Several research interactions are arising within the context of the Guadiana Case Study:
- Interaction between Amudarya Case Study and Guadiana Case Study: From the 15th to 21st of June 2008, Ms. Gulbarga Tilyavova and Mr. Rashid Koshekov from Amudarya Case Study visited the Guadiana basin. Ms. Tilyavova is the Vice-Head of Amudarya River Authority and Mr. Koshekov is Deputy Head of management of Lower Amudarya Basin (Ministry of Agriculture and Water). T hey held a very deep and intensive agenda that showed them the different approaches of the water management and the current problems of the Upper Guadiana Basin.
- Collaboration between WP3.4, GEUS and CEH/UO: On 20-22 November 2006 a technical meeting was held in Madrid to start the joint development of a Bayesian Belief Network for the Upper Guadiana Basin. The meeting was hosted by. A second meeting was held also in Madrid on 27-29 March 2007.
- Collaboration between WP 2.1, WP 1.7 and WP3.4: A WEAP21 workshop (was held in Madrid on 26-30 June 2006, and was coordinated by the UPM team. Members of UPM, SEI (Boston & Oxford offices), UCM, IGME, and the Guadiana Water Authorities attended the meeting.
- Interaction between WP 1.5 and WP 3.4: GEUS, CEMAGREF (WP 1.5) and IGME (a stakeholder of the Guadiana Case study, WP 3.4) decided to establish a scientific collaboration, whose basis were set at a meeting in Madrid on 10 April 2006.
- Interaction between NeWater and AQUASTRESS: Both projects are working on the Guadiana river basin and can mutually benefit from their different scientific focus on the area. On 21 June 2005 a meeting was held in Madrid, to define how to create stronger links between these two EU-funded project.
WP3.4 coordinates an integrated research team, involving several NeWater WPs. The following paragraphs outline some of the work carried out to date.
Adaptive management tools such as WEAP 21 have been applied at the upper basin scale by an interdisciplinary team from several NeWater WPs. These include WP1.7 (UPM), WP2.1 (SEI - Oxford and Boston), WP3.4 (UCM and IGME). The Guadiana Water Authority participated actively in the development of the model.
The Guadiana team also provides a “landing strip” for applied research in the basin on the part of other WPs. This task included extensive work in terms of establishing contacts between NeWater partners and Guadiana stakeholders and providing interaction opportunities. In addition, UCM members maintained a series of personal interviews with NeWater scientists in order to introduce the latter to key water management issues in the basin. WPs benefiting from this assessment include WP1.7 (USF), WP1.5 (GEUS, CEMAGREF and CEH), and WB4 (GEUS and CEH), WP2.1 (SEI) and WP3.1 (CEMAGREF) among others.
Besides, WP3.4 carried out applied research, focusing first on the development of stakeholder-requested adaptive management tools and second on the application of these through participatory scenario design and simulation. Technical tools developed include a hydrological model for participatory scenario design and evaluation, as well as the development of decision support systems. UCM, UPM and IGME have provided specific adaptive management tools aimed at testing and analyzing the outcomes of EU and national water and agricultural policies.
ISQ presented a research plan for the lower Guadiana/transboundary part of the case study during the General Assembly (October 2006), following difficulties to reach an agreement of the NeWater and Aquastress projects for a common case study. At this stage, several WPs have begun their work in the lower Guadiana, including CEMAGREF which has begun to develop a buffering capacity management model for the Caia reservoir.