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Round table on participatory approaches during EFIMED Week 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News

An overview on the BeWater approach for participative and bottom-up management of river basin was presented during EFIMED Week 2016, held in Calabria Region (Italy) from the 7th to the 9th of November. Sihem Jebari from INRGREF (Tunisia) presented insights and results obtained in the Rmel Case Study River Basin, part of a round table focused on innovative and participatory approaches.

The BeWater approach, along with the insights from the Montagne Fiorentine Model Forest (Tuscany, Italy) and of the network of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (ICTA-UAB), showed how the success of an initiative may often be determined by the use of bottom-up approaches. Although all three cases had an emphasis on stakeholder participation, they each presented different methods for engagement. The Montagne Fiorentine Model Forest has established a trademark for local timber products, while in the Biosphere network, local stakeholders are encouraged to be directly involved, with great importance attached to communication and educational dimensions. In the case of Rmel’s river basin in Tunisia, the process of putting together a river basin adaptation plan with the participation of local stakeholders was described.



New studies on the Pedieos river

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

The Pedieos River has for centuries been closely linked with the flourishing of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. Researchers at The Cyprus Institute just published two scientific research papers on studies carried out on the Pedieos River in the context of the BeWater project.

The first study examined the historical flooding of Nicosia caused by the Pedieos River and the mitigation measures adopted throughout the city’s history. Historical records showed prayers and other religious rituals as means to manage floods in the 14th century, while technical measures such as stormwater drainage networks and dam construction prevailed in the 20th and 21st century. The study concludes that as flooding issues still persist and become more complex with the rapid development of the city, integrated planning and informed policy implementation that makes good use of the lessons of history can be of critical importance.

Citizens join experts to develop River Basin Adaptation Plans

Thursday, 22 September 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

Citizens from around the Mediterranean have participated in adaptation planning for the management of their local river basin in the light of global change. Based on a novel approach developed over the course of the EU-funded BeWater project, stakeholders from four Case Study River Basins were engaged in a collaborative process with experts and policy makers.

The process has culminated in the drafting of four River Basin Adaptation Plans, aimed at fostering adaptation to climate change within the basins. The innovative participatory approach is not only replicable in other Mediterranean river basins, but could be used in other environmental decision-making processes or scaled up to develop guidelines of national and international relevance.

With future climate change projections for the Euro-Mediterranean region estimating an increase in water scarcity and droughts, substantial socioeconomic losses and environmental impacts are expected to significantly affect river basin dwellers. Sustainable water management strategies are needed urgently. To maximise their effectiveness, local communities must engage with such strategies and play an active role in their development.

BeWater adaptation plans put into practice!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 Posted in Vipava Society, Slovenia , News, BeWater News

The recently developed river basin adaptation plan for the Vipava river basin contains water management options to tackle the challenges arising from global change. Two options described in the plan will now be implemented.

The BeWater partner Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia will participate in the forthcoming LIFE project called ViVaCCAdapt – Adapting to the impacts of Climate Change in the Vipava Valley.

3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

Friday, 09 September 2016 Posted in Events, News, BeWater News

6-9 June 2017, SECC, Glasgow

The theme of ECCA 2017 is ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. Our vision is to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We will bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground –from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers.

Set in the cultural city of Glasgow, at the heart of a city-region that is putting climate adaptation and climate justice at the core of decision-making, ECCA 2017 offers a unique opportunity to visit innovative local adaptation projects and share experience of how climate adaptation can work in practice.

ECCA 2017 is aiming to encourage broad participation and interaction across the science, policy, business and practice communities. There will be three types of session: Practice, Science and Science-Practice, as well as a business-focused day.

BeWater News, Edition 5, July 2016

Friday, 08 July 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Newsletter

The fifth edition of BeWater News briefs you on the forthcoming River Basin Adaptation Plans. In this edition, you will also find information on the recent project meeting in Tunisia, youth activities and activities to ensure the sustainability and continued impact of BeWater.

This edition also includes videos of stakeholders, other news and upcoming events such as the River Basin Adaptation Conference.


