OPTIMA: Optimisation   for Sustainable
Water Resources Management
   

Project Partners: FEEM, Italy

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Corso Magenta, 63 I-20123 Milano
Tel: ++39 02 520 369 69   Fax: ++39 02 520 369 46
ITALY
  Contacts: Ugo Gasparino ugo.optima@libero.it  
    Barbara Del Corpo barbara.delcorpo@feem.it  
  http://www.feem.it

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is acting a financial coordinator of OPTIMA and will be the responsible lead partner for the central requirements and constraints analysis, and contribute several components to the socio-economic assessment, institutional issues, implementation, as well as evaluation.

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei is a non-profit, non-partisan research institution established to carry out research in the field of sustainable development. Recognised by the President of the Italian Republic in July 1989, it has since become a leading international research centre. One of its principal aims is to promote interaction between academic, industrial and public policy spheres in order to comprehensively address concerns about economic development and environmental degradation. FEEM's activities are guided by four fundamental criteria: to analyse relevant and innovative research areas; to focus on -real- world issues; to integrate multi-disciplinary approaches; and to create and foster international research networks.

Research is organised into seven main areas:

  • Climate Change Modelling and Policy;
  • International Energy Markets;
  • Natural Resources Management;
  • Sustainability Indicators and Environmental Evaluation;
  • Knowledge, Technology and Human Capital;
  • Privatisation, Regulation and Antitrust;
  • Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • Local and Global Governance.
The Natural Resource Management Programme~Rs activities have addressed water management issues such as the integrated analysis of agricultural and water management policies, water and climate change, and water demand and availability in the Mediterranean Countries over the last five years. Four current research projects listed below all deal with the management of water resources. FEEM is the co-ordinating partner of the MULINO project and through its development has been involved in the clustering process that has brought together the extended network of people working on integrated river basin management from a variety of disciplines.

Key Team Members

Ugo Gasparino graduated at the Physics Department of the University of Milan (Italy), Post-Doc at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, EURATOM Association, in Garching bei München (Germany). From 1986 to 1998 he has been working in mathematical/numerical modelling and data analysis at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, collaborating with several Institutes worldwide (NSC-KhPTI - Ucraine, CIEMAT - Spain, JAERI and NIFS - Japan), mainly on the theoretical studies of transport processes in fusion devices. In 1994, awarded a Science and Technology Fellowship by the EU, working for two years in Research Institutes in Japan. Since 1998, Environmental Consultant, working mainly for the Scientific Direction of ARPAL (Environmental Protection Agency of the Region Liguria, Genoa, Italy) on environmental modelling and data analysis, with scientific and administrative responsibilities of several regional, national and international Projects. Experience in data analysis tools (data mining techniques, multivariate statistics, geostatistics, GIS, 3-D visualization) and environmental modelling of the main environmental media - aimed to both risk assessment and environmental impact evaluation: air pollution (continuous emission and accidental releases), water pollution (surface and groundwater quality analysis), soil (contaminated sites), ionizing and non-ionizing radiation). He authored and co-authored about 80 publications, in international journals and conference proceedings.


Barbara Del Corpo
graduated in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Turin.

Besides FEEM, she is research associate of the Dipartimento Interateneo Territorio of the University and Polytechnic of Turin, working on the FP5 Interreg III B Alpine Space Programme (2000-2006), Alpen Corridor South, Lyon-Turin Project.

Local development, governance and public participation, education for sustainable development are her main research interests.


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