Selected projects

  • BRIGAID: BRIdging the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience

    Recent studies from the IPCC indicate that Europe is particularly prone to increased risks of river and coastal floods, droughts resulting in water restrictions and damages from extreme weather such as heat events and wildfires. Evaluations also show a huge potential to reduce these risks with novel adaptation strategies. Researchers, innovators and incubators develop innovative products and services […]

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  • System-Risk: A large-scale systems approach to flood risk assessment and management

    System-Risk is a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network which aims on developing and implementing a systems approach for large-scale flood risk assessment and management and provides a framework for training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). In collaboration with the Royal Meteorological Institute (KNMI), FutureWater will be the…

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  • IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes

    FutureWater leads the coordination of the “Agriculture and Drought” sectoral Work Package of IMPREX. This WP specifically aims to study and evaluate the use of IMPREX weather forecasts and predictions, climate variability, and drought indicators to assess agricultural drought risk and impacts over four case studies and at the pan-European…

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  • HI-AWARE: Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience

    HI-AWARE is one of four consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). HI-AWARE aims to contribute to enhanced adaptive capacities and climate resilience of the poor and vulnerable women, men, and children living in the mountains and flood plains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins through the development […]

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  • ThirdEye: Flying Sensors to Support Farmers’ Decision Making

    Securing Water for Food: Grand Challenge for Development Approximately 2.8 billion people – 40% of the world’s population – live in river basins impacted by water scarcity. Of those impacted, 1.2 billion people live in areas of physical water scarcity, where demand is greater than the available supply. Another 1.6 billion people face economic water […]

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  • Strategic Basin Planning Ganga River Basin

    The Ganges is the most populated river basin in the world and is home to half the population of India including two-thirds of the nation’s poor people. The basin provides over one-third of the available surface water in India and is the focus of over half the national water use – 90 percent of this […]

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  • Hydropower development assessment for the Tamakoshi River Basin

    The overall objective of this project is to improve the understanding of the expected impacts of climate change on water availability in the context of potential hydropower development in the Tamakoshi River Basin. Specifically, the project aims to (i) Understand the current baseline hydrological regime of the Tamakoshi River Basin,…

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  • Hydrological Evaluation and Ecosystem Valuation of the Lukanga Swamps

    Zambia’s Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection is in the process of defining the policy framework and agenda to guide wetlands management. As part of this planning process, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is partnering with the Ministry and other stakeholders to develop a management plan for the Lukanga Swamps, which is an important […]

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  • Capacity Building to Assess Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Armenia

    This project will build capacity in the relevant staffs in Armenia in using appropriate models for projections of CC impacts and vulnerability in priority sectors and areas of the country. The technical assistance in vulnerability modelling will fill the gaps in vulnerability assessment with projections in the priority area of agriculture and related to it […]

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  • Inclusive development paths for healthy Red River landscapes

    Rapid land use changes in the Red River Basin threaten water resources. This project will be working in the Day River Catchment, a Red River distributary important for Hanoi, where most of these problems are manifest. The project will develop equitable and economically viable pathways for the land and water…

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  • Improved watershed practices for hydropower in Mbé River

    It is essential for Gabon to identify sustainable financing mechanisms for the long-term conservation of its protected areas. The development of economic instruments such as Payment for Environmental Services (PES) that take into account the non-market value of ecosystem services is considered one promising response to the challenges of linking…

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  • Water2Invest Regional Demonstrator

    To adapt to a changing climate, large investments are required across the globe. The World Bank (2010), estimates required investments in the range of USD 70-100 billion annually in developing countries, and the global total cost of potential climate change damage are tenfold this amount. Governments, regional development banks, international donors and investors require information […]

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  • Training in Water Resources Modelling for ARA-Sul

    The mission of ARA-Sul and ARA-Norte is to make sure that the appropriate amount of good-quality water is delivered to the water-users at the desired place and time. In order to realize this mission, the ARAs deliver products in the form of data, advice, services and permits. Data that is gathered consists of rainfall, discharge, […]

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  • Catchment Study: Water Balance and Allocation Modelling in Rwanda

    In an effort to introduce integrated land and water management within hydrological units (catchments), the Government of Rwanda, through Water for Growth Rwanda, has commenced the development of catchment plans. Water for Growth Rwanda, a platform to promote improved, integrated management of Rwanda’s water resources (IWRM), is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of […]

