Activities for 2014

Water Futures and Solutions Initiative (WFaS) continues its global water assessment, building partnerships, refining scenarios and methods, and analyzing important tradeoffs for the assessment of options, while extending into other water-related areas.

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The following activities are additionally planned for 2014:

The Water (WAT) Program will participate with the Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) Program and the Ecosystems Services and management (ESM) Program on a 4-year project in the framework of the Zurich Foundation’s Community Flood Resilience Program to identify and address research gaps on flood resilience and community based disaster risk reduction. This project will provide an assessment of some of the options for the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative. 

Effective, robust and spatially varied coping strategies to reduce impacts and systemic volatilities will be identified in Water Futures and Solutions and assessed for their impacts in future scenarios.

A new project, Future Threats to Human Water Security and River Biodiversity, a partnership with City University of New York and Wageningen University, the Netherlands, is planned to assess the threats to water security for humans and biodiversity.

The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and IIASA will continue with their project cluster which started in 2013 on Sustaining and Improving Rural Livelihoods through Adaptive Approaches to Land, Soil Nutrient and Water Management.

A water-energy nexus study funded by the Niels Stensen Fellowship, will be carried out by Michelle van Vliet. The overall objective of this study is to determine to what extent future changes in the potential for water-dependent electricity production will fulfill the growing electricity demand, including impacts of both climate change and socio-economic developments during the 21st century. 


Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) Program, IIASA;
Ecosystems Services and management (ESM) Program, IIASA;
City University of New York, NY, USA;
Wageningen University, Netherlands;
Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), India.

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