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Water Management Strategies against Water Scarcity in the Alps

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“The main challenges of this project are to create local Early Warning Systems against Water Scarcity in the Alps based on sound and perennial monitoring and modeling and anchored strongly and actively within a Stakeholder Forum linked across comparative and contrasting regions across the Alps. The Early Warning System is based on the linkage and improvement of field monitoring and assemblage of qualitative and quantitative data derived from anthropogenic water use in selected pilot regions in France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland. The aims are to implement water management at the short term (annual) scale as well as the long term (future scenarios) scale based on modeling under climate change and anthropogenic scenarios. Future water shortages should be prognosed and prevented by innovative measures of mitigation and adaptation. Awareness raising and stakeholder interaction will form an important part of problem identification, participation in the project, dissemination of results and implementation of new approaches.” Source: Alp-Water-Scarce project summary





Results of a project can be differentiated in outputs, outcomes and impacts of an intervention. Source:OECD Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management.

OutputCategoryLanguage(s)Target groupRemark
Handbook “Water Management in a Changing Environment”ReportEN Decision makers, Civil servants / administration The handbook offers an overview of the main outputs of the project. In the first sections, a definition of ‘water scarcity’ and different stakeholder perspectives on the term are presented. An overview of water scarcity problems in different sectors and the legal aspects of water governance at different levels are then provided. In the last section, recommendations to address water scarcity are proposed. This “Case-Study-Based Recommendations for Water Managers and Policy Makers” is the critical and largest section of the handbook.
Recommandations for Water Resources Managers and Policy-makers(Policy)RecommendationsEN, DE, FR, IT, SIDecision makers, Civil servants / administrationEasy-to-read summary of the projects' recommendations for Water Managers and Policy-makers
A short Guideline on "Monitoring and Modelling of Mountain Water Resources" GuidelinesENCivil servants / administrationTechnical guidelines divided into three parts. The first part considers monitoring issues that arise in quantifying the meteorological, hydroecological and anthropogenic components of the water cycle. The second part deals with numerical hydrological modelling issues. The third part explains how monitoring and modelling efforts should be combined together.
Climatic scenarios guidelinesGuidelinesENScientistsThis methodological and technical guideline proposes a common methodology to calculate future climatic scenarios for Pilot Sites within the Alp-Water-Scarce project.
Summary of a stakeholders survey on the perception of water scarcitypolicy oriented summaryEN, DE, FR, IT, SIDecision makers, Civil servants / administrationIn order to collect information on the perception of water scarcity a stakeholder questionnaire has been developed and translated into 5 different languages (EN, FR, DE, IT, SI). The analysis of 91 questionnaires collected by the Alp-Water-Scarce consortium identified the complexity of problems resulting from water scarcity at different levels.
Report on "Generalisation of drought effects on ecosystem goods and services over the Alps"ReportENScientistsThe report concentrates on some of the most relevant ecosystem goods and services regarding agriculture, forestry, water resources and tourism. A list of ecosystem goods and services is presented, and the probability of future droughts in the Alps is shortly discussed. For each group of services, a review of worldwide trends is given, followed by a discussion of drought effects in Europe and especially in the Alps. Finally, an overview of adaptation options is given.
Outcomes and Impacts

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