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WHLab
Water Harvesting Lab

Projects

Ongoing projects:

AG-WaMED

Advancing non conventional water management for innovative climate-resilient water governance in the Mediterranean Area

Objective: The project aims at providing innovative, evidence-based participatory management solutions to water scarcity governance that can be scaled at the Mediterranean level. The project will reach its envisioned objectives through a transdisciplinary approach, integrating the state of the art of land, water and agronomic modelling to support evidence-based water management in four Living Labs located in Mediterranean watersheds (including a transboundary case). 

Funding: Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area Programme (PRIMA)

Countries involved: Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Egypt

Project duration: 36 months

Starting date: September 1st, 2022

Link: https://mel.cgiar.org/projects/1708#about

 

ERASMUS+ KA171

Objective: Mobility project for students and teachers involving the University of Florence, the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences, and the University of Nairobi.

Funding: Erasmus+

Countries involved: Italy, Kenya, Malawi.

Project duration: 36 months

Starting date: August 1st, 2022

Link: https://www.dagri.unifi.it/vp-819-erasmus-azione-ka-107-international-credit-mobility.html

 

RE-FARM

Research on agroecological innovations for increasing resilience to climate change in Cuanza Sul and Benguela

Objective: The project aims to contribute to the transformation of the agriculture sector in Angola through research and innovation. Holistic improvement of smallholders’ productivity, in the face of climate change in 2 provinces of the Central Highlands Area (Planalto Central).

Funding: EuropeAid

Countries involved: Angola

Project duration: 48 months

Starting date: August 1st, 2022

Link: https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/desira/wiki/re-farm

 

FAO Building Forward Better

Objective: The project is a consultancy for the FAO Building Forward Better program for training of agricultural services officers in three African countries. The Water Harvesting Lab is involved in a module on water harvesting and agroforestry.

Funding: FAO

Countries Involved: Niger, Mali, Libya

Project duration: 8 months

Starting date: April 7th, 2022

Link: https://www.fao.org/in-action/building-forward-better/en

 

Acesso Melhorado a Agua para fortalecimento da Segurança Alimentaria e Nutricional de famílias vulneráveis em Namibe

Improved water access to strengthen food security of vulnerable families in Namibe

Objective: The project aims to contribute to the reduction of hunger, poverty and vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity in Namibe Province by improving food diversity and quality and access to water in vulnerable rural population, particularly children.

Funding: FRESAN - Fortalecimento da Resiliência e da Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional em Angola

Countries involved: Angola

Project duration: 30 months

Starting date: January 10th, 2022

Link: https://fresan-angola.org/2022/04/13/fresan-camoes-i-p-soma-10-novos-projectos-aos-9-a-decorrer-no-cunene-na-huila-e-no-namibe/ 

 

SALAM-MED

Sustainable Approaches to LAnd and water Management in MEditerranean Drylands

Objective: The project aims to identify, test and validate tailored, “nature-based” practical solutions to enhance the resilience of endangered MED dryland socio-ecological systems or to restore degraded ecosystems in arid and hyper-arid lands. New scientific-based knowledge, integrated tools and processes will be developed, ground tested and validated through the Living Labs (LL) to address LD and water management across a wide range of “hotspots” of dryland socio-ecological systems.

Funding: Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area Programme (PRIMA)

Countries involved: Italy, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia and State of Palestine

Project duration: 36 months

Starting date: April 1st, 2022

Link: https://www.salam-med.org/

 

NEXUS-NESS 

NEXUS Nature Ecosystem Society Solution

Objective: The project aims to prototype a comprehensive data-driven technology in the form of a GIS-based data-driven platform, to manage in a sustainable way the so-called Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE). The solutions will be co-designed, co-developed, co-tested by multiple actors of the WEFE Nexus in four target catchments.

Funding: Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area Programme (PRIMA)

Countries involved: Italy, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia

Project duration: 36 months

Starting date: April 1st, 2021

Link: https://prima-nexus-ness.org/

 

PRRPB - Burundi Landscape Restoration and Resilience Project

Objective: The project aims to restore land productivity in targeted degraded landscapes and, in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, to provide immediate and effective response to said eligible crisis or emergency.

Funding: World Bank

Countries involved: Burundi

Project duration: 60 months

Starting date: December 16th, 2019

Link: https://projects.worldbank.org/en/projects-operations/project-detail/P160613

 

Past projects

AGRIWATER

Innovative and Sustainable Measures of Keeping Water in the Agricultural Landscape

Objective: The project aimed to support farmers and landowners by providing innovative educational materials about sustainable on-farm water management to improve water efficiency in the agricultural landscape.

Funding: EU (Erasmus+)

Countries Involved: Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Cyprus, Spain, Italy

Project duration: 2020 - 2022

Link: https://agriwater.eu/ https://learning.agriwater.eu/ 

 

TransÁgua: Valorização das boas práticas dos pastores transumantes em gestão dos recursos hídricos and adaptação àsmudanças climáticas

(Enhancing the good practices of transhumant shepherds in managing water resources and adapting to climate change)

Objective: The project aimed to increase the resilience of agro-pastoral communities in the province of Namibe, against effects of climate change. WHLab is involved in planning and support to the implementation of Water Harvesting structures (Sand Dams, Flood Wells and Vallerani micro catchments).

Funding: FRESAN - Fortalecimento da Resiliência e da Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional em Angola

Countries Involved: Angola

Project duration: 2020 - 2022

Link: https://www.cospe.org/progetti/65816/transagua-valorizzazione-delle-buone-pratiche-dei-pastori-transumanti/

 

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