Research Integration

Several research interactions are arising within the context of the Guadiana Case Study:

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.