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  • Climate Cascades

    A few years ago project Climate Cascades was initiated by a consortium consisting of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Utrecht University, VITO (Belgium), and ALTERRA. The project aims at gaining an improved understanding on the effects of climate change on contaminants in the hydrological system.…

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  • Using satellite data for wildfire mitigation

    Several large wildfires have taken place in The Netherlands in recent years. Although the affected surface area is small in comparison to other countries, the societal risk is substantial due to the intensive use of natural areas for recreation, tourism, timber production, military practice, etc. In addition, high-risk vegetation is often located adjacent to highways, […]

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  • GEISEQ: Toolbox for the surveillance and the efficient management of droughts

    The GEISEQ project aims to develop a Decision Support System for Drought Management integrating a set of tools for: a) the detection, surveillance and monitoring of drought periods, b) the prediction and spatial analysis of their potential impacts, and c) supporting users and decision makers on the best and more…

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  • Impacts of climate change and sustainable land management investments on the Upper Tana

    “WISE-UP to Climate” is a project launched by the IUCN Global Water Programme that will demonstrate natural infrastructure as a ‘nature-based solution’ for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. The project’s name stands for ‘Water Infrastructure Solutions from Ecosystem Services Underpinning Climate Resilient Policies and Programmes’. WISE-UP runs over a four -year period and link […]

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  • Flying Sensors for Ultra-High Resolution Flood Risk Identification at Local Scales

    The outputs of this project can be summarized as providing real time dike and levee information at local scales (up to 10,000 ha) that is collected, analysed and used at the same local scale. The output is divided into two components. First, the Flying Sensor information will be used for…

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  • Development of a Water Allocation Model of the Incomati River Basin

    Two water allocation models were developed in this project as a tool to support policy evaluation and improve strategic and operational decision making procedures of ARA-Sul. WEAP (Water Evaluation And Planning) was chosen as modelling framework. Different scenarios were implemented in WEAP to show the impacts of possible changes and…

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  • CITRUSFLUX: Water and carbon balances in irrigated Citrus agrosystems

    During 5 years, the Agroforestry Engineering department of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) measured the water and carbon fluxes in three Citrus commercial farms located in the Campo de Cartagena (Murcia, Spain) using a combination of field and Eddy-covariance measurements and satellite observations. FutureWater supported this project and carried…

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  • Rainfall input data for hydrological model in the Tana Basin

    ‘WISE-UP to climate’ is a project that demonstrates natural infrastructure as a ‘nature-based solution’ for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. The project will develop knowledge on how to use portfolios of built water infrastructure (eg. dams, levees, irrigation channels) and natural infrastructure (eg. wetlands, floodplains, watersheds) for poverty reduction, water-energy-food security, biodiversity conservation, and […]

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  • Central Asia Regional Risk Assessment for Water Related Energy Sector Impacts

    The energy sector is sensitive to changes in seasonal weather patterns and extremes that can affect the supply of energy, harm transmission capacity, disrupt oil and gas production, and impact the integrity of transmission pipelines and power distribution. Most infrastructure has been built to design codes based on historic climate data and will require rehabilitation, […]

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  • Demonstration of remote sensing information for integrated reservoir management in the Red River Basin in Northern Vietnam

    In 2011 the Vietnamese and Dutch government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Government to Government (G2G) programme for improved integrated planning and monitoring of water resources for transboundary water management and disaster risk management. Special attention within this cooperation is given to the use of remote sensing and Geographical Information […]

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  • Fresh Water Options Optimization

    This project identifies opportunities for innovative solutions that decrease local fresh water shortages in economic vulnerable regions under increasing water stress (droughts, salinization). Solutions like climate adaptive drainage, aquifer storage and recovery and levee bank infiltration are considered innovations that strengthen regional agricultural economy and reduce water stress due to climate change. The project has […]

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  • Review Climate Change Hindu-Kush-Himalaya

    FutureWater provided a comprehensive review study on climate change and the impacts on cryosphere, hydrological regimes and glacier lakes in the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins. This review study was done in the context of future hydropower development in the region.

