AQUASTRESS EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROJECT: Mitigation of Water Stress through new Approaches to Integrating Management, Technical, Economic and Institutional Instruments".

Reporting Entity: European Union

Completeness: 29%

General Information

General Information

Title of best practice:

AQUASTRESS EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROJECT: Mitigation of Water Stress through new Approaches to Integrating Management, Technical, Economic and Institutional Instruments".

Reporting Entity:

European Union


Prevailing land use in the specified location

  • Cropland

Contribution to Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) measures

  • Mitigation

Linkages with the other best practice themes

  • Capacity-building and awareness-raising
  • Knowledge management and decision support
  • Policy, legislative and institutional framework
  • Participation, collaboration and networking


Section 1. Context of the best practice: frame conditions (natural and human environment)

Short description of the best practice

In this Project, decision makers have been identified through a stakeholder analysis. They have been invited to participate in the project as members of the stakeholder bodies. Their involvement was primarily aimed to define the institutional framework for water stress mitigation, but they were also actively involved in the selection and evaluation of options. As a result, the conclusions and recommendations applied to the pilot sites have had real value for the local communities, and could be included in the planning agenda of the decision-making authorities.

On the basis of which criteria and/or indicator(s) (not related to The Strategy) the proposed practice and corresponding technology has been considered as 'best'?

On the basis of measures, methods or activities that are considered successful in terms of achieving desired outcomes and good performances when it comes to UNCCD operational and strategic objectives, and that are contributing to enhance the implementation of the Convention.

Section 2. Problems addressed (direct and indirect causes) and objectives of the best practice

Main problems addressed by the best practice

The mitigation of water stress at regional scale depends not just on technological innovations, but also on the development of new integrated water management tools and decision-making practices.

Specify the objectives of the best practice

Development of new integrated water management tools and decision-making practices, in order to achive mitigation of water stress impacts. In this line, AquaStress is an EU funded integrated project (IP) contract n°511231-2 - 6th Eu Framework Programme for RTD (http://www.cordis.lu) - deliverates interdisciplinary methodologies enabling actors at different levels of involvement and at different stages of the planning process to mitigate water stress problems.
|Scientific innovations on the diagnosis and characterisation of sources and causes of water stress;
|Scientific innovations on the assessment of the effectiveness of water stress management measures and development of new tailored options. Development of a participatory process to implement solutions tailored to environmental, cultural, economic and institutional settings.
|Development and dissemination of guidelines, protocols, and policies;

Section 4. Institutions/actors involved (collaboration, participation, role of stakeholders)

Was the technology developed in partnership?


List the partners:

1. CNR.IRSA Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Authorised
Contact Person: Alberto Puddu Italy
- www.irsa.cnr.it
- aquastress.coordinator@irsa.cnr.it
2. UoR University of Reading
Phoebe Koundouri
United Kingdom
- www.reading.ac.uk
- p.koundouri@reading.ac.uk
3. RIZA Rijksinstituut voor Integraal Zoetwaterbeheer en Afvalwaterbehandeling
Michiel Blind
The Netherlands
- www.riza.nl
- m.blind@riza.rws.minvenw.nl
4. CRANFIELD Cranfield University
Paul Jeffrey United Kingdom
- www.cranfield.ac.uk
- p.j.jeffrey@cranfield.ac.uk
5. UoP University of Piraeus
Nikitas Pittis Greece
- www.unipi.gr
- npittis@unipi.gr
6. UCL University College London
Timothy SwansonUnited Kingdom
- www.ucl.ac.uk
- tim.swanson@ucl.ac.uk
7. USF Universität Osnabrück
Maria ManezGermany
- www.uni-osnabrueck.de
- mmanez@usf.uni-osnabrueck.de
8. ALTERRA Alterra BV
Eddy Moors The Netherlands
- www.alterra.nl
- eddy.moors@wur.nl
9. RWTH Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Thomas Melin Germany
- melin@ivt.rwth-aachen.de
10. CEMAGREF Centre National du Machinisme Agricole,
du Génie Rural des Eaux et des Forêts
Dominique Rollin France
- www.cemagref.fr
- dominique.rollin@cemagref.fr
11. NERC-CEH Natural Environment Research Council
Neil Runnalls United Kingdom
- www.nwl.ac.uk
- nrr@ceh.ac.uk
13. LUH Universitt Hannover
Melanie Bauer Germany
- www.fggm.uni-hannover.de
- mb@warb.uni-hannover.de
14. UNEXE University of Exeter
Dragan Savic
- www.ex.ac.uk
- d.savic@exeter.ac.uk
15. UB Universitat de Barcelona
Miquel SalgotSpain
- www.ub.edu
- salgot@ub.edu
17. GEONARDO GEONARDO Environmental Technologies Ltd
Attila Uderszky Hungary
- www.geonardo.hu
- attila.uderszky@geonardo.com
18. WL DELFT CStichting Waterloopkundig Laboratorium
Peter J.A. Gijsbers The Netherlands
- www.wldelft.nl
- peter.gijsbers@wldelft.nl
19. TNO Nederlandse Organisatie voor
Toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek
Jasper Griffioen The Netherlands
- www.tno.nl
- j.griffioen@nitg.tno.nl
20. APRE Agenzia per la Promozione della
Ricerca Europea
Diassina Di Maggio Italy
- www.apre.it
- dimaggio@apre.it
21. NTUA National Technical University of Athens
Dionysios Assimacopoulos Greece
- www.ntua.gr
- assim@chemeng.ntua.gr
22. CIHEAM-IAMB International Centre for Advanced
Mediterranean Agronomic Studies,
Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo of Bari
Mladen TodorovicItaly
- www.iamb.it
- mladen@iamb.it
23. HYD Hydrodata SpA Dorthe NielsenItaly
- www.hydrodata.it
- nielsen@hydrodata.it
24. CIRAD Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement Florent MarauxFrance
- www.cirad.fr
- florent.maraux@cirad.fr
25. IRD Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Christian LeducFrance
- www.ird.fr
- christian.leduc@ird.fr
26. HIDROMOD HIDROMOD, Modelação em Engenharia, Lda
Adlio Joaquim R. Silva Portugal
- www.hidromod.pt
- adelio@hidromod.com
27. DHI DHI Water & Environment
Franz ThomsenDenmark
- www.dhi.dk
- frt@dhigroup.com
28. WU Wageningen Universiteit
Huub ScholtenThe Netherlands
- www.wur.nl
- huub.scholten@wur.nl
29. IDC Innovation & Development Consulting Sprl
Anna BalzariniBelgium
- www.idconsulting.be
- a.balzarini@idconsulting.be
30. FEUP Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rodrigo Jorge Oliveira MaiaPortugal
- www.fe.up.pt
- rmaia@fe.up.pt
31. HYC Hydrocontrol Centro di Ricercae Formazione
per il Controllo dei Sistemi Idrici Scrl
Stefania ZaccoloItaly
- www.hydrocontrol.com
- stefania.zaccolo@hydrocontrol.com

Specify the framework within which the technology was promoted

  • International initiative

In the european scale


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