BeWater News, Edition 5, July 2016



BeWater at the ECOSUMMIT conference

Friday, 08 July 2016 Posted in Events, News, BeWater News

The BeWater project developed an approach to formulate and evaluate water management options, as a basis for adaptation planning. EFI researcher Hans Verkerk will present this approach at the EcoSummit 2016 conference, which will take place from 29 August to 1 September 2016 in Montpellier, France.


EcoSummit-2016 300EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change is the 5th International EcoSummit Congress. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen as a forum to meet the demands of scientists working in several new ecological disciplines, and who required a better understanding of the concepts and methods for a holistic use of ecology in environmental management.

Ensuring the sustainability of BeWater

Thursday, 07 July 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News

To ensure the sustainability and continued impact of BeWater, its project partners are exploring options how projects results can be taken up in future research on water management. This is done by identifying relevant models or approaches that are used in European research projects to international cooperation and by identifying national support mechanisms to international water management research.

water-wet-river-nature-60685The BeWater project partner Europe for Business Ltd is leading the tasks within the work packages 2 and 7 with regards to the heritage of BeWater and has completed two activities. The first activity intended to analyse and outline the results of previous, ongoing and future projects under similar topics as addressed by BeWater, which are developed in target countries: Spain, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, Tunisia, Slovenia, Belgium, Greece, Italy. The main goal of this activity was to perform an assessment of the effectiveness and impact of different approaches of water management cooperation, and enhance the positive impact of BEWATER activities benefiting from those lessons learned, particularly through projects funded by the European Union’s 7th framework and Horizon2020 programs. It allows preparing a summary of the best practices, which could be applied and adapted to the EU-Mediterranean cooperation context, not only for the water sector but also for other sectors such as Energy or Environment, to the attention of policymakers and cooperation programme owners. 

Strengthening the role of Tunisian youth in water resources management

Monday, 04 July 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

BeWater is continuing its involvement with the Tunisian youth in the Rmel river basin and the Zaghouan region, to strengthen their role in water resources management and climate change adaptation. To achieve maximum added value, BeWater linked up with the Global Water Partnership’s “Youth for Water and Climate”, another initiative wishing to raise the youth’s voice on the international level, organising interventions at UNFCC COP21 and 22, MEDCOP 21 and 22 etc.

Following the recommendations from the national consultation workshop held in July 2015, the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) that runs the BeWater youth initiative developed an action plan for a stronger youth engagement in water resources management. The action plan contains two main activity pillars: i) training activities addressed to youth NGOs to enhance their capacities; and ii) awareness raising activities aimed at civil society, on the youth’s potential to contribute to a more sustainable water resources management.

The action plan’s implementation started with a national capacity building workshop targeting youth NGO stakeholders active in water resources management in November 2015, with the objective to raise their capacity to address the challenge of sustainable water resources management under climate change constraints; in specific, to mobilize them in the planning and implementation of an awareness raising campaign. This effort led to the ÔVI campaign (eau=vie/water=life) during February and March 2016, a national campaign in Tunisian primary schools for awareness raising on water scarcity and the importance of water saving. Apart from guidance provided by GWP-Med and coordination by the NGO “International Lions Club”, the events were organised by the respective NGOs.

Final stage in the development of four River Basin Adaptation Plans

Thursday, 30 June 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News

Using a novel approach developed within and for the BeWater project, four River Basin Adaptation Plans are being developed that aim at fostering adaptation to climate change within targeted river basins. These plans have been formulated over the course of the project and represent the result of intense team effort, wide stakeholder involvement, targeted information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning. The plans will be available in August 2016.

final stage rbap 300

A key objective of the BeWater project is the collaborative development of adaptive water management approaches at the river basin scale in the Mediterranean region, and specifically of a River Basin Adaptation Plan for each of four pilot case studies: Tordera (Spain), Pedieos (Cyprus), Rmel (Tunisia) and Vipava (Slovenia). These plans have been formulated over the course of the project and represent the result of intense team effort, wide stakeholder involvement, targeted information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning. The plans developed for these basins will serve as a reference for other basins - within the Mediterranean region and beyond - that wish to increase their resilience and undertake such a participatory development process.

