The overall goal of IMPETUS aimed at developing an interdisciplinary, integrative approach to mitigating region-specific risks of Global Change as they relate to the hydrological cycle for two differing catchments. The target areas were the Ouémé basin in Benin and the Drâa catchment in Morocco. Ultimately, decision makers in Benin and Morocco were given tools that have helped them analyze decision-making problems and understand the phenomena underlying these problems. This then allowed these parties to assess the impact of their decisions and to implement sustainable management options for water resources that are so vital to life. Results of these different options can be compared and evaluated for different scenarios using
Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSSs), Information Systems (ISs)
Monitoring Tools (MTs)
. These tools are described in Part II of this book. Target years were chosen as 2025 for Benin and 2020 for Morocco based on pre-existing, long-term government strategy papers.