Dr. María Reyes, researcher of the Department of Environmental Systems Analysis of the University of Wageningen, travelled to Alicante from January 11th until February 5th, in order to carry out together with the team of the University of Alicante (Dr. Antonio Rico, Dr. Sandra Ricart and Dr. Rubén Villar), the first phase of the fieldwork related to the Spanish case study (Benidorm) of the SIMTWIST project. The fieldwork consisted of interviews – previously scheduled – with each of the 11 actors that make up the management model of the Benidorm hydro-social cycle in relation to the tourism-water nexus. Each of the interviews was divided into two sections: the first part consisted of a conceptual map regarding the perception of what a robust integrated water system requires, while the second part consisted of a questionnaire on governance and the capacity to reach agreements on key issues of the water system. The analysis of each stakeholder’s conceptual model is an essential part of the project’s WP3, which focuses on participatory modelling of the water system. On the other hand, the questionnaire is a fundamental component of WP4, which deals with the hydro-social cycle of the city of Benidorm.
From November 25th to 30th, Bas Amelung, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences (WUR) and coordinator of the SIMTWIST project, visited the Interuniversity Institute of Geography. During his stay, Bas Amelung has been working with the Spanish colleagues on scientific and teaching activities. Among the main activities carried out are a field visit to the case study of Benidorm and some meetings with stakeholders directly involved in the SIMTWIST project (e.g., the Marina Baja Water Consortium).
In respect of teaching, Bas Amelung has gave a “Tourism’s Carbon Footprint” lecture to students from BSc Degree in Tourism and Master’s Degree in Planning and Management of Natural Risks. This lecture had a theoretical-practical nature in which, for example, attendees could calculate the carbon footprint of their last trip through a mobile application.
From June 24th till 26th 2019 the SIMTWIST kick-off meeting was carried out at Wageningen-the Netherlands, in the WUR Campus. The purpose of the kick-off meeting was to get to know all partners involved and learn more about the challenges the project aims to address in the case study areas (Benidorm and Rimini). Read more here