water 4 future
water 4 future
field of work
Climate Change, Biodiversity / Nature Conservation, General interest in environmental issues
April 1, 2015
The overexploitation of environmental resources and the effects of global climate change lead to serious environmental damage in many places, to social and economic crises, to pauperisation and migration. The rural population in dry mountain areas of the Global South is particularly at risk. The ecological resources of these populations are very limited and they are faced with a lack of reliable data for backing their decisions and for realistic planning. We endeavour to support inhabitants of dry mountain areas such as the Himalayas, the Andes or the Atlas Mountains in ensuring a sustainable use of their local resources, in safeguarding these resources in the long run and in preserving the quality of their local habitats. To achieve this, we intend to develop a high-resolution, web-based decision support system (DSS) for local resource management, a tool that the civil society, NGOs, and local authorities will be able to use free of charge. The DSS is intended to enable users to assess the current and future availability of local water resources as well as the consequences of different water usage scenarios for the human development and for the natural environment on an ecological and economic level. The scientific foundations for this will be established through transdisciplinary, natural and social scientific research in collaboration with the local population that will be carried out in three representative study areas in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, that provide optimal working conditions in various respects. This ‘open’, low threshold DSS enables a completely new, local approach to environmental decision-making support. It ensures an increased information flow and increased transparency of planning and decision-making processes, and encourages participation of a wider public in these processes. Furthermore, the stakeholders in dry rural mountain areas, which are often isolated and act on their own, can network globally and learn from each other.
we are looking for
financial support, material support, expertise, cooperation, publicity/visibility, similar projects