WP6:

Technological improvement


Overview:

Following on from the extensive review of technical innovations in water harvesting systems visited under Work Package 2, this work package will deliver in-depth investigations of technical performance in the four case study countries. An action-research approach will be adopted in which the research team become participant observers. The research questions that will be addressed by WP6 are:
• How successful are alternative WHT innovations in increasing availability/ reliability of water and raising agricultural productivity through low-cost systems of water control?
• What is the evidence that alternative models of WHT development deliver more or less sustainable outcomes in the context of dynamic global and regional pressures (climate change, population, urbanisation etc.)?
• What can be done to support knowledge transfer and innovation in order to promote adoption of appropriate water management technologies and practices?


Objectives:

This work package will contribute to the overall objectives by:
• Delivering understanding of the technical performance of water harvesting systems.
• Helping define criteria for assessing knowledge and technical capacity of beneficiaries.
• Integrating lessons from case studies under different hydrological, biological and socio-economic conditions in order to devise guidelines for promoting innovative appropriate WHTs.

The specific objectives of WP6 are to:
• Identify technology-related constraints for WHT uptake and adoption (in cooperation with Work Packages 2, 3 and 7)
• Identify and evaluate WHT improvements that contribute to resolution of technology-related constraints (in cooperation with Work Packages 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12)
• Exchange acquired knowledge on WHT improvement for uptake and upscaling to stakeholders and consortium partners of Work Packages 3, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12


Deliverables:

D6.1) Factsheet technical performance: A factsheet will be produced describing the RTD activities on technical performance of WHTs and their first results. [month 24]

D6.2) Paper on the technical performance of WHT at the study sites: A paper on the technical performance of WHT at the study sites in the four target countries will be written [month 36]

D6.3) Report on WHT knowledge transfer and innovation systems at the study sites: A paper on WHT knowledge transfer and innovation systems at the study sites in the four target countries will be written. [month
36]

D6.4) Synthesis report on technological improvement with policy recommendations: Synthesis report on technological improvement of WHT will be written including policy recommendations [month 42]


Lead Institution:

University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW)


WP Leader:

John Gowing
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