There is a growing interest in 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 blue water user 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 availability 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 management level; 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 specific scientific challenges in:
i) estimating the allocation of green-and blue-water flows of 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 the 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
- Acronym: INNOMED
- Website: http://innomed.csic.es
- Center: EEWRC
- Funding Source: Water-JPI, ERANET Cofunds Waterworks2015, funded by the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation
- CyI Funding: € 174,960
- Starting Date: 1/6/2017
- End Date: 31/5/2020
- Coordinator: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement,
National Research Council of Italy
Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in Mediterranean
Politecnico di Milano
Research Institute of Field Crops "Selectia"
Associação para a Inovação e desenvolvimento da FCT