Projects and Partners
The project, coordinated by Mani Tese ONLUS NGO based in Italy, deals with the development of a sustainable agricultural production in Quelimane Region, Mozambique. WH Lab is involved as a technical partner for the study and installation of sustainable Water Harvesting techniques such as rooftop water harvesting, floodwater collection and shallow wells in alluvial fans.
FLORENCE - FLOod risk and water Resources management with Nature based solutions on City Environment (2019 – 2020)
The project funded by Fondazione CR Firenze, is a preliminary study for the implementation of Nature Based Solutions in the cisty of Firenze, Italy, based on GIS analysis and Hydrological modeling with advanced tools
Orti Blu (2019 – 2021)
The project aims to introduce innovative solutions for the management of water resources in three companies of the Legnaia Cooperative, involving the managing body Publiacqua through the role of the Water Right and Energy Foundation, CIA as a coordinating body with other agricultural entities and for training, and the University of Florence, represented by the departments of DAGRI and DICEA, with the role of innovation broker aimed at including the technologies developed in the Florentine innovation ecosystem, represented in the project by the presence of CNR-IBIMET and Next Tech Tecnotessile. OrtiBlu is based on four strategic objectives:
- Objective 1: the introduction of Non-Woven Fabric (TNT) for mulching and for the application of crop protection products and fertilizers, to safeguard both the quantity and quality of water resources, and the use of Arduino technology for monitoring water demand and implement precision irrigation.
- Objective 2: the realization of a pilot study for the reuse of wastewater from the San Colombano purifier, managed by Publiacqua.
- Objective 3: Monitoring of proposed water resource management solutions through a water footprint analysis, with ISO 14046 - Water Footprint methodology, also valid for an international certification.
- Objective 4: Training of stakeholders, represented by agricultural enterprises in peri-urban areas of the Tuscan territory, on the themes of the project.
TransÁgua: from good practice of transhumance shepherds in water resource management and adaptation to climate change - Angola (2020-2022)
The project aims to increase the resilience of agro-pastoral communities in the province of Namibe, against effects of climate change. It will promote plans for adaptation to climate change from the different perspectives, gender, community, power generation and depending on different micro-climatic conditions.
The project will use different participatory methodologies to promote the self-organization (self-representation through maps and drawings, adherence to the approach based on human rights and gender), to search for the most suitable measures to mitigate the effects of climate change (Participatory Spatial Analysis and Negotiated; Vulnerability and Climate Analysis of Capacity, etc.) and to apply the techniques identified (Schools of Agro-Ecological Field; of the groundwater aquifer recharge techniques etc.).
The project is realized in partnership with COSPE NGO and is co-funded by the Institute Camões - Instituto da Cooperação and Língua, IP, within the Fresán Program (Fortalecimento from Resiliência and Segurança Alimentar and Nutricional), funded by the European Union.
Projecto Valles Resilientes – Bolivia (2018 – 2019)
The project, funded by the Instituto de Capacitación del Oriente (ICO) in Bolivia, was developed by realising an analysis of Natural Hazards in the Region of Valles Crucenos, Santa Cruz Department.
WH Lab realised the analysis of hazards by integrating field analyses, GIS, remote sensing data and community involvement.
Output: Cantini, F.; Castelli, G.; Foderi, C.; Salazar Garcia, A.; López de Armentia, T.; Bresci, E.; Salbitano, F. Evidence-Based Integrated Analysis of Environmental Hazards in Southern Bolivia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2107. - https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/12/2107
Output: Castelli, G.; Foderi, C.; Guzman, B.H.; Ossoli, L.; Kempff, Y.; Bresci, E.; Salbitano, F. Planting Waterscapes: Green Infrastructures, Landscape and Hydrological Modeling for the Future of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Forests 2017, 8, 437. - https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/8/11/437