SWITCH: Managing Water for the City of the Future

Managing Water for the City of the Future

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NEWATER – New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty

Coordinator: Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl, University of Osnabrueck

Timeframe: 01/01/2005 – 31/12/2008

The central tenet of the NeWater project is a transition from currently prevailing regimes of river basin water management into more adaptive regimes in the future. The transition calls for a highly integrated water resources management concept. NeWater identifies key typical elements of the current water management system and focuses its research on processes of transition of these elements to adaptive IWRM. Each key element is studied by novel approaches. Key IWRM areas where NeWater is expected deliver breakthrough results include:

  1. Governance in water management (methods to arrive at polycentric, horizontal broad stakeholder participation in IWRM)
  2. Sectoral integration (integration of IWRM and spatial planning; integration with climate change adaptation strategies, cross-sectoral optimisation and cost-benefit analysis)
  3. Scales of analysis in IWRM (methods to resolve resource use conflicts; trans-boundary issues)
  4. Information management (multi-stakeholder dialogue, multi-agents systems modeling; role of games 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 to climate variability and climate extremes)
  6. Finances and risk mitigation strategies in water management (new instruments, role of public-private arrangement in risk-sharing)
  7. Stakeholder participation, promoting new ways of bridging between science, policy and implementation

The development of concepts and tools that guide an integrated analysis and support a stepwise process of change in water management is the corner-stone of research activities in the NeWater project. To achieve its objectives the project is structured into six work blocks, and it adopts a management structure that allows effective exchange between innovative and cutting edge research on integrative water management concepts.

Website: http://www.newater.info/everyone

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