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The Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Serious Game

  1. 1. March 20181 www.gwpmed.org The Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Serious Game Nassia Kassela Programme Officer, GWP-Med SIM4NEXUS Workshop – March 16th 2018, Athens www.waterforthecity.net
  2. 2. March 20182 www.gwpmed.org PARTNERS: COLLABORATORS: DURATION: 2016 – 2018 BUDGET: 1.2 million USD (Coca-Cola Foundation Grants) Project information Water for the City is a multi-stakeholder pilot project which a two-fold aim:  Increase water availability in the metropolitan area of the coastal city of Alexandroupolis, NE Greece  Promote sustainable water use in the urban environment by  Engaging authorities & stakeholders  Educating students & teachers  Raising public awareness. Alexandroupolis
  3. 3. March 20183 www.gwpmed.org OUR VISION: A water secure world OUR MISSION: to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development • Enough water for all Social Equity, Economic Efficiency, Ecosystems • Security from droughts, floods, landslides, disease The negative aspects of water • Improved quality of life for the most vulnerable Especially women and children • An integrated approach Holistic, and multi-stakeholder processes; Integrated Water Resources Management
  4. 4. March 20184 www.gwpmed.org 4 project pillars Multi- stakeholder Partnership Innovative Technical Application Awareness Raising Capacity Building & Stakeholder Engagement Education
  5. 5. March 20185 www.gwpmed.org The game serves as a tool for capacity building workshops & engagement of authorities & key stakeholders in Integrated Urban Water Management. This role–playing game was developed in Greek and in English and it enables key-stakeholders to get familiar with various water management solutions and climate change adaptation measures through the use of non conventional water resources and the implementation of urban green-blue infrastructure. Capacity Building & Stakeholder Engagement The IUWM Serious Game
  6. 6. March 20186 www.gwpmed.org Why a Serious Game? Source: How The Brain Learns (Dr. David A. Sousa) Source: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Serious games are those games that provide a meaningful message in a fictional play space about a certain (perceived) realit.
  7. 7. March 20187 www.gwpmed.org  Train key stakeholders on Integrated Urban Water Management  Present contemporary water management solutions, technologies & practices, with a focus on non-conventional water resources & green-blue infrastructure  Give emphasis to strategic planning Players:  Deepen their understanding of the  Necessity for prevention & adaptation measures  Uncertainties that the future entails in terms of climate change impacts  Dilemmas in establishing (water) resilient cities  Different roles in urban water management  Imperative need for dialogue & collaboration  Strengthen their  Negotiation & collaboration skills In the context of a “real” city The goal OF the game
  8. 8. March 20188 www.gwpmed.org Urban Planning: Integrated Water Resources Management Goals: quality of life and environmental conservation Institutional: legislation and management Water supply Sanitation Urban drainage & flood management The goal OF the game Adapted from Tucci, 2001
  9. 9. March 20189 www.gwpmed.org Urban Planning: Integrated Water Resources Management Goals: quality of life and environmental conservation Institutional: legislation and management Water supply Sanitation Urban drainage & flood management The goal OF the game
  10. 10. March 201810 www.gwpmed.org 1. Ensure sufficient water resources for all water users (Potable) water supply – Economic activity – Green infrastructure 2. Make sure Alexandroupolis does not flood 3. Ensure the requirements of the civil society are met 4. Look after a personal interest The goal IN the game Safeguard the wellbeing of the city… Simple..? … in an uncertain reality
  11. 11. March 201811 www.gwpmed.org Create a “real” & “fictional” city Play Areas Water Pillars & Dam Weather Reports Civil Society Requests Available measures & actions & Responses
  12. 12. March 201812 www.gwpmed.org  Four players representing important stakeholders of the city  Municipality, Regional authority, Water utility, Private sector  Available measures & actions  Climate change adaptation measures  Non conventional water resources  Urban green-blue infrastructure  Strategic thinking  Climate reports & seasonal rounds of increasing difficulty  Common goals & personal interest  Cash flow  Trained game master (facilitator)  Communication & collaboration  Common goals – the wellbeing of the city above all  Limitations applicable to everyone  Civil society demands & responses The Serious Game “manual”
  13. 13. March 201813 www.gwpmed.org Let’s supply an introduction… to Play & Learn! Introductory presentations Game play
  14. 14. March 201814 www.gwpmed.org What is the result? Insufficient water supply Minor problems Priority given to certain areas Floods in the city The “game” is an original and intelligent way to bring various stakeholders at the same table and have them discuss the needs of the city.
  15. 15. March 201815 www.gwpmed.org More information: GWP-Med Secretariat www.gwpmed.org nassia@gwpmed.org secretariat@gwpmed.org Τ: +30 210 3247267 GWPMed Thank you! www.waterforthecity.net

Editor's Notes

  • Raising public awareness on the urban water cycle & efficient water use
  • OUR VISION: A water secure world

    MISSION: To advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development

    Enough water for all –
    Social Equity, Economic Efficiency, Ecosystems

    Security from droughts, floods, landslides, disease
    The negative aspects of water

    Improved quality of life for the most vulnerable
    Especially women and children

    An integrated approach
    Holistic, and multi-stakeholder processes
  • INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL APPLICATION
    The proposed intervention will increase the storage capacity of the reservoir of Dipotamos Dam, that is the main water source for the City of Alexandroupolis and six neighboring settlements. The Water Utility has observed that the dam overflows frequently during winter. Thus, the installation of free standing gates on the spillway crest, will allow for additional water to be stored in the reservoir during wet seasons.

    EDUCATION
    Hands-on activities for students in local schools and teacher trainings
    Development of an online platform, “Water-polis | Neroupoli”, that forms as a dynamic and interactive educational tool for both students and teachers

    AWARENESS RAISING
    Dedicated website, publicity material, public campaign
    Communication activities focus on:
    Encouraging water saving
    Promoting green-blue infrastructure
    Disseminating the projects’ achievements


  • They help participants learn better through “Practice by Doing”.

    If you manage to find the correct balance between the skills of the participants and the challenge in the game, the flow of the whole process will be optimal and better results will be achieved.

  • focusing on the use of Non Conventional Water Resources and Green-Blue Infrastructure

  • Realize that the different parts of water management in a city can be integrated into a unified water management regime through the suitable application of technologies at various levels.
  • The duration of the game is approximately 2,5 hours and is facilitated by a trained game master.
  • Map neighbourhoods
    Assign values ( = “points”)
    Use actual elevation trends (ground slope directions)
  • weather forecasts
  • The results depend on:
    Luck/randomness (climatic scenarios, civil society requests)
    Players’ choices
    Cooperation & early realization of strategic planning needs
  • Ministry for Gozo

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