CC-WaterS: the methodology.
How to handle the topic of "climate change"?
Climate change is a fact supported by all relevant studies, institutions and organizations. Still disputed is the range of the possible change. These uncertainties are not only due to scientific and methodological deficiencies, but also depend on social development. The direction of development depends on decisions and measures to be set in an environment characterized by uncertainties. CC-WaterS regards these provisions, which ask for a flexible response, and tries to implement a corresponding methodology.
For implantation of the activities CC-WaterS has three types of partners to achieve the project objectives: governmental bodies, research institutions and end users, complementing their respective functions.
The main outputs and benefits of CC-WaterS
The water supply management sector has only started to take climate change into account. Current water management practices are likely to be inadequate to reduce impacts of climate change on water supply reliability. Therefore the main result of CC-WaterS is a SEE water supply management system, regarding optimization of water extraction and land use restrictions under climate change scenarios for water suppliers in SEE.
Further results of CC-WaterS accomplished activities are
- determination of imbalances based on different water demands
- information strategies for SEE public, policy makers and stakeholders about relation among ecosystem services, water treatment and costs
- profit from best practices in land use for safeguarding recharge areas for future water supply for stakeholders and end users
- increased awareness of stakeholders and policy makers of relations between water supply management measures and socio-economic aspects
- enhanced water suppliers’ crisis management
- sustainable national, regional and local water supply management practice in SEE
- future drinking water resources availability and safety.
Achievement and durability of results are supported by
- a clearly structured project progress supervision system
- clearly defined workflows and partner cooperation requirements
- target/actual expenses monitoring, solid communication strategy for dissemination and capitalisation of results during and after the project and
- the constitution of a Scientific Advisory Board improving knowledge management within the partnership.
Water supply is a service of general interest which will be essential also in the far future. Institutionalised organizations providing services are necessary and will thus have political support. The financial means for water supply are and will be paid by the water consumers. If the results of CC-WaterS are an improvement to the system, they will be taken up by water suppliers eagerly. Taking these conclusions into account, sustainability is ensured.
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