BRAMAR – Strategies and Technologies to Reduce Water Scarcity in Northeast Brazil: Water Reuse, Controlled Groundwater Recharge and Integrated Water Resources Management



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The aim of the German-Brazilian BRAMAR project is to investigate water reuse and controlled groundwater recharge as part of an integrated water resources planning and management in order to combat water scarcity in the semi-arid northeast of Brazil and promote sustainable development in this region.

The research project will also open up the opportunity for German research institutes and companies to contribute to the development of the Brazilian water sector and to gain access to the Brazilian market in key areas.

With the help of scientific and technological approaches, the availability of surface and groundwater as well as opportunities for water reuse in Northeast Brazil will be investigated and the needs of agriculture, communities and industry determined. The influence of climate change and the socio-economic development of the region are also taken into account

Various measures will contribute to the desired sustainability goals, such as control of water pollution through improved wastewater infrastructure, the promotion of water reuse, and controlled groundwater recharge to restore natural groundwater levels.

In order to evaluate these measures as part of an Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM for the short, pilot plants will be established at different project sites. Furthermore, a decision support platform will be developed to facilitate strategic decisions related to IWRM. In addition, a web-based information platform shall ensure the transfer and dissemination of knowledge.


Information about Research Projekt BRAMAR

funding Agency

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (MCTI)


October 2014 to March 2018

Project Manager

Vera Kohlgrüber, M.Sc.

referring website BRAMAR