An innovative tool for the management of the surface drinking water resources at European level : GOWARE—transnational Guide towards an Optimal WAter REgime
ID Rizzo, Angela (Author), ID Banovec, Primož (Author), ID Cilenšek, Ajda (Author), ID Rianna, Guido (Author), ID Santini, Monia (Author)

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GOWARE (transnational Guide toward an Optimal WAter REgime) represents a Decision Support Tool (DST) developed to support the implementation of innovative Best Management Practices (BMPs) for drinking water protection and flood/drought risk mitigation. The tool is one of the main outputs of the PROLINE-CE Project, an EU project funded within the Interreg Central Europe (CE) Programme (2014-2020). The aim of this paper is illustrating the design and the methodological approaches proposed for the operative development of the tool. Furthermore, the paper provides the results of a number of tests carried out to evaluate the understandability of the analysis processes and assessing the stakeholders acceptance. Specifically, GOWARE-DST has been developed for supporting single users or groups of users in the decision-making process. The tool has been provided with a catalogue of 92 BMPs to handle water issues in different land use contexts. The selection of practices suitable for addressing the specific users requirements is supported by the Analytic Hierarchy Process, a method that allows filtering a subset of BMPs by accounting for the relative importance that the user assigns to each characterizing criterion. GOWARE-DST represents an innovative tool for supporting users at different levels of planning (operational and strategic) by promoting sustainable land and water management and defining long-term governance activities.

Keywords:drinking water resources, water management, decision support tool (DST), analytic hierarchy process (AHP), land use, best management practices (BMPs)
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FGG - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:23 str.
Numbering:Vol. 12, iss. 2, art. 370
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-116760 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2073-4441
DOI:10.3390/w12020370 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:9096289 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:08.06.2020
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Shortened title:Water
Publisher:Molecular Diversity Preservation International - MDPI
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License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Licensing start date:01.02.2020

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Keywords:viri pitne vode, upravljanje z vodami, orodje za podporo odločanju


Funder:EC - European Commission
Funding programme:Interreg Central Europe

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