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BINGO Report Summary

Project ID: 641739
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.5.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - BINGO (Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management – A better future under climate change)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management – a better future under climate change (BINGO) aims at providing practical knowledge and tools to end users, water managers, decision and policy-makers affected by climate change to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods.

There are plenty of long-term concepts on how to face climate change. But how can decision-makers and end users face the intermediate challenges climate change brings? What is the right path for inter-annual to decadal time scales? BINGO aims both at reducing the uncertainty of near-term climate predictions and developing response strategies that may help society to better manage the remaining uncertainty.

BINGO will therefore provide demand-driven solutions for a number of specific climate-related challenges in Europe that focus on different geographical scales and are usable by a diverse spectrum of end users. After developing decadal climate predictions with a specific focus on extreme events, BINGO will then model the impacts of changing climate on the water cycle and water demands, and analyse how this affects key sectors. In parallel, BINGO will establish adaptation measures. These measures will be built taking into account critical socio-economic factors, financing and policy contexts as well as scenarios of land use, urban pressures and water demands.

The project solutions will be co-produced, tested and validated by a range of key end users at six research sites across Europe. These are located in Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal. The five objectives of the project will be achieved through a work plan based in seven work packages. BINGO activities are planned in order to facilitate end users’ participation and to ensure the expected co-production. Last but not least, the cultural background, administrative systems and past experiences are different between Northern and Southern Europe countries represented in BINGO will account for rich and varied discussions and approaches to risk treatment, therefore increasing the social value and transferability of results to other sites/countries. End users and water managers will have available information on specific future scenarios at the space and time resolution fitting their needs, and will be engaged in a knowledge alliance to build a shared awareness and perception of challenges related to climate and weather extremes.

BINGO will address and extend the knowledge and awareness on water climate change adaptation to key strategic uses such as urban water supply, agriculture, reservoir management and hydropower, ecosystems & biodiversity, minding water resources protection and sustainability. Therefore, BINGO will contribute to a better implementation of the existing EU Directives and Strategies, such as the Blueprint to safeguard Europe's water resources, the EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the Rio 2012 decision (water, energy and agriculture), and the EU2020 Strategy, acting as well an instrument to support the European Neighbourhood Policy and the policy for Climate Action as part of CoP21 – the Paris Protocol – a blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020 (COM(2015)81).

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The coordination of the project during the first 12 months established a comprehensive project organization and management through careful planning and internal communication procedures. It monitored the progress of each WP and the organisation of online and face to face meetings, as well as financial aspects and the communication with the EC. Two face-to-face plenary project meetings were organized: the kick-off meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2015 (80 participants), and the 1st Year Annual Meeting in Bergen, Norway, in June 2016 (55 participants), as well as WP3 and WP5 meetings, respectively with 44 and 25 participants. BINGO has gained strong visibility through activities under WP7, ensuring the development of the main communication instruments which will be used throughout the project lifetime (project website, videos, promotional materials), and creating awareness of the project goals and activities through several channels and in relevant events.

WP2 ensured the dynamical downscaling of present and past climate, as well as decadal projections, to the appropriated spatial resolution, as well as the dynamical downscaling to a higher spatial resolution of extreme test-episode for each site. The systematic identification of extremal patterns for each site is in progress. The following deliverables were produced: D2.1 Data downscaled to 12km/daily for Europe; D2.2 Data downscaled to 12km/daily, Europe, for the period 2015-2024 and D2.3 Definition of extremal circulation patterns, present climate. Two milestones have been accomplished: MS11 data exchange platform up and running (called “DECO”) and MS12 Downscaling to 12 km available.

Data about climate, weather extremes, availability and quality of inland waters was analysed at each of the six research sites and published in D3.1 - Characterization of the catchments and the water systems at the six research sites. Field work was initiated to fill existing data gaps and to improve the understanding of processes within the local water cycle. More than 20 hydrologic models are being set up to first calculate past conditions, and then future changes.

A report named “Guidance on BINGO WP4 implementation: Establishing of the context for the risk management process”, was produced aiming at guiding WP4 activities and promoting fair articulation with other activities, namely WP5 risk treatment, where adaptation strategies will be developed. A Risk Glossary was produced to ensure BINGO risk common language, and the risk assessment methodologies were harmonized among the six research sites. The Risk Management Process (RMP) context for the six research sites was defined in DD4.1 - Context for risk assessment at the six research sites, including criteria to be used in risk assessment”.

Preparatory work was started in WP5 concerning the Portfolio of Adaptation Measures, a stepwise approach for selecting adaptation measures at the local level. A first assessment of the policy and governance situation at the six research sites was initiated through a questionnaire.

Relevant work focused on aligning the BINGO Community of Practice (CoP) workshops across the six research sites. Two CoP meetings were added to the DoA list, in order to enhance the CoP and the continuity of dialogue between researchers and end users. The first workshop, “Setting the scene”, was held across all research sites by Month 8. Reports from all workshops were processed and analysed. Two deliverables were produced: “D6.1 Set up a multi-stakeholder platform” and “D6.2 - Set up principles for road mapping” to be used in WP4 and WP5, at later stages.

In short, there was a substantial production during the first year of the BINGO execution, with a total of 17 Deliverables, of which 9 are reports, 3 are climate data sets and 2 are websites. The last ones are, respectively, the project website and the Community of Practice, CoP, forum in Basecamp – anyone interested can request to be invited in Noteworthy is that several of these outputs, in accordance to the starting phase of the project activities, are meant to regulate, organize and support the project management and internal communication procedures. In addition to the climate data sets for the six research sites, two scientific and technical reports have been produced characterizing the study catchments with the current situation, and establishing the context for the Risk Management, both for the six research sites. Deliverables that are public and other project outputs can be downloaded at the BINGO website: Five Milestones and other project outcomes, such as progress reports are within the achievements of this 1st year of activity.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

It is acknowledged the good progress of these 12 months’ work, in accordance with the DoA, and that the BINGO impact exceeded the expectations in what respects to the engagement of end users, the synergies with other initiatives, the involvement of the EC and the high commitment of the project team. There are already a few scientific publications resulting from the project research activities.

During the first reporting period, BINGO has been promoted at numerous relevant events in Europe, Middle East & North Africa, and North America. Facilitated by the Project Advisory Board, the links with other programs, networks and events has been materialized through several activities. The latest one being an invitation to present BINGO at the Stockholm Water Week 2016 in a dedicated Session promoted by the World Bank on “Building Climate Resilience in Water Supply and Sanitation”. In fact the World Bank is embarking on a Global Study on “Climate Resilient Water Supply and Sanitation Services” focused on how water utilities need to adjust their strategies to future climate risks which will include a component on bridging the gap between scientists and utility decision-makers.

BINGO has established as well successful working relationships with further H2020 projects, such as IMPREX (funded under the same Call Topic), RESCCUE and PLACARD. Partners have actively promoted and presented BINGO approaches and results at international scientifically oriented conferences, as well as at industrial fairs and exhibitions.

A Facebook page was set up for BINGO: It accounts for 400 likes. A Twitter account was also set up for BINGO:, with 257 followers and over 47,000 impressions since the kick start of the project until the end of Year 1. A YouTube account was also activated to store the project audiovisual materials, such as videos and podcasts. The project animated video had over 550 views. A LinkedIn group was created at the last month of Year 1, gathering 30 participants initially. The total number of social network followers is of over 700.

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