What is ABOT?
A sustainable approach towards water resources management, with the overall purpose to support the European Commission’s effort to identify means and develop prevention activities to halt desertification in Europe. The ABOT project has selected a harmonised approach across 4 Pilot River Basins in developing detailed water resources balance models and assessing the impact and cost-effectiveness of selected response measures towards an optimal water allocation and with purpose of setting context specific targets.
Desertification in Europe
The ABOT project has selected a harmonized approach and implements its activities across 4 Pilot River Basins which are located in different EU regions and face various problems: Tiber RB in Italy, Mulde RB in Germany, Pinios RB in Greece, Vit RB in Bulgaria. With this approach, ABOT aspires to provide valuable input to the 2012 Policy Review and the Blueprint, while develop operation decision support tools to be made available to the local water managers and stakeholders.
Activities & results
Main activity of the project includes the implementation of a robust water management model for each pilot River Basin using a harmonized approach and common software, the “Water Evaluation and Planning System” (WEAP) across the pilots. The model will develop water balances as well as additional functionalities in order to run simulations and scenarios for optimal water allocation representing the physical system with the optimal goal of setting targets. Local stakeholders will be involved in this process, while the model output will feed the SEEAW standard framework and the SEEAW standard tables on physical supply and use.