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  • Training in Water Resources and Allocation Models

    A Tailor-Made Training was provided to three ARAs in Mozambique, being ARA-Centro (Beira), ARA-Centro-Norte (Nampula), and ARA-Norte (Pemba). The provided Tailor-Made Training focused on learning to work with a Water Resources and Water Allocation Model, and apply them to a catchment in Mozambique. Emphasis was put on how these tools…

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  • Q fever and physical environmental factors

    There are strong indications that the risk of infection in humans with Q fever depends on physical environmental factors such as warm weather with dry soils and a certain wind. In this study, the influence of these factors, soil type and, in particular, usage and humidity are examined, taking into…

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  • Preliminary Study for a Payment for Watershed Services Scheme

    This project pilots a Payment for Watershed Services (PWS) scheme in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) in Uganda. The goal of the pilot is to study the feasibility of the PWS scheme in the watersheds of the Mubuku and Nyamwamba rivers and supporting nature conservation and a healthy watershed…

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  • Economic assessment of management alternatives in the protected areas of LAG Campoder

    This project aims to advertise about the environmental assets found in the LAG Campoder at the Murcia Region (SE Spain), and to quantify using social and economic techniques the degree in which these assets are perceived by local population. FutureWater is responsible for the characterization and description of three representative…

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  • OWASIS-UK: Observatory of Water Availability – System of Integrated Services

    Water supply and sanitation in the United Kingdom is modern and of good quality. However, increasing pressure on freshwater resources is a major concern to UK. Water is needed for irrigation, forestry, industrial users, environmental flows for country’s river systems, and for human consumption. With increasing pollution and economic growth, these pressures will continue to […]

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  • Erosion assessment for Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

    The purpose of this study is to support The Nature Conservancy in its effort in a first level scoping assessment on erosion levels in the Tuungane project area in Tanzania. Hydrological modelling is used to quantify erosion patterns and its relations with land use and management in a number of…

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  • ASSET: Accounting System for the SEgura river and Transfers

    Most European countries are affected by the consequences of water scarcity, droughts and land degradation caused by water resources over-exploitation and exacerbated by climate change. Implications hereof are plenty, including changes in river flows and seasonality, land-use changes and extensive water withdrawals. Most probably water scarcity, droughts and desertification (e.g. the degradation of land in […]

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  • SIRRIMED: Sustainable use of irrigation water in the Mediterranean Region

    SIRRIMED project will address issues related to sustainable use of water in Mediterranean irrigated agricultural systems, with the overall aim of optimizing irrigation water use. The approach proposed in SIRRIMED for reaching this goal will be based in an Integrated Water Irrigation Management (IWIM) where the improved water use efficiency will be considered at farm, […]

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  • Water Resources Model for the Kenate Basin in South-Sudan

    As there is an urgent need for informed decision making in ongoing and upcoming land and water resource development plans, the governments of South Sudan and the Netherlands (GoN) initiated a program for the Water Sector in Eastern Equatoria State (ProWasEES). The overall objective of this program is that “Kenate…

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  • Hydrological pre-feasibility assessment for the Romuku hydropower plant, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Following the successful development of other hydropower facilities in Indonesia, a new project aims to study the potential of the “Romuku” run-of-river power plant in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. A first step is to undertake a pre-Feasibility Study which will result in a go no-go decision for a more detailed Feasibility…

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  • Online field-scale irrigation management for Romania

    In April 2013, Partners for Water NL decided to start the project by Crop-R, DACOM, and FutureWater. The project’s target is to setup and test a field-scale irrigation planning and management system. The basis for this system is formed by online in-situ ground data on soil moisture content and hydrological model calculations of the root […]

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  • Water2Invest: Climate Investment Support Portal

    Decisions makers responsible for climate change adaptation investments are confronted with a huge knowledge gap. On the other hand, scientists have gained much fundamental knowledge about climate impacts, but practical use of this knowledge is very limited as applied tools as well as knowledge transition is sparse. We aim to build a web-based service from […]

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  • DAISY: Daring Applications & Innovations in sensor SYstems

    Developments within the area of electronic sensor systems follow up at high speed. Staying up to date is of great importance. Several business companies in the eastern part of The Netherlands have a strong position in developing, producing, and selling of sensor systems, components and technology. These companies are innovators and know how to bring […]

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  • SWIMM: Soil Water evaluation system based on Integrated Measurements and Modelling

