The University of Twente is represented in the WE-ACT project by the Multidisciplinary Water Management group. UT-MWM seeks to understand the natural and socio-economic processes that affect water resources and develop solutions for water scarcity, flooding and pollution. Particularly, we study the dynamics of supply and demand of water resources in interaction with climate, land use, the energy transition and agricultural management as well as production, trade and consumption. Our method of choice is water footprinting assessment. 

UT-MWM will estimate water demand and water footprints of the different users and activities within the project basin. We will also study innovative ways to represent the multiple, at times conflicting values of water. Both exercises aim to inform allocation scenarios and decisions.

What is so special about the WE-ACT project is that it covers the entire knowledge chain, from academic pioneering work on the value of water through deployment of state-of-the-art technologies to meaningful decision-making in a local context with stakeholders. I'm excited to work with our team to make the project a big success.

I am excited to work on the WE-ACT project to build knowledge on the value of water with local stakeholders and apply it to allocation and decision making in the Syr Darya basin with the context of climate change.

I hope that our efforts will result in leaving a smaller water footprint behind that can contribute to sustainable water management. I'm grateful to be part of this impactful initiative.

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Led by Technical University of Munich, the WE-ACT project brings together leaders from industry, policy, government, research, academia, and science across Europe and Central Asia to collaborate on the next generation of climate-sensitive water resource allocation planning and management. The consortium encompasses a diverse range of European (Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium) and non-EU countries (Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Serbia), providing broad representation of different cultural realities and geographical contexts. Our two local partners boast strong networks with river basin management authorities, governmental bodies, and the agricultural and energy sectors in the two demonstration catchments in both countries. The results of the project will be invaluable in enhancing digitalization processes for water management sectors in Central Asian transboundary river basins, and have the potential to extend to the EU as well.