Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at USC has a commitment to understand the relationships between people, place and change. Part of this commitment is SRC’s participation in an international consortium called Climate Adaptation and Water Governance (CADWAGO) funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Volkswagen Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo.
The CADWAGO project is an international research enterprise that focuses on climate change adaptation and water governance to reconcile food security, renewable energy and the provision of multiple ecosystem services. The project aims to improve water governance by developing a more robust knowledge base and enhancing the capacity to adapt to climate change. CADWAGO is led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and brings together ten research partners from Europe, Australasia and North America. CADWAGO builds on past and on-going dialogue between researchers and stakeholders in these regions.
SRC is leading the Institutions and Organisations Work Package (Professor Tim Smith, Dr Dana Thomsen, Dr Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita and Dr Noni Keys) in partnership with the University of Tasmania (Dr Anna Lyth and Associate Professor Neil Holbrook), Griffith University (Professor Scott Baum and Professor Rodger Tomlinson), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Dr Ben Preston). The SRC is also the leading partner for the two Australian case studies – Integrated Coastal Management and Southeast Queensland Floods – and will share lessons drawn from these cases with European stakeholders.
Co-learning is an essential part of the project and therefore establishing a dialogue with stakeholders and decision makers is considered very important. The CADWAGO consortium recently met during a three-day workshop at the Open University in London, bringing together 20 scholars involved in different case studies around the world. Stakeholders involved in the management of water across Europe also joined CADWAGO for one day and shared ideas, concerns and future trends in water governance. During 2015 another event is planned to take place in Italy.
For more information about the project visit the CADWAGO website or get in touch with Professor Tim Smith or Dr Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita. You can also email the consortium leader Professor Neil Powell.