESOURCE ORGANISATION AND PLANNING

India

CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

India

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

India

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32397

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 800 000

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES, VIENNA

Austria