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The River Basin Game

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The River Basin Game (RBG) has been employed a role-playing physical tool for promoting dialogue and decision-making over water resources where irrigation is present.  The river basin game is a physical representation of a catchment (or small river basin) with a gradient and glass marbles to show upstream-downstream flow of water.  Upstream abstractors/users of water are favoured over downstream abstractors and users of water.

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Research programme on wetlands: achieving sustainable agriculture in sensitive ecologically areas

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Wetlands are sensitive areas of exceptional environmental wealth. Some of them, such as wet grasslands and peatlands, are closely interlinked with agricultural lands. Farmers can play a relevant role in the conservation of these areas and in water management in particular: regulation of the water resources, flood control, leachate treatment, etc.

However, a lack of knowledge prevent farmers to fulfill these objectives, and agriculture is actually way more often a competing interest, if not a threat, to wetlands conservation.

This analysis has motivated the Haute-Vienne Chamber of Agriculture research programme, which aims at conciliating the upholding of agriculture in wetlands and the protection of water resources and associated environments.

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Computer Aided Quantification of Equitable Water Allocation to Water Users Associations

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This solution addresses the computer assisted quantification of water allocation to Water Users’ Associations(WUAs) and capacity building activities in use of this tool by water supply officials and irrigators from WIAs. 

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Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network (NAWMN)

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Maximizing the net benefits of irrigated plant production through appropriately designed agricultural water management programs is of growing importance in Nebraska, and other western and Midwestern states, and around the world, because many areas are involved in management and policy changes to conserve irrigation water. In Nebraska, farmers are being challenged to practice conservation methods and use water resources more efficiently while meeting plant water requirements and maintaining high yields.

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Multilateral Cooperation Model for Water Management

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The model for cooperation incorporated in the multilateral peace process is premised on the vision of creating synergies through awareness of common problems, such as water. By concentrating on the common problem of regional water scarcity, the participants in the process have been able to transcend the realm of competing interests and create a situation in which, all parties share benefits. The central focus is placed on creating a positive dynamic that will lead to tangible results in solving common water problems and that will foster actions that will translate into effective regional cooperation.

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Low input agriculture and good agricultural practices (agriculture extensive Et bonnes pratiques agricoles). A manual for field workers.

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Nowadays, there is growing concern about agricultural activities leading to environmental degradation and health risks associated with intensively produced foodstuffs. As a result interest in organic agriculture is increasing. This growing interest in sustainable and organic natural resource management and healthy eating, coupled with the increasing number of resource-poor farmers who cannot afford agrichemicals, has led to the potential for organic farming in addressing the issue of sustainable food production and livelihoods of resource-poor people.

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Sustainable small-scale nursery production and water management Timor Tengan Selatan (TTS) district (West Timor) Indonesia

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The project gives to beneficiaries the chance to improve their life via techniques thought to them during the training sessions such as: how to take advantages of local material (banana leaves to make bags for sustainable nursery); how to save seeds and to make compost and natural pesticide; how to improve water use efficiently and improve field moisture availability through water harvesting techniques (pit fill with tarpaulin); mulch around trees to save water and cut down on weeds.

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Case study: developing a Climate Adaptation Strategy for the Danube River Basin

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At the Ministerial Meeting in February 2010, the Ministers of the Danube countries asked the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) to develop until the end of 2012 a Climate Adaptation Strategy for the Danube River Basin.

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China Europe Water Platform

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This solution consists in providing the water sectors in each region (EU and China) with a framework for dialogue, exchange of best practices and collaboration. It will help both parties to find how to properly manage water resources and achieve a sustainable social and economic development while protecting the water environment.

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Creation of a training platform for water professionals of the Outermost Regions

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European outermost regions (OMR) are very distant from the continent and, since they do not share the same context (climate, water availability, basin superficies, etc.), they express the need for a development of specific water management strategies. However, OMR have not been able to develop their capacities in this sector due to a lack of trained professional.

 

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