Project: Innovative options for Integrated Water Resources Management in the Mediterranean

Acronym INNOMED (Reference Number: WaterJPI-JC-2016_12)
Duration 01/06/2017 - 31/05/2020
Project Topic There is a growing interest on achieving a better understanding on the interactions between land use and climate and their effect on water resources and people's livelihoods, with the aim of improving long-term sustainable water use. This is even more relevant in areas such as the EU Mediterranean (EUM) region, which is a major climate change hotspot due to water scarcity, concentration of activities, and reliance on climate-sensitive resources. Irrigated agriculture is the largest water user (largest blue-water footprint) in the EUM, accounting for more than 50% of total water withdrawal, largely doubling the EU average. Among non-extractive water uses, forests and rainfed agriculture have the largest green-water footprint and play a fundamental role on the allocation of effective rainfall between green- and blue-water flows, determining the water available for other uses. INNOMED promotes a holistic approach to water resources management by: i) considering the full water cycle as manageable and the catchment scale as the most relevant; and ii) addressing the integrated management of land and water, with a special focus on irrigated agriculture and forests. Its main objective is to develop and test advanced modelling tools to quantify the physical and economic effects of alternative land management options in order to improve water use efficiency in both sectors and promote sustainable water management solutions. INNOMED addresses scientific challenges: i) estimating the allocation of green- and blue-water flows by different land uses and their spatial and temporal variations, at the catchment scale; ii) determining the water footprint of different management options on forests and irrigated crops, including experimental trials, field monitoring and modelling, at the field scale; iii) integrating physical and economic flows resulting from alternative management options. An enhanced interface between scientists and stakeholders (water and forest managers and farmers) in five pilot study sites will allow: i) mapping and devising current and innovative water-use efficient land management options; ii) gathering relevant biophysical and socio-economic data needed for analysis; and iii) focusing on relevant issues for the practical implementation of IWRM in the pilot study sites and beyond. INNOMED will provide scientific research outcomes of high standards taking into account the current biophysical and socio-economic challenges in the EUM region, and provide resilient solutions aiming at reducing the pressure for water in the agriculture and forestry sectors, while strengthening international cooperation in water research.
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Network WaterWorks2015
Call 2016 JOINT CALL: Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Coordinator Spain
2 The Cyprus Institute Partner Cyprus
3 Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement Partner France
4 National Research Council of Italy– Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in Mediterranean Partner Italy
5 Politecnico di Milano Partner Italy
6 Research Institute of Field Crops "Selectia" Partner Moldova
7 Associação para a Inovação e desenvolvimento da FCT (NOVA.ID.FCT) Partner Portugal