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The Nexus of Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate and Their Sustainable Management for Efficient Use of Resources: The Case Study of Greece

The Nexus of Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate and Their Sustainable Management for Efficient Use of Resources: The Case Study of Greece

Chrisi Laspidou
Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly
Wednesday 23/10/2019, Time: 14:00
Room A2, Department of Civil Engineering
As part of the Horizon 2020 program, the SIM4NEXUS project “the Nexus of Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate and their Sustainable Management under the Impact of Climate Change for the Effective Use of Resources” focuses on the management of future challenges related to the corresponding evolution of the elements: water, earth, food, energy and climate, through the adoption of an integrated approach where these elements constitute an integrated nexus and are linked by strong, dynamic complex interactions and relationships. To this end, a SeriousGame - an online platform - will be built to enable the prediction of the future image of a study area according to the future evolution of the system / link elements. This will support the decision-making and policy-making process on integrated resource management and the evaluation of new policy directions. The lecture presents the case study of Greece, addressing a number of issues related to the interaction of climate change with the use of resources (water, energy, food production), flooding and desertification and drought phenomena observed in rural areas, availability of water resources for irrigation, possibility of reorganizing crops and competitive use of resources. Particular emphasis is placed on the involvement of a number of stakeholders who can both provide significant knowledge and experience in the game building process and utilize it as a tool for anticipating and organizing their future activities and projects.