Project AG-WaMED

Advancing non conventional water management for innovative climate-resilient water governance in the Mediterranean Area

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AG-WaMED aims to provide innovative, participatory and evidence-based management solutions for water scarcity governance that can be applied at Mediterranean level. Specifically, the project will address the problem of water scarcity by including Non-Conventional Waters (NWA) (wastewater, runoff water collection, desalinated) among the available resources to be included in water governance policies.

The project will achieve the envisaged objectives through a transdisciplinary approach, integrating state-of-the-art soil, water and agronomic modelling to support evidence-based water management in four Living Labs (LLs) located in Mediterranean river basins (including one transboundary case). 

A set of participatory models will allow the co-definition and co-assessment of different water allocation scenarios to improve water governance in each LL, taking into account the decisive impact of NCW use to ensure climate resilient strategies under a climate change vision. 

A flexible but comprehensive socio-economic approach procedure will enable the evaluation of such scenarios and trigger a feedback mechanism to generate an adaptive learning environment in the AG-WaMED LLs. The whole process will inform new water allocation models and produce an innovative framework for improving water governance and reducing conflicts in water stress contexts in the Mediterranean.

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Project objectives


To offer innovative and evidence-based solutions for participatory water scarcity management, with the potential to expand throughout the Mediterranean region.

Main results

Hydrological modelling

Hydrological modelling of critical areas in the Mediterranean Basin;

Water management technologies

Simulation of the use of non-conventional water management technologies.

Participatory models

Development of participatory models for the co-definition and co-evaluation of different water allocation scenarios.

Innovative framework

Production of an innovative framework to improve water governance and reduce conflicts in water-stressed contexts in the Mediterranean.

Living Labs

Supporting evidence-based water management through four Living Labs.

Estimation of the monetary values

Estimation of the monetary values of the benefits derived from the use of NCW.