    The main objective of the project is to support policy making, under current and future climate conditions, on optimal water management in nature reserve areas, based on uniform and consistent data collection. The project will build upon knowledge developed under the “Klimaat voor Ruimte” framework and will refine and demonstrate a method, sufficiently supported by […]

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  • Water and Climate Services for transboundary water management and disaster risk management

    The Government of Vietnam is challenged to make adequate decisions to adapt to climate change and sea level rise through an integrated approach (agriculture, industry, environment, urbanization and infrastructure). In Vietnam many meteorological stations collect the actual weather conditions. Due to changing weather conditions these historical data are not very reliable for future projection in […]

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  • Water Allocation Model Development to Support Decision Making Procedures

    The Umbeluzi River is an important source of water supply to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Furthermore, the Umbeluzi supplies water to agricultural areas and the industrial sector. Sustainable management of the Umbeluzi water resources is one of the responsibilities of ARA-Sul. ARA-Sul is facing the challenge to meet water demands; long-term water availability is […]

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  • Impacts of Climate Change in Uganda on the Water Sector

    Climate change and variability affects countries’ economies and households through a variety of channels. Uganda’s 2010–2015 five-year National Development Plan (NDP) already recognizes that addressing the challenges of climate change is crucial to enhancing sustainable economic and social development. Most of the key economic sectors – such as forestry, energy and agriculture – will be […]

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  • Climate adaptation Colombia

    In 2011 Colombia, and especially the Magdelena river, was severely hit by large floodings. At the same time drought was experienced in other parts of the river basin. This triggered the Colombian government and water institutions to enforce the attention given to water security and dike safety and opened opportunities for the Dutch government and […]

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  • INTOGENER: Integration of EO data and GNSS-R signals for ENERgy applications

    The need of having accurate short and mid-term forecasting of the water flow generated from snowmelt in mountain basins is an important component for water management and hydropower activities in several areas at a global scale. Due to the remoteness and difficult access to basins especially in cold weather conditions, where in-situ snow measurements, water […]

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  • Water Planning Tools to Support Water Governance

    Mozambique is a very poor country with a GDP of around 400 US$/year/person. However, its economic growth is 5 to 10% a year. Much of this economic growth is related to capital-intensive international projects that are high water demanding (aluminum smelter, hydropower, transportation, irrigation). Also the water use by the drinking water companies grows as […]

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  • Gridded Meteorological Datasets and Hydrological Modelling in the Upper Indus Basin

    The Indus basin is a densely populated area and water supplied by the Indus River is extremely important for agriculture, domestic use and hydropower production. The Indus is largely dependent on melt water generated in the Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains. Understanding of the hydrological regimes in the mountainous Upper Indus basin (UIB) is […]

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  • The Nairobi Water Fund: hydrologic modelling and economic valuation of investment options

    The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has established more than a dozen Water Funds in Latin America and the United States that are helping protect water sources for millions of people. These Water Funds function like endowments: they are capitalized to a sufficient level to generate substantial earnings annually, which are then disbursed for conservation, ensuring a […]

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  • Green Water Credits demonstration project Algeria

    Green Water Credits can be seen as an investment mechanism for upstream farmers to practice soil and water management activities that generate benefits for downstream water users, which are currently unrecognized and unrewarded. This initiative is driven by economic, environmental and social benefits. The implementation of GWC has the potential of enhancing overall water management […]

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  • Mapping the Potential for Rainwater Harvesting under Various Scenarios

    Rainwater harvesting aims at reaching those people not having access to sufficient and good quality fresh water. They often live in rural areas where other means of water supply are not sufficient or feasible. Within these areas groundwater is not accessible (at technically and/or financially unreachable depths) or potable (due to water quality issues, like […]

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  • Towards a Mekong Delta Portal

    The impacts of flash floods, droughts and the effects of climate change have become a topic of strong political and public interest in Vietnam. Studies have shown that the Mekong Delta is very vulnerable to floods and droughts, which will intensify due to climate change. With more extreme weather events such as typhoons, the delta […]

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  • Green Water Management and Credits Toolkit for China

    In June 2012, ISRIC, FutureWater, and Nelen en Schuurmans won the project, financed by Partners for Water. Green Water Management & Credits is a concept developed by ISRIC. It allows quantification of water supply and demand, erosion reduction, yield increase, sedimentation amounts, and hydropower production that is needed to calculate the economic costs and benefits […]

