Co-designing sustainable management solutions for resilient Alpine headwaters



  • 2021 – 2027
  • Climate resilient and green Alpine region
  • SO 1.1 - Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches
    • 2.692.120 EUR
    • 1.613.790 EUR


    University of Neuchâtel (Lead partner)
    • Lead partner
    • Switzerland
    • Espace Mittelland (CH02)
    • Neuchâtel
    Edmund Mach Foundatoin
    • Italy
    • Provincia Autonoma di Trento (ITH2)
    • San Michele all’Adige
    French Nature Reserves
    • France
    • Bourgogne (FRC1)
    • Dijon
    • France
    • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
    • Grenoble
    University of Passau
    • Germany
    • Niederbayern (DE22)
    • Passau
    Karlsruhe University of Applied Science
    • Germany
    • Karlsruhe (DE12)
    • Karlsruhe
    Alpinarium Galtür Dokumentation Ltd
    • Austria
    • Tirol (AT33)
    • Galtür
    Geological Survey of Slovenia
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
    • Ljubljana
    EGTC Geopark Karawanken/Karavanke
    • Austria
    • Kärnten (AT21)
    • Bad Eisenkappel
    Legambiente Piedmont and Aosta Valley
    • Italy
    • Piemonte (ITC1)
    • Torino
    Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Lombardy
    • Italy
    • Lombardia (ITC4)
    • Milano
    Center for research in Alpine environment
    • Switzerland
    • Région lémanique (CH01)
    • Sion
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    • Protocol for the collection of HW critical data.

      We will deliver a standardized protocol for collecting HW environmental and socio-economic data essential for the vulnerability assessment in WP2, utilizing both existing databases and field surveys. We provide technical expertise to develop and maintain smart, low-cost sensors for continuous hydrological data monitoring. Complementing data such as photographs, videos of water bodies, discharge measurements, and snow cover information will be gathered through public crowdsourcing solutions.

    • An open source and user-friendly web-platform for performing HW vulnerability assessments.

      We deliver a multi-language web-platform hosting the toolbox for HW vulnerability assessment as co-designed by scientists, target groups, and stakeholders. The platform will facilitate data analysis, updates, sharing problems/solutions among end-users via a dedicated chat, and communication (OI 1.1). User manuals and tutorials will ensure its long-term developments and application to broader contexts within and beyond the AS, aligning with AG7 objectives.

    • Tried-and-tested vulnerability assessments at the stakeholder testing sites

      TThe collected data and results from hydrological modelling will allow scientific PPs to produce a first version of HW vulnerability assessment for the stakeholder testing sites. These first assessments will be tested and validated by local stakeholders, enhancing the chances for conclusion support. Such endorsed vulnerability assessments, providing shared and objective insight on water resources issues, are the essential first step to engage territories on the path towards climate adaptation.

    • Local multi-stakeholder dynamics towards resilient and adaptive HW management in the testing sites

      The results of the HW vulnerability assessment (O2.1) combined with discussion steps between PPs, target groups and stakeholders at the scale of testing sites, will lead to co-designing and testing local-scale best-practices and selecting success factors in tackling water security. This will initiate the path towards the sustainable co-evolution of natural HW ecosystems and human needs, in the view of a Water-Smart Society, at Alpine local to transnational scale.

    • Joint solution to incorporate the toolbox in the activities of the municipalities

      Solution for the long-term use of the toolbox after the project end based on the regular training of users, including municipal/regional administrations, stakeholders, scientists and practitioners. The use of open-source platforms adheres to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principle, and, along with the digital innovation provided by the toolbox and its online tutoring, contribute to increase the relevance of digital technologies in AS water management (EUSALP AG5).

    • Legal strategies to better consider HW into regional to EU policies

      Governance solutions will be proposed at the AS local to transnational level to improve the effectiveness of water and land administrators in securing HW and their future resilience. These solutions will be translated into recommendations addressed first to regional/national policy makers involved as active observers, and, with their support, successively exported to the AS level. These outcomes will ensure a wider incorporation of HW in the policies for water resources management.