Author Archives: Marta Zaniolo

NRM group @ EWRI 2019

Here the list of our contributions accepted for the Environmental and Water Resources Institute congress, EWRI 2019 to be held in Pittsburgh (PA), May 19-23 .

  1. Neuro-Evolutionary Direct Policy Search to design the optimal operation of multi-purpose water resources systems, Marta Zaniolo, Matteo Giuliani, Andrea Castelletti (ORAL)
  2. A robust decision analytic framework to design sustainable development pathways in transboundary river basins: the Omo-Turkana case study, Matteo Giuliani, Marta Zaniolo, Riccardo Badagliacca, Linda Spinelli, Andrea Castelletti (ORAL)
  3. Sediment connectivity and strategic river basin planning: new opportunities from parsimonious sediment modelling and robust optimizationAndrea Castelletti, Rafael Schmitt, Matteo Giuliani, Simone Bizzi, Mathias Kondolf (ORAL)

NRM group visits Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity

We have recently visited the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity in Addis Ababa to discuss preliminary results on the analysis of optimal development pathways for the Omo-Turkana basin, located across southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. This almost pristine region has been in recent years a strategic target for Ethiopian governmental investments on dam development and agricultural expansion, aimed at achieving energy and food security for the country, and propelling Africa’s fastest growing economy. In our analysis, we adopt an integrated and participated approach, which assesses the impacts of different basin development pathways on governmental and local stakeholders of Ethiopia and Kenya, in order to promote environmental and economical sustainability, as well as social inclusiveness. This work is part of the EU funded DAFNE project, which aims at developing a Decision Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food nexus in complex transboundary water resource systems of fast developing countries.