Project: Nature Based Solutions for Sustainable and Resilient Water Management in the Anthropocene

Acronym NATWIP (Reference Number: WaterJPI-JC-2018_09)
Project Topic The project "Nature Based Solutions for Water Management in the Periurban" aims to contribute to closing the water cycle gap by exploring the potentials that Nature Based Solutions (NBS) offer to address water management challenges in landscape areas that have been neglected because they lie in the transition zones between the urban and the rural, hereby referred to as periurban areas. The main objective is to exchange learning experiences among the partnership and promote the debate between science and society in order to increase awareness among practitioners and users on the application of NBS to manage water scarcity, pollution, and risks related to extreme hydrological events. There are 4 project sub-objectives which will be reached through four workpackages (WPs) aiming at (1) review of international experiences, (2) establish methodological framework to assess NBS, (3) apply the framework at each of the case study sites, and (4) create a common narrative. Besides, a fifth workpackage will be responsible for project management and communication. NATWIP aims to progress beyond the state of the art where the question of closing the water cycle gap is restricted to urban cores, ignoring the specificities of the peri-urban areas. The innovativeness of the project lies in developing an integrated methodological framework for assessing nature-based solutions for water in the peri-urban, developing a 'best practices' guidebook for promoting adoption of NBS, and in general, building and sharing knowledge on the potential of NBSs for water in the peri-urban spaces. The project will include case study sites in Norway, Sweden, Spain, Poland, South Africa, India and Brazil where the project partners have established contacts. The project is expected to contribute to themes 2 and 3 of the call.
Network WaterWorks2017
Call Water JPI 2018 Joint Call Closing the Water Cycle Gap

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Sustainable Development, environmental Science and Engineering Coordinator Sweden
2 Department: Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Faculty AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University Partner South Africa
3 Centre for Conservation & Sustainability Science, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Partner Brazil
4 Institute of Sustainability Science and Technology. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Partner Spain
5 Environment Department, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute Partner Norway
6 University of Agriculture in Krakow, Faculty of Production and Power Engineering, Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Informatics Partner Poland