GT2: Socioeconomic evaluation of water resources

Socioeconomic analysis of water uses and management across the SUDOE area

The manager of this task is partner 4 (UCLM). This taskIt includes comprises a socioeconomic analysis of water uses and management in the river basins belonging to SUDOE area. Firstly, the impact on water management of the different existing governance models will be analysed, from a public participation point of view. Through a set of indicators, we will seek to establish different levels of search for differences on transparency and levels, on public participation and ensure that on representativeness of water users are represented in water management.
At the same time, we will study the impact of water on the economy of the SUDOE area, both at a regional and a basin level. We will design a set of economic indicators which that will allow estimating thean evaluation of the impact of of varying initial conditions , in terms of water quantity and quality, on the regional economy.
We will also implement carry out an economic evaluation of ecosystem services, as well as an analysis of the different adaptation ive strategies existing of on the agencies in charge of water management, taking into account more frequent for adaptation to the increase of periods of drought inon climate change predictions.
These analyseis will support help water management agencies to anticipate the socioeconomic consequences of water scarcity shortages and growing increasing pollution.

GT2 activities

GT 2.1. Sociological evaluation of water resources governance

The manager of this activity is partner 6 (Irstea). Its The aim is to conduct an analysis of water resources governance on the basis of the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), through the different various management plans of enacted in by river basins belonging to the SUDOE area: “Schémas d’Aménagement et de Gestion des Eaux (SDAGE)” in France, “Planes Hidrológicos de las demarcaciones hidrográficas” in Spain, and “Planes Região Hidrográfica” in Portugal. EspeciallyIn particular, the team will try attempt to identify the potential relationship existing between governance of water resources understood as a common heritage and the outcomes of water management that can be observed. The analysis is performed through using several measures supportingrelying on the implementation process of the WFD principles: levels of transparency , but also of and public participation and representationveness of water users. For each river basin of in the SUDOE area, this analysis must should contribute help to identify the different uses and levels of water protection advocated by stakeholders. Data derived from task GT1 will be used for the construction of variables construction.

GT 2.2. Economic evaluation of water resources

The manager of this activity is partner 2 (UCLM). With the economic and hydrological data at our disposable on GT1 databases as well as the official surveys on water usages, we will analyse the impact of water on the different economic activities (such as agriculture, industry, energy and water supply) for in each basin belonging to the SUDOE area.
The mMain economic indicators will be sectorial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (Gross Value Added (GVA) if necessary) as well asand sectorial employment data, considering bearing in mind that not all economic activities use water from the controlled and are subject to a system of governancesystem . These economic variables linked to the water resources used will allow us to obtain a set of economic indicators to characterise the economic water use on each river basin.
These indicators will be incorporated as inputs on into the GT3 task and will contribute to water management decision- making on about scarcity shortages and/or growing pollution in the context of climate change.

GT 2.3. Economic evaluation of ecosystem services

The Cadiz University of Cadiz (partner 7) is in charge of this activity. As In addition to the accompaniment of traditional analysis about of water’s the economic impact of water in the territories of the watershed, in this activity we will use different methodologies to measure the economic assessment of the ecosystem services on each river basin. The ecosystem services to be evaluated will be classified according to the usual categories (CICE) of: supply, regulation and cultural. These ecosystem services will be previously identified in the work carried out at in TG1.
A review about of the state of art will be done undertaken in this activity, taking into account the national (Spain, Portugal and France), and the international initiatives developed during in recent the last years in on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Afterwards, tThe state and characteristics of the different various selected ecosystems will then be quantified, and the to finish with their economic evaluation completed using some of the methodologies available in scientific papers. This evaluation will focus on a social justification of the help us to spread to the society and to the water users the importance of these natural ecosystems present at the river basins.

GT 2.4. Adaptive capacity and water shortage strategy in the SUDOE territory

The manager of this task is partner 2 (UPV/EHU). It The aim iss to conduct a comparative analysis of the present current plans water for adaptation to climate change compiled by that the various water agencies of in the SUDOE territory have to manage adaptation to climate change. Particular emphasis will be placed on measures planned for periods of water shortage periods. We will try attempt to show highlight the agencies’ current level of knowledge agencies nowadays regarding about the repercussions impacts of the climate change, putting the focus on underlining where the more pronounced st relevant uncertainties as well are.
With tThis aim in mind, a “resilience index” will be developed in order to consider adaptive their capacity to adapt to the consequenceswater shortages in terms of that may be derived from the expected different climate scenarios, mainly those concerning water shortage situations. For To achieve through this, by means of modelling, AGUAMOD’s will do hydrological forecasts as will serve as a reference for the analysis.
The production creation of this index will rely on factors concerning of knowledge and institutional, infrastructure and social sustainabilitydimensions. As well as undertaking a Besides making a comparative diagnostic evaluation of on their adaptive capacity to adapt, the aim is to come up with we aim to recommendations measures for an adaptive management to the change. These recommendations will be included in the global overall vision view given by the AGUAMOD platform will be offer.

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