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Innovative solutions to climate change adaptation and governance in the water management of the Region of Crete - AQUAMAN


Project Facts

Project objective: More integrated management of marine and inland water resources
Project promoter: Technical University of Crete
Type of institution: University, college or other teaching institution, research institute or think-tank
Project number: GR02-0009
Target group(s): Researchers or scientists, Civil servants/Public administration staff,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 435,000
Final project costs: € 404,988
From EEA Grants: € 344,240
The project is carried out in: Κρήτη / Kriti

Project partnership(s)

What will the partnership achieve?

Summary of project results


The AQUAMAN project aimed to address the following 3 challenges that are required to be included the upcoming revision of the water management plan in order to evolve into an effective and innovative management plan that enhances the quality of water: • assess the impact of climate change on water resources and identify adaptation measures to climate change. • develop a rational evaluation and prioritization of the Program of Measures based on multicriteria analysis that would included cost-benefit aspects for the rational use of available water resources. • identify innovative governance approaches to water management that would include the active participation of stakeholders, mitigate potential conflicts of interest and in this way contribute to the necessary social consensus for the effective implementation of the Plan. The project produced targeted results and tools that can be used by the Decentralized Administration of Crete, the Region of Crete and the Special Secretariat for Water. In summary the most important results that were derived from the project were: • Development of the Hydrologic model Karst SWAT • Development of the hydro-meteorological database for the Island of Crete • Quantification of the hydrologic budget of Crete and the available water resources • A study for the management of drought for Crete • A study for the impacts of climate change • Evaluation of the public consultation of the management plan of Crete • A governance methodology for the prioritization of the program of measures • Pilot implementation of the methodology to four basins in Crete and comparison with Norway. These results and tools can be used by other regions to fulfill the National Obligations regarding the Water Framework Directive.

Bilateral results


The main impact of the bilateral collaboration was the strengthening of knowledge on issues of water governance. A comparison of how water governance is applied in Norway and Greece have been compared and the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches have been identified. In addition, the methodology developed and applied in the Region of Crete on how to set priorities for the Programme of Measures can be used as an example for Norway to adapt and establish its own methodology. Finally, there have exchanges and visits throughout the project that strengthened the bilateral relationship of the partners.


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