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European Policy Event: stakeholder engagement essential in adaptation planning

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

Engaging stakeholders in adaptation planning is widely considered to enhance the degree of acceptance and political relevance of environmental policy measures. Yet significant room exists for improvement in the design and implementation of stakeholder participation in environmental and climate change-related decision-making processes.

A European Policy Event entitled ‘Implementing COP22 agreements: River basin adaptation planning through stakeholder engagement’ was organised by Ecologic Institute within the EU-funded BeWater project. The event, which was held in Brussels on 9 February 2017, aimed to foster adaptation planning at river basin level by demonstrating the critical value of stakeholder engagement and to articulate politically relevant recommendations to inform ongoing work in the aftermath of the COP 21 and 22. A set of key policy recommendations formulated within the BeWater project and experiences from other European projects served as the foundation for the event.

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BeWater results reach Rmel river basin

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

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Results from the BeWater project in Rmel river basin, were shared with a range of stakeholders and the wider public,  through a publicity campaign which took place between September 2016 and March 2017.

The Rmel mobile exhibition was held in the ecological museum in Zaghouan during the month of September 2016. This exhibtion targeted the wider public, aiming to increase their awareness on water sector issues in Tunisia and show the added value of the BeWater project.

BeWater card game at Zaghouan Youth Centre, photo: INRGREF

 

BeWater publicity campaign targets Tordera

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Posted in Tordera Society, Spain , BeWater News, News

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Results from the BeWater project were brought to the wider public in Tordera river basin, through a publicity campaign which took place between September 2016 and March 2017.

The mobile exhibition of banners, which have been used throroughout the project to raise awareness, was completed with a final banner portraying the full set of water management options obtained during the process to develop the Tordera River Basin Adaptation Plan. The complete collection of banners was exhibited from 19 January to 19 February 2017, at the Blanes Municipal Library, mostly targeting the local community and students of different grades.

 

Publicity Campaign event in Blanes, photo: CREAF

BeWater brought to public attention in Vipava river basin

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Posted in BeWater News, Vipava Society, Slovenia , News

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BeWater project outcomes were shared with stakeholders and the wider public in Vipava, during a publicity campaign in the river basin from  September 2016 to March 2017.

The mobile exhibition, developed during the course of the project, was hosted in various places around the Vipava river basin to inform the wider public about sustainable water management and increasing social responsibility in the field of water management in the Vipava River Basin. These included exhibitions at Škofijska Gimnazija Vipava, the University of Nova Gorica, the Library of France Bevk, the Youth Centre and hostel Ajdovščina, and the Hotel Perla, Nova Gorica, for the international River Basin Adaptation Conference.

 

Publicity Campaign event at the Third meeting of the Council for Vipava, Photo: IVzRS

Powerful publicity campaign in Pedieos river basin

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Posted in News, BeWater News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

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The wider public were targeted in Pedieos river basin by a publicity campaign, which took place between September 2016 and March 2017. The campaign shared the results of the BeWater project in the basin and raised public awareness on the issues of managing the basin.

The Cyprus Institute research team presented the Pedieos River Basin Adaptation Plan to the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament, on 15 February 2017. The Committee Members acknowledged the importance of scientific research in adapting to climate change, highlighting the eminent need for implementing the prioritised adaptation options and expressed their willingness to cooperate in finding viable solutions.

World Water Day event, Nicosia: Photo: Christos Zoumides, CyI

Think global, act local: successful adaptation strategies start small

Monday, 27 March 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

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Adaptation strategies initiated at local level are those best suited for rolling out into implementation. This was one of the key messages among the conclusions derived from an intense day of presentations, lightning talks, individual reflection and a final panel discussion at the River Basin Adaptation Conference, held in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, on 7 March 2017.

Water supply and water stress workshop in Barcelona

Friday, 10 March 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

27 March, Centre Cívic Pati Llimona, Barcelona

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The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) organizes in collaboration with other organizations the workshop: "Water supply and water stress – what roles for Economic Instruments?"

The event focuses on areas as capacity building, programmatic development and communication in the field of environmental taxation and budgetary reform.

Read the workshop agenda

 

BeWater Project Local Policy Forum in the Tordera River Basin

Thursday, 09 March 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

This article in Catalan

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On Tuesday 24 January, the final local event of the BeWater project, a European project coordinated by CREAF was celebrated in Sant Celoni (Vallès Oriental).

