Conceptual framework on Participatory Modelling in the Water Energy Food Nexus project “Creating interfaces”

Authors: Monika Heyder*, European Institute for Energy Research, Enrique Kremers, European Institute for Energy Research, Pia Laborgne, European Institute for Energy Research, Andrea Sarzynski, University of Delaware, Krzysztof Ślebioda, PZR, Olga Wilhelmi, NCAR
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: Participatory Modelling, Water Energy Food Nexus
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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In the project “Creating Interfaces” funded through JPI Urban Europe and the Belmont forum (EU grant agreement No 830254), we use local knowledge to improve the understanding of the Water Energy Food (WEF) Nexus and to create interfaces among different nexus components. The WEF Nexus comprises environmental, technical as well as social and political aspects, thus requiring an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach. Participatory Modeling (PM) has been successfully used in transdisciplinary studies to better understand, communicate and improve natural resource management, notably in the field of water management. We intend therefore to integrate PM into the FEW Nexus project through a series of workshops designed as means to engage stakeholders and to create knowledge of complex systems. Including PM into community workshops will allow us to create understanding of the WEF Nexus, to grasps needs, wishes, concerns as well as the interdependences between the stakeholders. In this presentation, we present a conceptual framework for PM as a collaborative learning process for creating shared representation of reality through stakeholder engagement and community science. We will discuss the methodology for using PM in at least one of the study sites of the Creating Interfaces project, which include Slupsk (Poland), Wilmington (USA) and Tulcea (Romania). We will present a PM workshop design and discuss general usefulness of PM as a method to engage stakeholders in the WEF Nexus.

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