Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management – A better future under climate change

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 for inter-annual to decadal time scales? How can end users engage in collaborative work and actions – with each other, and with researchers?

BINGO aimed both at reducing the uncertainty of near-term climate predictions and developing response strategies that contribute in helping society to better manage the remaining uncertainty. The practical knowledge and tools produced are useful to end users, water managers, decision and policy makers, as well as society at large. The BINGO key achievements include:

  1. Improved 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.
  2. Improved dialogue between different actors, including decision makers. End users from the six research sites in Europe were engaged in knowledge alliances, building a shared awareness and perception of challenges and opportunities that are guiding actions and collaborative approaches, and remain after the project ended.
  3. Integrated analysis of the impacts of Climate Change scenarios on the water cycle, including water quality and quantity and the subsequent effect on key sectors namely, water & hydropower, urban activities and agriculture.
  4. BINGO researchers and end users co-explored and categorized risk management measures, technologies and other solutions to mitigate the specific climate impacts on the water cycle for the key sectors addressed in the project.
  5. A portfolio was created, including risk treatment strategies validated at the BINGO six research sites plus a consistent list of possible adaptation measures, to better cope with challenges posed by climate change. This online BINGO portfolio aims to assist end users, water managers and policy makers responsible for highly vulnerable water resources of strategic importance.
  6. All BINGO activities, outcomes, knowledge and tools contribute to a more efficient management of water resources in Europe, as well as an increased public awareness of the effects of Climate Change on floods and droughts.

BINGO developed an innovative spirit and a new global approach of dealing with climate change and management of the integrated water cycle, incorporating its several dimensions, thus setting up methodologies to be followed by others, in Europe and all over the world. 

BINGO generated different types of exploitable results, which are both tangible and intangible outputs, such as data, knowledge, information, and methodologies.

BINGO provided demand-driven solutions for a number of specific climate-related challenges in Europe that focused on different geographical scales and are usable by a diverse spectrum of end users. These results are site-specific, due to the local singularities, but can be transferable to sites with similar characteristics (example: hydrological models, maps, etc.).

BINGO project's outputs include:

  1. Climate predictions
  2. Water cycle modelling
  3. Risk assessment
  4. Risk management approach
  5. Ensuring actionable research
  6. Adaptation measures
  7. Guidelines

All the outputs are available here

There is other type of results which can be used outside of the scope of the BINGO project, transferable to other sites, projects or companies. These results are the methodologies which were applied in the BINGO project and tested approaches that can be used - as they were in BINGO or as inspiration. Six Guidelines for Methodologies have been prepared by the project team and made available at the BINGO website. These exploitable results are the following six guidelines:

  • Collaborative Management in Climate Change Adaptation
  • Dynamical downscaling to 1 km scale – method, rainstorms
  • Application of hydro models
  • Performing risk assessment
  • Prioritisation between adaptation measures
  • Create, feed and enhance “win-win” collaborations between researchers and stakeholders

These guidelines can be found here

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) PT
KWR Water B.V. (KWR) NL
IWW Water Center (IWW) DE
Proyectos para el Sector del Agua (AQUATEC) ES
Norges Teknisknaturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU) NO
InterSus Sustainability Services (INTERSUS) DE
Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB) DE
Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) PT
The Cyprus Institute Limited (CYI) CY
I.A.CO Environmental snd Water Consultants LTD (IACO) CY
Empresa Portuguesa Das Águas Livres, SA (EPAL) PT
Comunidade Intermunicipal da Leziria do Tejo (CIMLT) PT
Ajuntament De Badalona ES
Aigues De Barcelona ES
Direcção-Geral ee Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural (DGDAR) PT
Area Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) ES
Gelderland (ProGLD) NL
Bergen Kommune (BERGEN K) NO