GOUVERNE Guidelines for the Organisation, Use and Validation of information systems for Evaluating aquifer Resources and Needs

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/3/2000         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: EVK1-CT-1999-00043
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Water resources and their management -->River basin management
Water resources and their management -->River basins
Project objectives:
The goal of the project was     
-To provide information at interdisciplinary level to people with different knowledge, background and technical skills. This information should foster 
discussions and debate among interest groups affected by the decision that will be taken. -To ensure that all stakeholders are or will be involved when launching the participatory process. In that sense the DSS provides a framework for consensus
building. It is a tool to support negotiations and thereby the process of decision making. The exploration of possible future scenarios supports the handling
of what is complex. -To make the users familiar with the hydrological, ecological, sociological and economic description of the catchment areas implemented within the DSS,
since otherwise the users will neither trust the tool, nor the necessary negotiation process. Because of the complexity of the problems related to the management
of groundwater, the DSS should help the user to reach the ability to grasp the complex links, which have to be taken into account when deciding about water-management
topics. -To develop user-friendly tools, which means as simple as possible to use and intuitive. Users should receive clear and not overly complicated information,
but issues should not be oversimplified. The users need to find the best trade-off on a case-by-case approach, according to available knowledge and level of
involvement in the decision-making process. That means: simplifying complexity, but credibly and at the highest scientific and quality level.
Project Summary:
The project GOUVERNe will develop an implementation for selected case studies in the European Union, a user-based and scientifically validated Decision 
support system (DSS) for management of underground water resources at the catchment levels. Hydrological, spatial and economic data sets will be integrated
within scenario simulation tools under a state-of-theart information and communications technology (ICT) user interface. The product will allow robust
and clear scientific support for deliberation by decision-makers and stakeholders permitting intelligent compromises, identification of novel management
options and, to the extent possible, co-operative conflict resolution. The consortium unites research, information technology and water management partners.
Achieved Objectives:
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Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 5
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Prof Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/07/2003 17:48:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/10/2006 11:46:00