|The BINGO project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 641739.|
Climate Change. Water scarcity. Floods. Droughts. Heavy rains. These words have increasingly punctuated our current dialogue in Europe – socially, academically, and politically. There are plenty of long-term concepts on how to face Climate Change. But how can decision-makers and end users face the intermediate challenges Climate Change brings? What is the right path and time scale to address today and be prepared to future climate scenarios?
The Horizon 2020 project BINGO: Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management - a better future under Climate Change (2015-2019) aimed at providing practical knowledge and tools to end users, water managers and decision and policy makers affected by Climate Change o enable them to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods.
Led by Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC, Portugal), the project involved 20 European Partners from six countries, including research and innovation centres, water authorities, water users and companies.
BINGO provided demand-driven solutions for specific climate related challenges, in particular for highly vulnerable water resources of strategic importance. It addressed average and extreme conditions of Climate Change scenarios in six areas across Europe, from North to South.
Objective 1: Provide more adequate predictions of the distribution (including extremes) of relevant climate variables, at the temporal scale required for modelling both average situations and extremes at the regional and local level.
Objective 2: Engage water end users from the six research sites in Europe in a knowledge alliance designed to build a shared awareness and perception of challenges and opportunities, in order to guide actions and future collaborative approaches.
Objective 3: Assess the impact of extreme weather events, as well as of average climate change conditions, on water quality and quantity and the subsequent effect on key sectors in society, namely: Water & Energy Supply, Urban Activities and Agriculture.
Objective 4: Explore and categorise risk management measures, technologies and other solutions to mitigate climate impacts on the water cycle. Based on the needs of the end users enrolled in BINGO and on the most significant impacts evaluated, an inventory of the most appropriate risk treatment options is aimed to be established.
Objective 5: Provide a portfolio of validated risk treatment strategies, integrating technological and non-technological alternatives, to better cope with challenges posed by climate change. The portfolio aims to assist end users, water managers and policy makers responsible for highly vulnerable water resources of strategic importance.
BINGO will enable a more efficient management of water resources in Europe, contribute to management planning across Europe and contribute to the development of reliable climate services relevant for the water cycle.