OPTIMA Optimisation for Sustainable Water Resources Management

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/7/2005         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: 509091
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Project objectives:
OPTIMA is extending classical optimisation and mathematical programming methodology in several respects, by:   
    * Using a full-featured dynamic and distributed simulation model and genetic programming as the core to generate feasible and non-dominated alternatives. 
Water technology alternatives including their cost structure, and up-to-date remote- sensing derived land use information are primary inputs; * Extending the set of objectives, criteria and constraints through expert systems technology to include difficult to quantify environmental and social
dimensions; * Putting specific emphasis on local acceptance and implementation through the inclusion of stake-holders in an interactive, participatory decision
making process carefully embedded in institutional structures, using a discrete multi-criteria reference point methodology; * Comparative evaluation and benchmarking across the set of local and regional case studies in 7 countries, namely Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine,
Tunisia and Morocco around the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean.
Project Summary:
Water is a key resource in the Mediterranean region, and efficient use and allocation are paramount to sustainable development, in particular in the coastal 
zone of the South and East, undergoing fast economic development, land use and demographic change. The overall aim of OPTIMA is to develop, implement, test, critically evaluate, and exploit an innovative, scientifically rigorous yet practical approach
to water resources management intended to increase efficiencies and to reconcile conflicting demands. Based on the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)
the approach equally considers economic efficiency, environmental compatibility, and social equity as the pillars of sustainable development. The project also aims at building a wide dissemination network of expertise and knowledge exchange sharing its findings, generic data, and best practise
examples. For a broad geographical coverage and a good basis for comparative analysis, OPTIMA brings together partners from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine,
Tunisia, Morocco, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Greece, and Austria.
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EC Framework Programme 6
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Dr Stefan Gödeke  Who does what?  31/08/2005 12:50:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/10/2006 13:29:00