Nature-based Solutions on existing infrastructures for resilient Water Management in the Mediterranean


NATMed aims to develop, implement and validate a set of 12 NbS, combined into Full Water-Cycle – NbS (FWC-NbS), integrated into existing grey or natural water infrastructures and based on specific phases of the water cycle, for optimizing the provision of water-related ES (quality and quantity) and water-dependent ES (social, economic and environmental aspects), empowering stakeholders and local communities at the Mediterranean Region.

NATMed will also demonstrate the effect of different FWC-NbS on five Case Studies in five countries (Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Algeria), with the support of a Mediterranean Community of Practice (MedCoP) to co-design specific decision-making assets, including a comprehensive Decision-making tool for FWC-NbS implementation. This will be developed through effective integration actions (transdisciplinary teams including traditional knowledge of each region), with the aim of making resilient societies creating potential sources of green jobs, local economic growth and integrated water management plans in accordance to the specific summer/winter water cycle challenges of the Mediterranean area, all this taking into account a gender perspective.

Specific Objective 1: Co-design and test five Full Water-Cycle – NbS (FWC-NbS) to impact in different phases of the water cycle and the seasonal water balance.
Specific Objective 2: Implement, test and validate the 5 Full Water-Cycle – NbS in 5 Case Studies under IUCN Global Standard.
Specific Objective 3: Establish a NATMed MedCoP to develop participatory and coordinated processes for sustainable and integrated water management to engage the most relevant stakeholders in each Case Studies region and to use it as a replication tool.
Specific Objective 4: Develop a replicability plan to enhance the sustainability and engagement of NATMed outcomes and lessons learnt.
Specific Objective 5: Development of Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation of results and findings with special aim to the local population and stakeholders, and promotion of transboundary water governance, to maximize the project’s impact and allow further exploitation of the outputs.