Pascual Ferrer, Jordi
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Institute for Research on Science and Technology for Sustainability
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  • Assessment of water resources management in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley: environmental conservation and poverty reduction

     Pascual Ferrer, Jordi; Pérez Foguet, Agustí; Codony, Jordi; Raventós, Ester; Candela, Lucila
    International journal of water resources development
    Vol. 30, num. 3, p. 572-587
    DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2013.843410
    Date of publication: 2014-09-01
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    This article assesses the relation between water management, environmental degradation and poverty through a stakeholder analysis focused on the status and management of water resources. It draws from the situation observed in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley, an endorheic basin south of Addis Ababa where human activities have resulted in the degradation of most freshwater ecosystems and where the vast majority of the population lives in poverty. It proposes a shift in water governance that focuses on improving economic and social welfare and enhancing environmental sustainability. This shift can help overcome some of the problems affecting the Central Rift Valley, namely: (1) the overexploitation of water resources; (2) poor water quality; and (3) the high dependency of the population on water resources to sustain their livelihoods.

    This article assesses the relation between water management, environmental degradation and poverty through a stakeholder analysis focused on the status and management of water resources. It draws from the situation observed in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley, an endorheic basin south of Addis Ababa where human activities have resulted in the degradation of most freshwater ecosystems and where the vast majority of the population lives in poverty. It proposes a shift in water governance that focuses on improving economic and social welfare and enhancing environmental sustainability. This shift can help overcome some of the problems affecting the Central Rift Valley, namely: (1) the overexploitation of water resources; (2) poor water quality; and (3) the high dependency of the population on water resources to sustain their livelihoods

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    Water resources management in the central rift valley: modelling for the water poor  Open access

     Pascual Ferrer, Jordi; Candela, Lucila; Pérez Foguet, Agustí; Kebede, S
    International Congress Smallwat
    Presentation's date: 2011-04-25
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    Achieving a sustainable development is crucial, but is even more important in developing countries, where a wide number of people does not have a safe and secure access to water and relay on the environment to sustain their lives. The Ethiopian Central Rift Valley basin is already a degraded basin from the environmental point of view: ecosystems are endangered due to human activities there developed. Moreover, poverty is widespread all over the basin, with population is mainly living from agriculture on a subsistence economy. In order to achieve sustainable development to increase population incomes without affecting lives of those who are highly dependent on the environment and Integrated Water Resources Management approach shall be applied. First step has been to model the basin water resources, using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), which, after calibration and validation of the model, has given correct results. In order to follow deepening in the IWRM approach, more information on actual and future water demand and specifically water applied to agriculture will be needed.

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    A support information system for data management during project implementation: application in Tanzania  Open access

     Pascual Ferrer, Jordi; Jiménez, Alejandro; Pérez Foguet, Agustí
    Water, Engineering and Development Centre International Conference
    p. 678-695
    Presentation's date: 2009-05-18
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    Water and Sanitation programmes normally involve big amounts of information and several years of implementation; these are facts that justify the need of a proper monitoring. In this paper a Support Information System (SIS) for WatSan programmes monitoring is presented. SIS is based on a database system where relevant data of the programme can be easily stored and processed through user-friendly interfaces. Graphical representation has been included, facilitating the analysis and allowing for a better response on real time while programme is being implemented. The Logical Framework has been used as the starting point to define the tool. Experience has shown that it is crucial to create it with a participatory approach together with professionals working directly on the project. After its application in two programmes in Tanzania it has been seen that the tool allows both for a day-to-day monitoring as well as for a long-term analysis, improving knowledge of the staff working on project implementation, researchers and development planners.

  • Numerical modeling of biochemical transport processes with heterogeneous source terms. Dimensionless analysis with the Activated Sludge Model ASM1

     Pascual Ferrer, Jordi; Pérez Foguet, Agustí
    World Congress on Computational Mechanis and European Congres on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering
    p. 1-2
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    Support Information Systems, a tool which enhance learning and monitoring  Open access

     Pascual Ferrer, Jordi; Jiménez, Alejandro; Pérez Foguet, Agustí
    Congreso Nacional Universidad y Cooperación al Desarrollo
    p. 1-9
    Presentation's date: 2008-11-12
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    A Support Information System (SIS) has been created in order to monitor water and sanitation (WatSan) programs and improve their efficiency. SIS is based on a database system where relevant data of the program can be easily stored and processed through user-friendly interfaces. Definition of the information to be introduced in the database shall be done according to the needs of the profesionals working directly on the project and to the data needed to observe the evolution of the program indicators, as those defining the Logical Framework. As long as the information is georeferenced, information can be automatically displayed on a Geographical Information System (GIS), and therefore its spatial evolution can be easily analyzed. Graphical representation facilitates the analysis and allows for a better response on real time while the programme is being implemented. The use of SIS enables for hindsight research, helping to improve efficiency and, therefore program extension/replication.