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  • Review of the First Hydroponic Greenhouses Project at Barka, Oman

    Oman is one of the world’s most arid countries where water availability fully relies on groundwater resources and desalinization plants. The average annual rainfall depth has been estimated is around 60 mm, varying from less than 20 mm in the internal desert regions to over 300 mm in the mountain areas. This rainfall on mountain […]

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  • Development of baseline climate data set and trend analysis in the Mekong River Basin

    The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has its Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI), which is a collaborative regional effort of MRC Member Countries (Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam) to support processes of adapting to the new challenges posed by climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin. The CCAI is developing its first “Status of […]

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  • Food Supply and Demand under Climate Change in the Lower Mekong Basin

    The Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI) is a collaborative regional effort of MRC Member Countries (Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam) to support processes of adapting to the new challenges posed by climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB). The main focus is a basin wide integrated approach to adaptation planning consistent with […]

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  • Water and Adaptation Interventions in Central and West Asia

    Water resources management in the Central Asia region faces big challenges. The hydrological regimes of the two major rivers in the region, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya, are complex and vulnerable to climate change. Water diversions to agricultural, industrial and domestic users have reduced flows in downstream regions, resulting in severe ecological damages. […]

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  • Climate change indicators for Mekong River Commission

    Climate change is likely to pose major challenges for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB). Therefore, information on climate change, its impact and climate change adaptation are required to enable decision-making to develop and implement appropriate response measures. A monitoring and reporting system on climate change and adaptation can help to track changes and to store […]

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  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Towards a widening of the water agenda

    The time that water challenges could be addressed in isolation has past. Trends as population growth and economic development are increasing the demand for water, food, and energy. In addition the impact of climate change will have huge consequences on water and food availability. If we fail to move to a more sustainable use of […]

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  • Agricultural runoff and urban flooding in Mauritius

    The rural areas of Mauritius are increasingly subject to flooding problems due to the rapid developments that took place over the last decades. In recent times, the problem has become so acute in some areas resulting in fatal accidents and damages to households. The government has intervened by taking some ad-hoc measures to relieve the […]

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  • Water availability analysis for the upper Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra river basins

    ICIMOD is the implementing agency for the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) that runs from January 2011 to December 2015. HICAP addresses climate change adaptation challenges across different related disciplines such as water resources, ecosystem services, food security, vulnerability and gender. Part of the project is related to the generation of water availability scenarios […]

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  • Climate Adaptive Drainage

    In May 2011, FutureWater and partners won the project, initiated by AgentschapNL, part of the Ministry of Public Works & Environment, to study and develop a climate adaptive drainage system (SBIR contract 11308). The concept of Climate Adaptive Drainage is such that regional-scale water managers and local-scale farmers co-operate on the drainage system, in order […]

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  • Assessing the effects of farm-level irrigation modernization on water availability and crop yields

    Egypt is modernizing its irrigation systems and management practices from supply-based to demand-based irrigation water supply. The expected result is that farmers will intake less irrigation water, as they are assured that water is continuously available. During this project, the consequence of changing from supply-based irrigation to demand-based irrigation on water availability, crop production, groundwater […]

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  • Addressing Climate Vulnerability of Africa’s Infrastructure

    The infrastructure deficit in Africa is vast. The World Bank estimates that $US 93 billion is needed to improve Africa’s infrastructure; nearly half of it on power supply. This amount will be much greater for new infrastructure that is (i) low carbon, (ii) climate proofed, and (iii) developmentally-sound and sustainable. Climate change is expected to […]

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  • Mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation into agriculture in the Southern Caucasus

    Agriculture continues to be critical for poverty reduction, employment, economic growth and food security in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). Agricultural production, processing, and related services remain an important source of income in many ECA countries (approaching 30% of GDP in Central Asia). However, the agricultural sector is highly climate sensitive and potential adverse changes […]

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  • Spatial and temporal rainfall variability in the Tungurahua province of Ecuador

    Accurate information on spatial rainfall patterns are crucial for many hydrological applications and for water resources planning, but are rather sparse, principally due to the limited number of weather stations in certain parts of the basins. Despite its importance, obtaining this data remains a challenge especially in high mountain areas, where the number of weather […]

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  • High-resolution versus coarse-resolution remote sensing images in crop yield forecasting