BeWater project partners meet up in Tunisia

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News

The BeWater project is entering its final year. The project partners gathered in Hammamet (Tunisia) on 19 and 20 April for the 6th steering committee meeting to discuss major project tasks that will be completed during remaining months. These tasks include, amongst others, the completion of the River Basin Adaptation Plans for four case study river basins, the development of a handbook on best practices, the policy analysis and the organisation of several events and the final conference. The project partners will meet again in spring 2017.


Meeting Hammamet April16 300On the first day, the project partners briefed each other on recent achievements and tasks ahead. During March and April 2017 the third round of stakeholder workshops was organised in in the Pedieos, Rmel, Tordera and Vipava river basins. The outcomes of these workshops were presented by the case study partners CyIINRGREF, CREAF and IzVRS and Ecologic Institute, illustrating how these outcomes will be used to finalise the River Basin Adaptation Plans, which will be published during summer 2016. Lessons learnt during the development of these river basin adaptation plans will be synthesised in a handbook. This handbook aims to constitute a reference for other Mediterranean river basins by offering experience-based guidelines outlining the different steps and considerations involved in designing a river basin adaptation plan. The handbook will be published by the end of 2016.

Stakeholders from the Vipava river basin speak about the BeWater approach

Monday, 27 June 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News

Članek v slovenščini

During a conference which took place the 12 October 2015 at the Vipava river basin, participants expressed their opinions about the methodological approach of the BeWater project. Check out the videos and listen to their views.

The videos are in Slovenian, but you can turn-on English subtitles by clicking on the video's CC button.


Identifying synergies between water management options to tackle global change in the Rmel river basin

Thursday, 02 June 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

Climate change is expected to lead to decreasing precipitation, increasing temperature and occurrences of extreme dry years in the Rmel river basin. These impacts, together with an expected increase in the use of water for irrigation, drinking water, tourism, and industry, represent important challenges for the future management of the river basin. A plan is now being developed by citizens and scientists on how to adapt the management of the Rmel river basin to these changing conditions in the future.


During a workshop on April 7th in Tunis, 31 participants discussed how management options could be implemented in an adaptation plan to address the challenges of climate change and other pressures on the Rmel river basin. The workshop explored how 19 water management measures identified in previous workshops can be combined and whether there are potential synergies and conflicts between them, as well as their implementation in practice. The participants of the workshop identified and discussed potential synergies and conflicts between the different suggested measures.

BeWater project dissemination at Water JPI conference

Thursday, 19 May 2016 Posted in Events, News, BeWater News

Europe for Business Ltd representative Leonardo Piccinetti, Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre (CREAF) representative Olga Roig-Herrera and University of Palermo representative Giovanni Galasso disseminated information about the BeWater project at Joint Programme Initiative in Water (Water JPI) conference in Rome, Italy on 19 May 2016.

Representatives presented project objectives and results achieved so far. The main purpose of the attendance was to engage Water Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and create a strong synergies and links with the other European Union research initiatives and projects that go in line with the BeWater project.

Single water management measures are insufficient to tackle global change in the Pedieos river basin

Friday, 15 April 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

Climate change is affecting our environment and our water resources. Research and dialogue are needed to identify how to adapt to longer droughts, higher temperatures and more intense rain events. A participatory workshop at the Cyprus Institute on March 18th engaged representatives of governmental and local authorities, including the Departments of Water Development, Agriculture and Town Planning and Housing, as well as Municipalities and Community Councils to develop an adaptation plan for the Pedieos river basin.

To address the challenges of climate change and other pressures on the Pedieos river basin, the workshop explored how water management measures identified in previous workshops can be combined and whether there are potential synergies and conflicts between them, as well as their implementation in practise. The thirteen participants of the workshop identified and discussed potential synergies and conflicts between 30 individual measures. Participants identified the implementation timeline of the measures based on their effectiveness over time and their preferences. They also highlighted the effectiveness of implementing bundles of measures compared to implementing individual options. Participants identified the lack of environmental awareness among society, limited political interest and the absence of a mechanism for coordination between different authorities as potential obstacles in the implementation of climate change adaptation measures.

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