Initially, the BeWater project coordinator, Anabel Sanchez, presented the process of project development in the  Tordera basin, which has developed one of the four plans produced within the project along with three others in Cyprus, Slovenia and Tunisia, as well as the methodologies and the approaches used.

Then Annelies Broekman, responsible for the Tordera case study, presented the final results of the project: the 33 actions included in the Tordera River Basin Adaptation Plan, in which scientists, managers and a wide range of people and groups related to the basin have contributed to.

Recipe for success in River Basin Adaptation Planning

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

A new BeWater infographic shares a recipe for participation from science and society in river basin adaptation planning.

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The Cyprus Institute water researchers discuss climate change adaptation with Members of the Cyprus Parliament

Thursday, 16 February 2017 Posted in News, BeWater News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

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A Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Pedieos River Basin

The water researchers of the Cyprus Institute presented a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Pedieos River Basin to the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament, on 15 February 2017. Modelling studies conducted by The Cyprus Institute show how Cyprus is becoming warmer and drier, whereas more flood events can also be expected. Societies need to become aware how to adapt to these changes. 

The Adaptation Plan for the Pedieos River Basin was developed as part of BeWater, an EU-funded science and society research project. Similar plans were developed in Spain, Slovenia and Tunisia, with support from European and international research organizations, consultancies and experts in stakeholder engagement. Dr Adamos Adamou, chairman of the Committee on Environment, stressed the importance for Cyprus to participate in such European research cooperation projects.

Successful Tordera River Basin stakeholder event in the news

Friday, 10 February 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

This article in Catalan

BeWater project was featured in the online newspaper iagua.es following the successful stakeholder event held in Tordera River Basin on 24 January 2017, where the River Basin Adaptation Plan and water management options were presented and the potential and possibilities for their implementation considered.

Read the full article (Spanish)

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Sarah Adams

River Basin Adaptation Conference: registrations closing!

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 Posted in Events, BeWater News, News

Registrations for the River Basin Adaptation Conference, which will be held in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on 7 – 8 March 2017, will close on 28 February 2017.

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The conference is open to practitioners, scientists, stakeholders and policy-makers, indeed anyone interested in considering strategies for adapting river basins in the face of climate change and other pressures. The aim is to share experiences and identify best-practices on science-society interactions for river basin management and climate change adaptation.

New handbook on participatory adaptation planning

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 Posted in Tordera Society, Spain , News, Vipava Society, Slovenia , BeWater News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus, Rmel Society, Tunisia


Collaboration between science and society has led to the publication of a handbook documenting the participatory approach used in developing adaptive management plans for river basins.

The handbook, a product of three years' collaborative work during the EU-funded BeWater Project, describes the BeWater approach, which brought together experts, practitioners, policy makers and citizens to plan for adaptation to global change in four Mediterranean river basins.

The step-by-step guide facilitates replication and modification of the approach by other basins that wish to undertake a scientific participatory process to increase river basin resilience. The handbook is also intended to support environmental decision-making processes in other fields and sectors.

New article on roles in participatory approaches for adaptation planning

Thursday, 02 February 2017 Posted in BeWater News, News

steven-libbrechtRiver basin management affects the citizens living in them. A new article by Dr. Steven Libbrecht in the December 2016 issue of the magazine Sustainable Mediterranean addresses how stakeholders can be involved in river basin adaptation planning. The issue includes publications from the Summer University of Samothraki 2016, with a focus on the integrated management approaches for biosphere reserves and other designated areas.

Within the framework of the summer school, Dr. Steven Libbrecht presents the BeWater approach and he reflects on how a partnership of a local party knowing the basin and the stakeholders, a scientific expert party and a stakeholder engagement expert party can successfully work together to operationalise the approach.

The article is available for download (pages 65-69).

Science in society insight

Thursday, 02 February 2017 Posted in Tordera Society, Spain , News, Vipava Society, Slovenia , BeWater News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus, Rmel Society, Tunisia

portada citizen participation at work“Citizen participation at work: Experiences from the BeWater project” is a new article by Dr. Annelies Broekman and Ms. Anabel Sánchez reflecting on the BeWater approach to involve society in river basin adaptation planning in four river basins.

The article reflects on the experiences gained within the project on how citizens from around the Mediterranean have participated in adaptation planning for the management of their local river basin in response to global change. The article highlights that the approach was met with enthusiasm by local stakeholders and enhanced mutual learning between science and society.


The article is available for download.

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