    Crop growth models play a major role in sustaining the world-wide food security. These models are used to simulate crop growth during the growing season, and to forecast final crop yields at the end of the growing season. These crop growth models provide the farmer with the option to simulate certain farm management measures (e.g. […]

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  • Assessment of the Irrigation Potential in Nile Countries in Central Africa

    The countries included in the Nile Equatorial Lake sub-basins face an ever increasing pressure on land and water resources, together with rapid population growth. As a result, food production is one of the main concerns and priorities of policymakers in the area. Irrigation and improved water resources management have the potential to boost agricultural productivity […]

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  • CEOP-AEGIS: Hydrology and meteorology of the Tibetan Plateau

    CEOP-AEGIS stands for “Coordinated Asia-European long-term Observing system of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau hydro-meteorological processes and the Asian-monsoon systEm with Ground satellite Image data and numerical Simulations”. It is a Collaborative Project / Small or medium-scale focused research project “Specific International Co-operation Action” financed by the European Commission under FP7 topic ENV.2007.4.1.4.2 “Improving observing systems for water […]

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  • REDSIM: Farm information and advisory systems for deficit irrigation management

    In many areas of Southern Spain and other Mediterranean Countries, there is scope for improving the productivity of presently irrigated lands, even if the cost of irrigation water increases. Increasing the productivity of water in agriculture holds a key to mitigating the impact of water scarcity due to natural (drought events) or human over-consumption. A […]

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  • DMIAT: Drought Monitoring and Impact Assessment Toolbox for Vietnam

    In November, NL EVD International commissioned a call to write a proposal for an ‘Early Deliverable’ to be presented in Vietnam. The goal of this ‘Early Deliverable’ was to demonstrate to the people in Vietnam what the Dutch water sector can offer to Vietnam, with respect to Water & Climate related services. This project was […]

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  • The Middle East and North Africa Regional Water Outlook

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is considered the most water-scarce region of the world. Disputes over water lead to tension within communities, and unreliable water services are prompting people to migrate in search of better opportunities. Water investments absorb large amounts of public funds, which could often be used more efficiently elsewhere. […]

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  • Monitoring of Glacier, Climate and Runoff in the Hindu – Kush Himalayan Mountains

    Water is becoming an increasingly critical factor in Asia. The catchments of Hindu – Kush Himalayan (HKH) are a source of a significant portion of this water. Glaciers are a component of the HKH water budget. There is general agreement that a widespread retreat of the global ice cover has been occurring since at least […]

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  • Hydrological impact of Green Water Credits measures in the Sebou Basin in Morocco

    Green Water Credits can be seen as an investment mechanism for upstream farmers to practice soil and water management activities that generate benefits for downstream water users, which are currently unrecognized and unrewarded. This initiative is driven by economic, environmental and social benefits. The implementation of GWC has the potential of enhancing overall water management […]

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  • Erosion and reservoir sedimentation in Tana basin, Kenya

    This project will undertake an assessment of the soil erosion and sediment loads in Upper Tana Catchment areas and estimate the impact of sediment deposition on the reservoir capacities of the principal dams. A physiographical baseline will be established through an intensive monitoring campaign of flow and sediment loads throughout the basin, bathymetric surveys of […]

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  • Green Water Credits Mechanism to support sustainable water use in Africa

    Green Water Credits can be seen as an investment mechanism for upstream farmers to practice soil and water management activities that generate benefits for downstream water users, which are currently unrecognized and unrewarded. This initiative is driven by economic, environmental and social benefits. The implementation of GWC has the potential of enhancing overall water management […]

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  • Vulnerability to Climate Change in Agricultural Systems in Europe and Central Asia

    The objective of the analytical and advisory program “Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change in Agricultural Systems” is to enhance the ability of four countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) to mainstream climate change adaptation into agricultural policies, programs, and investments. These countries are Albania, Moldova, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan. This objective will be achieved by […]

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  • Hydrological seasonal forecasts in mountaineous basins

    This project is a three year scientific research project supported by the Casimir program of NWO, that aims at promoting the exchange of reserachers between the private and academic sector. The project focuses on the hydrology and cryosphere of the Himalayas and deals with the influence of snow cover of the Himalayas and the Tibetan […]

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  • Development of agriculture in the Gambella region, Ethiopia

