G-EAU - Water resource management, actors and uses

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Water has long been the subject of arrangements, uses and forms of organisation that have been maintained and adapted in accordance with technical discoveries and social, political and economic evolutions.

We have now entered a time of mounting competition for water and land resources against a backdrop of climate uncertainty and radical changes in public policies. The “Water resource management, actors and uses” joint research unit (G-EAU) undertakes research with a view to:

  • Putting forward planning methods and tools to help manage water at the level of catchment areas or aquifers (holistic Resource-Use model, simplified representations and negotiation supports)
  • Improving coordination of sectorial policies and land and water use in a context in which resources are used in a variety of ways – which can sometimes be conflicting – and by an array of different people
  • Supplying managers with means for enhancing commercial or personal water supply services (e.g. for farming, drinking water and sanitation), backed up by automatic water flow regulation tools, economic instruments, methods for coordinating with authorities and tools for facilitating user participation
  • Innovating to produce irrigation systems that are less sensitive to variables (market, climate, etc.), thereby reducing environmental risks and making better economic use of water.

The unit has French, European and international partners, notably in the South (CGIAR; universities, etc.).

Lines of research

Line 1 - Water, territories and societies

Line 2 – Functioning and management of water services

Line 3 – Water practices and uses

Line 4 – Education

Teaching and education

  • Host laboratory

Universities of Montpellier I (economics) and II (water sciences)
ENSEEIHT (National School for Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Science, Hydraulics and Telecommunication), ISIM (Institute of Engineering Sciences of Montpellier)

  • Organisation and management of education modules

CNEARC (The French Institute for Training in Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Studies)

Involvement in research programmes


  • Experimental irrigation station in Lavalette (Montpellier) with full irrigation equipment
  • Irrigation Materials Test and Research Laboratory (LERMI) at the CEMAGREF base in Aix-en-Provence
  • The experimental canal in Gignac, fitted out to study automatic regulation of canals
  • Partnerships for the management of sites across several basins in the South fitted with testing instruments.


Patrice Garin
+33 (0)4 67 04 63 39


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