The DAFNE project addresses the ongoing transformations in these regions by means of an integrated and participatory approach that can trigger change by promoting a shared learning of the risks and opportunities associated with these nexus-related challenges. The project combines excellence in research across a broad range of disciplines, from engineering and environmental sciences, to social science, economics and law.
In particular, DAFNE strives for effective transboundary cooperation based on scientific evidence and clearly articulated laws and policies that promote fair and sustainable use of water resources. DAFNE will demonstrate the potential of this novel approach in two illustrative case studies, the Omo-Gibe-Turkana and Zambezi river basins. DAFNE will establish a decision-analytic framework (DAF) using a Participatory and Integrated Planning approach for analyzing the two basins from WEF nexus perspective. The DAF multi-step process will quantify the anticipated effects of alternative planning options.
It will involve stakeholders from the basins in the process from the outset who will work together with project researchers, to gain a fuller understanding of the impacts of resource exploitation and identify pathways to sustainable development. DAFNE consortium is made up of 14 partners from Switzerland, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece and UK, and coordinated by Prof. Dr. Paolo Burlando from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ).