Mitigation of Water Stress through new Approaches to Integrating Management, Technical, Economic and Institutional Instruments
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The context of AquaStress research activities

The activities are implemented through seven (7) Work-blocks (WB), and each WB comprises of individual Work Packages (WP), as shown in Table 6-3, with a total number of 31 WPs.

The Work-blocks operate as science management units and and Work Packages as sub-units having specific scientific objectives and results.

Each WB and WP is lead by a specified lead scientist - each is responsible for the delivery of their respective WB / WP's contributions to the project. The following table shows how the Work-blocks and Work Packages will be divided.

Project coordinator:
Dr. Alberto Puddu National Research Council IRSA, Italy

Work-block 1
Coordination of Field Activities and Stakeholder Fora

Work-block 1 is responsible for coordination of activities within Test Sites. The process of integration of hard and soft options is centred within these different Test Sites. Placing this multi-disciplinary process in the Test Sites re-enforces the role of the Stakeholders at the heart of the project. The Public Stakeholder Forum within each Test Site will support, at local level, the development of an integration process. These Fora will be the interface through which researchers will map project outcomes (research) against societal needs. The interaction of the different components of the IP, while focused upon WB1 is supported by all other WB's and particularly by the project management team (WB7).

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WP1.1 Stakeholders selection, Stakeholder bodies formation and role allocation

Coordination of Case Studies - Public Stakeholders Forum operation and functioning

Stakeholder Council operation and functioning, and Stakeholder joint assemblies

Field Implementation activities and coordination
Work-block 2
Characterisation of water stress

Activities in Work-block 2 deal with the description and analysis of the characteristics of the water stress experienced in each of the Test Sites. The analysis of the causes of water stress, as well the bottlenecks in the water management responses, will be discussed with stakeholders in the Test Sites. Indicies will be developed in WB2 to quantify and compare water stress severity. Most of the activities in Work-block 2 will be completed in the first two years of the project. Depending upon the perceived needs, the appropriate different types of expertise will be mobilised to develop solution options together with WB3.
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WP2.1 Overall Design

System characterization-Sectoral studies in Test Sites and in selected case studies

WP2.3 Cross-sectoral integration and synthesis
Work-block 3
Water Stress mitigation options

In Work-block 3 multi-disciplinary experts will work with stakeholders in the Test Sites to develop "Water Stress mitigation options". The information generated in WB2 will be integrated with knowledge brought in by experts from other sources (e.g. academia, industry, public sector, community groups). This will enable stakeholders to enhance their knowledge and ability to use a range of technical and non-technical options for water stress mitigation. The great breadth of multi-disciplinary expertise will be mobilised as part of Work-block 3. This WB is the largest in the AquaStress project and will present new challenges in respect to the integration of different skills. Physical scientists speak a different professional " language" to social scientists. In recent years experts working in multi-disciplinary teams have learned how to better communicate with other disciplines. However, in AquaStress a whole range of different disciplines will be brought together. In many cases this will result in very new combinations of different disciplines. This challenge of effective integration of expertise will be taken through to data analysis, problem definition, option development, and communication with stakeholders and training. To address this challenge, and because of its size, Work-block 3 has been organised into four Domains. This will bring more coherence to technical and non-technical expertise on supply and demand management.
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WP3.1 Alternative water sources

Integrated management of surface / groundwater

WP3.3 Technologies for water saving

WP3.4 Practices for water saving

WP3.5 Incentive mechanisms for balancing demand and supply

WP3.6 Institutional analysis

WP3.7 Procedural methods

WP3.8 Supporting sciences
Work-block 4
Infrastructure to support solutions process

The main task of Work-block 4 is the integration of knowledge, information, data and methods within the context of IT systems. Information produced during phase 1 (WB's 1 & 2) will be assembled in an Integrated Solutions Supporting System (ISSS). This knowledge base will consist of contextually sensitive IT frameworks for storing, recalling and presenting data, information and knowledge. The ISSS will be enriched with the options considered in phase 2 (WB3). The ISSS in WB4 will use the Open Modelling Interface (OpenMI) being developed as part of the FP5 HarmonIT project. It will also integrate a wide range of multi-disciplinary models (eg. physical sciences, engineering, environmental, financial, social, and cooperative planning models) in support of needs defined by AquaStress stakeholders. This will provide experts and stakeholders with new tools to integrate and assess cross-sectoral policies in the case studies.
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WP4.1 Assessment of the needs and requirements from selected cases and for methodological support of other WBs

WP4.2 State of the art in supporting tools (models, knowledge bases) within selected cases and beyond

WP4.3 Overall architectural design (relationships between all tools)

WP4.4 Design and implementation (or migration)

WP4.5 Additional tools and models

Work-block 5
Implementation, testing and evaluation of identified solutions

The integrated solutions developed in phase 3 are delivered through WB4 to the testing of feasibility in Work-block 5. It is within WB5 that knowledge from the local environment, stakeholder perceptions (WB1) and professional expertise (WB2-3), will be integrated into the tools (simulation games, role-plays) for use in participatory evaluation of preferred water stress mitigation solutions. A feature of AquaStress is its capacity to become involved with real decision-making processes taking place within each test site. These will not be theoretical situations. It is fully expected that components of the project will take on the features of a "demonstration"activity during the life of the project. Outputs and knowledge generated at all phases will be brought together, combined in various ways (methods, conceptual frameworks and guidelines), and delivered in the dissemination and training Work-block 6. .
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WP5.1 Public Participation management

WP5.2 Designing methods and tools for efficient implementation and evaluation

WP5.3 Virtual implementation and validation through group simulations

WP5.4 Field implementation and evaluation

WP5.5 Providing guidelines and results assessment

Work-block 6
Dissemination and training

This will provide dissemination using actions ranging from carefully targeted workshops to specific interest groups, to far reaching publicity through the media to the general public. The programme of workshops will include both sectorial and inter-regional meetings to cover knowledge generation and dissemination requirements of the project. Researchers will also disseminate results via the natural routes of research publications and conference proceedings. Training includes transfer of in-project generated knowledge at both technical-professional level and societal level. The latter will be carried out under the form of summer schools for different levels of society (youths, students, citizens, local organisations and agencies). Contents of training modules are discussed and agreed with project stakeholders and adapted to the different needs. Training will contribute to capacity building as some training components will address professionals and institutions.
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WP6.1 Communication dialogue and dissemination through international workshops and seminars

WP6.2 Internet based Forum and other dissemination means

WP6.3 Support to water management organisations and professionals

WP6.4 Summer schools on water stress

Work-block 7
Project management

The project management processes will also provide an additional coordinating mechanism to ensure the effective integration and smooth running of the different components of the IP through Work-block 7 "Management". A main function of the high-level management entities, the General Assemby, the Project Steering Group, the Stakeholder Council and the management structures within each Work-block will be to ensure the effective integration of resources, activities and outputs. The Stakeholder Council will include world-leading experts to advice on project integration. The data and the outputs pathways and linkages between Work-blocks for the full duration of the project are summarised in a pert diagram.
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WP7.1 Consortium management & reporting



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The Final Activity Report and the Final Plan for using and disseminating the knowledge are now available on the AquaStress Project website.

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AquaStress Final Conference and Stakeholders Workshop

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Integrated Solution Support System (I3S) evaluation workshop

Integrated Solution Support System (I3S) evaluation workshop

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