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Andean Network of Graduate Studies in Integrated Water Resources (RAP-GIRH)
(Funded by EuropeAid, 01.04.2012/01.04.2015)
Principal Investigator (PI)
Núria Miralles
Building and strengthening ARA-Norte capacities for the planning and management of water resources in the basins of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

The new Mozambican water policy (2007), is a step forward to improve country’s policy and regulations relating to water, setting as priorities: i) to satisfy basic needs of water for human consumption; ii ) to improve sanitation conditions, and iii) to develop an efficient use of water for economic development; iv) to guarantee water for environmental conservation; v) to reduce floods’ and droughts’ vulnerability, and vi) to promote regional integration. Main responsibilities recall on basin authorities. The aim of this project is to improve capacities of ARA-Norte (basin authority for the northern basins of the country) in the management of the internal watersheds of Montepuez Messalo, Megaruma Sea Side and in relation to: (1) Monitoring of resources water, (2) evaluation of water infrastructure, (3) environmental management, planning and control of the water resources, leading the participation and involvement of the involved stakeholders.

Scope: International.
Partners: ARA-Norte (Mozambique), Amphos 21 (Spain), Augas de Galicia (Spain), Universidade da Coruña (Spain) and UPC (Spain). Led by: Augas de Galicia.
Funded by: EuropeAid.
Start Date: 03.01.2012. Estimated date of completion: 09.01.2014.
Principal Investigator (PI): Agustí Pérez Foguet

Collective action, management of water resources and adaptation to climate change in the central region of Nicaragua

The aim of this study is to improve knowledge about the relations between collective action and water management for domestic and agricultural purposes in Jinotega and Matagalpa Departments. This is a pertinent field in Nicaraguan rural context due to the recent Nicaraguan Water Law (2007) and Water Users Associations Law (2010) which promote collective action formalization through Water Users Association (CAPS) and irrigation districts. Even more, it is specially interesting in a situation of climate variability, climate change and uncertainty, where local institutions performance and their collective action capacity to guarantee access to water resources is an essential but often less considered and analyzed mechanism.

Scope: International.
Partners: Universidad Nacional Autónoma. Managua –UNAN-Managua- (Nicaragua), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza –CATIE- (Costa Rica), Colegio de Posgraduados (Mexico), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Led by: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Funded by: AECID. Code: AP/035017/11.
Start date: 01.02.2012.
Estimated date of completion: 01.02.2013.
Principal Investigator (PI): Agustí Pérez Foguet

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Development of a participative system on the ecological quality of rivers in the region of Cajamarca
Applied research project based on the environmental quality of water in the basin Jequetepeque in northern Peru. In the region of Cajamarca, mining is an activity that can affect large-scale social and environmental terms. Then need to have accurate knowledge about the state of the environment and the possible effect of using a water resource monitoring water, sediments, and macroinvertebrate assessment of sediment toxicity is imperative. Specifically the project aims to develop a complete index to assess the state of water resources and rising easily be used for the affected population, especially the rural population, as a tool for surveillance water in ecological terms.


Scope: International.
Partners: Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca (Peru), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Led by: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Funded by: AECID. Code: AP/036126/11.
Start Date: 13.12.2011. Estimated date of completion: 12.12.2012.
Principal Investigator (PI): Núria Miralles

Improving assessment and planning services of water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and suburban context through the development of management tools based on rights

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a priority for the international community because of its clear link to development and poverty reduction. In recent years various strategies have been applied to ensure safe access to these basic services. The aim of this study is to develop specific tools for improving the assessment and planning of WASH services at the local level. The study will be carried out in the town of Manhiça and will consider both the peri-urban area of the municipality and the rural area. Lines of action:

  1. To identify reliable and relevant indicators for evaluating the sector.
  2. To strength the capacity of local public institutions.
  3. To develop urban planning projects that integrate the provision of basic services.

Scope: International.
Partners: UN Habitat (Mozambique), Municipalitat Manhiça (Mozambique), Fundació FCBarcelona (Spain) and  Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). 
Funded by: AECID. Code: 11-CAP2-1562. With the co-funding of CCD - fons 0,7% UPC.
Start date: 01.11.2011. Estimated date of completion: 31.10.2012.
Principal Investigator (PI): Agustí Pérez Foguet

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Study for the development of a system for environmental monitoring in the area of the lake Titicaca

This study falls within the framework of the Programme of Support to Artisanal Fisheries, Aquaculture and Sustainable Management of the Environment (PROPESCA), whose management unit identified the need to establish a cross-cutting environmental management system based on the ecosystem, fisheries and aquaculture. The aim is to design and implement an environmental monitoring system with a dual approach: i) to determine the current ecological quality of the study area (the baseline) in order to establish policies and standards for protecting and conserving environmental quality and natural resources; and ii) to determine whether trace metals have caused alterations in the region that may affect the sustainable use of water resources. This study was conducted in the northern part of the Titicaca basin in November 2011. Sediments and microinvertebrates were monitored and studied using indices developed for assessing the ecological quality of the Puno region. The study is currently in the sediment analysis stage, which is expected to conclude by the end of May.


Scope: International.
Signed with: Fondo de Cooperación Hispano Peruano. Partners: Unidad de Gestión de PROPESCA (Peru), Ministerio de la Producción (Peru) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Led by: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Funded by: AECID. With the co-funding of CCD - fons 0,7% UPC.
Start date: 31.10.2011. Estimated date of completion: 27.05.2012
Principal Investigator (PI): Núria Miralles


Development of a multi-year WASH Sector Action/Investment Plan for delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Suba and Homa Bay Districts

This project aims to create and implement a Technology Centre in Haití, in order to support and enhance the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related services. In particular, the goal is to provide technical assistance to all sector stakeholders in improving access to these basic services, and specifically such an initiative (Technology Centre) should serve to i) support the definition of government policies and strategies; ii ) improve sustainability of interventions (construction of new services) in terms of equity, functionality, and proper use of infrastructure, iii) provide technical assistance to those operators (public and / or private) involved in the management, operation and maintenance of services, and iv) promote and improve teaching and training related to WASH issues.


Scope: International.
Signed with: UNICEF Kènia. Partners: UNICEF (Kenia), Alternative Programme Solutions (Kenia), District Water Offices of Homa Bay and Suba Districts (Kenia) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Led by: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Funded by: UNICEF Kènia. AWith the co-funding of CCD - fons 0,7% UPC.
Start date: 01.11.2010. Estimated date of completion: 30.09.2011.
Principal Investigator (PI): Agustí Pérez Foguet

Promotion of a good environmental governance in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley Basin

The Ethiopian Central Rift Valley is part of the East African Rift, covering an area of approximately 10,000 km2. With an estimated population of around 1.9 million people, and an agriculturally based economy, water stress is arising as an important constraint. Being a closed basin, relatively small intervention in land and water resources can have far reaching consequences for ecosystems, goods and services, and potentially undermine the sustainability of the area. Hence, an efficient water management is required, in order to reverse severe environmental impacts and lack of an extended access to water, both affecting most vulnerable population of the basin. This project aims to develop tools to improve decisions on water management, through modeling water resources of the basin, assessing environmental impacts due to water scarcity and understanding water and environmental governance of the basin.

Scope: International.
Signed with: IntermonOxfam.
Partners: IntermonOxfam (Ethiopia) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Led by: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Funded by: IntermonOxfam. 
Start date: 02.05.2011. Estimated date of completion: 30.06.2011.
Principal Investigator (PI): Agustí Pérez Foguet