Talanoa Water Dialogue for Transformational Adaptation to Water Scarcity Under Climate Change

TALANOA-WATER aims at informing and catalyzing the adoption of robust transformational adaptation strategies to water scarcity under climate change that contribute to the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) objectives of social equity, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability.

General Objectives

TALANOA-WATER will explore transformational adaptation strategies that combine complementary and mutually reinforcing (1) nature-based solutions (e.g. natural water retention), (2) technological innovation and climate/water services (e.g. non-traditional water sources, irrigation services advising the timing and intensity of irrigation and optimal protection of crops against extreme climate events), (3) risk management and financing instruments (e.g. payment for ecosystem services, insurance) and (4) economic and behavioral incentives (e.g. water charges, water markets, voluntary agreements).

Expected Results

TALANOA-WATER aims to achieve the following results:

  • Design, implement and demonstrate the institutional and technical feasibility of a transition to sustainable and inclusive growth in diverse natural and cultural environments in 6 ‘pilot water laboratories’;
  • Design, test and support the adoption of robust strategies for transformative adaptation to water scarcity caused by climate change, leveraging technological innovation (including unconventional water sources), nature-based solutions, risk management tools and behavioural incentives;
  • Create multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships and new financial mechanisms to ensure sustainable investments and cost recovery in transformative adaptation strategies;
  • Synthesise the results obtained in the pilot laboratories in the service of supranational (e.g. EU) and national strategies for water resources management, climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and ecosystem protection in the Mediterranean area.


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Project Info
Funded by

Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research & lnnovation, Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (‘the PRIMA Foundation’)

Start Date

01 June 2021

End Date

31 May 2025


48 months