    Karuturi Ltd. obtained land in Ethiopia and started the development of two farms: Bako (~10,000 ha) and Gambella (~130,000 ha). A plan for an integrated agricultural water management strategy has been developed for both farms. The Gambella farm covers a truly vast area of 130,000 ha. Savannah land is currently under phased reclamation. In 2010, […]

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  • Bias Correction for Satellite Precipitation Estimation used by the MRC Mekong Flood Forecasting System

    The Regional Flood Management and Mitigation Centre (RFMMC) has been established in Phnom Penh, Cambodia under the umbrella of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). The Centre plays an important role in maintaining the national and regional availability of important flood-related tools, data, skills and knowledge; producing accurate regional forecasts with suitable lead time, and a […]

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  • Impacts of Global Climate Change on the Water Resources of the Bunyala plains, Kenya

    SANET is executing a pilot action as part of the Advancing Capacity to support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) project funded by UNITAR: Improving decision-making processes through climate change scenario generation in the Bunyala flood plains of western Kenya. Climate change has a direct impact on water management strategies, which play a key role in the […]

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  • Food and Water Research Themes

    The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded several major research programs on Integrated Water Resources Management and Global Change. Currently, BMBF is in the process of identifying promising future research themes by analyzing the international water research and policy landscape and by taking stock of recent achievements. FutureWater was asked to provide […]

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  • Climate Change and Hydropower, Impact and Adaptation Costs: Case Study Kenya

    DFID and DANIDA initiated a project entitled “Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda” which is executed by an international consortium. Focus of the project will be on the economics of adaptation strategies. FutureWater was asked by SEI-Oxford to perform a rapid assessment on the impact of climate change on hydropower generation […]

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  • Needs Assessment of Future ESA Satellites for Water Management in Southern Europe

    The recently released fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts and ongoing warming trend in Europe. Specifically Southern Europe as well as the Mediterranean region are likely to suffer from prolonged drought spells in summer in the decades ahead. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) also predicts that droughts will be […]

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  • Nile Basin Data Base Development

    The Nile Basin Decision Support System (NBI-DSS) will provide the necessary knowledge base and analytical tools to support the planning of cooperative joint projects and the management of the shared Nile Basin water resources on an equitable, efficient and sustainable manner. FutureWater was asked to support this NBI-DSS and to undertake preliminary data collection and […]

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  • Application of Remote Sensing in National Water Plans: Demonstration cases for Egypt, Saudi-Arabia and Tunisia

    Water shortage is a growing concern and in response to this many countries are developing national water plans in an attempt to allocate water more effectively. In the Middle-East, where water is extremely scarce these water plans are considered as a means to improved water resources planning, but the plans are often based on limited […]

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  • Scenario based water resources model to support policy making

    Appropriate planning in water resources, and more specifically in irrigation, is becoming increasingly important given the challenges of already-stressed water resources, climate change, growing population, increase in prosperity, potential food shortages, etc. However, policy makers and planners are often constrained, in this context of increasing complexity, by insufficient knowledge and tools to evaluate the consequences […]

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  • Irrigation Potential Lake Victoria, Tanzania

    Within the context of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) and the EWUAP (Efficient Water Use for Agricultural Production) are promoting irrigation development in Tanzania. A study was undertaken to evaluate and rank five potential irrigation schemes in the Tanzania part of the Lake Victoria Basin. Schemes included […]

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  • Groundwater Management and Exploration Package, Northern China

    In northern China, groundwater depletion has reached catastrophic levels. Across the northern half of the country, groundwater over-pumping amounts to some 30 billion cubic meters a year. Across a wide area of this region, water tables have been dropping over two meters a year for a decade, even as water demands continue to rise. The […]

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  • Climate change and water quality

    The influence of climate change on chemical and biological quality of the water is mostly related to changes in temperature and precipitation, wind fluctuation is less coherent. Notable is that the chemical and biological changes are the same for most of the water types. Water quality monitoring data from Wetterskip Fryslân implies the next changes […]

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  • Controllable weir in the Olstertocht River

    Results from the FutureView model imply a low effectiveness for water retention in the study area. Without seepage the extra amount of water to be stored is 7 to 15 mm. The criteria as set by the Water Board indicate this as “low suitability” for water retention.

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  • Determination of surface water evaporation

    Five methods for calculating surface water evaporation have been evaluated. For the study area in Fryslân the De Bruin-Keijman method is most suitable.

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