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BeWater project partners meet up in Tunisia

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 Posted in BeWater News, 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.

BeWater at the Adaptation Futures conference

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 Posted in Events, News

Project coordinator Anabel Sanchez presented the BeWater approach at the Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam on 11 May 2016. The conference attracted over 1600 participants from more than 100 countries, representing the business community, governments and non-governmental organisations, scientists and practitioners.

 

AdaptionFuture

The Adaptation Futures conference aimed to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting solutions across sectors, borders and communities. The state of art of adaptation strategies and methods presented throughout the conference revealed a strong diversity of approaches, combining innovative technologies and nature-based solutions with more governance related processes. The need for better natural resource management strategies was stressed, focusing on the central role of citizen participation and innovative governance practices.

Stakeholders from the Vipava river basin speak about the BeWater approach

Monday, 27 June 2016 Posted in BeWater News, 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 News, BeWater 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, BeWater News, 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.

Adaptation Futures Conference 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 Posted in Events, News

AdaptionFutureAdaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). In 2016 the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands co-host the fourth edition in Rotterdam, 10-13 May.

Anabel Sánchez and Annelies Broekman from CREAF are presenting BeWater in the session SC3.2 Fresh water availability and access: guidelines and methodologies.

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

Friday, 15 April 2016 Posted in News, BeWater 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.

Planning for climate change in the Tordera river basin

Thursday, 14 April 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

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Climate change and other pressures are affecting the environment and water resources in the Tordera river basin. A plan is needed on how to adapt the management of the river basin and its water resources to changing future conditions. During a workshop on April 8th in St. Celoni, 20 participants discussed how identified management options could be implemented in an adaptation plan for the Tordera river basin.

To address the challenges of climate change and other pressures on the Tordera river basin a workshop took place 'la Rectoria Vella', St. Celoni. The workshop aimed to develop plans to adapt management of the Tordera river basin to these pressures. Participants of the workshop identified different combinations of management options and their phasing in time with the aim to enhance the effectiveness of the implementation process. Synergies with existing plans and programs were highlighted and key stakeholders declared their willingness to foster the integration of the proposals that were elaborated. Participants highlighted that to overcome the main barriers for implementing management options it is need to increase inter-department coordination and simplification of bureaucracy is needed to access funding.

How to implement options to adapt to global change in the Vipava river basin?

Thursday, 14 April 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

Članek v slovenščini

Climate change and other pressures are affecting the environment and water resources in the Vipava river basin. A plan is being developed on how to adapt the management of the river basin and its water resources to changing conditions in the future. During an open consultation event on March 23rd in Ajdovščina 21 participants discussed how identified management options could be implemented in an adaptation plan for the Vipava river basin.

As part of the BeWater project, scientists from the Institute for Water of the RS together with experts from Ecologic Insitute from Germany organised the event in Ajdovščina at the premises of the regional Chamber of Craft and Small Business. The main objective of the event was to discuss and to optimize the content of the adaptation plan that is being prepared for the river basin in a participatory process. The open consultation was attended by 21 stakeholders from different sectors, united by joint concern for the Vipava river basin.

The BeWater Aproach according to stakeholders in the Tordera and Vipava river basins

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

Participants of the open consultation on 12 October 2015 in the Vipava river basin and 24 October 2015 in the Tordera river basin tell what they think about the BeWater Approach. Watch the videos and hear what they think.

 

Developing plans to adapt to global change in the Tordera river basin

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

Aquest article en Català

Climate change and other pressures are affecting the environment and water resources in the Tordera river basin. Plans are needed on how to adapt the management of the river basin and its water resources to changing future conditions.

Scientists from the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) are involved in the BeWater project and have organised several workshops to discuss water management in the context of global change for the Tordera river basin. In a first workshop the participants identified challenges related to water management and discussed options to deal with these challenges. In a second workshop and a consultation, no less than 33 options were refined and evaluated. Preferred options were establishing ecological flows and recovery of groundwater levels, access and availability of information, the involvement and commitment of citizens and agreements for adaptive forest management.

Developing plans to adapt to climate change in the Rmel river basin

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

Cet article en Français

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Climate change and other pressures are affecting the environment and water resources in the Rmel river basin. Plans are needed on how to adapt the management of the river basin and its water resources to changing future conditions.

 

Scientists from the National Research Institute for Rural Engineering Water and Forestry (INRGREF)are involved in the BeWater project and have organised several workshops to discuss water management in the context of global change for the Rmel River Basin. In a first workshop the participants identified challenges related to water management and discussed options to deal with these challenges. In a second workshop and a consultation, no less than 19 options were refined and evaluated. Preferred options were Consolidation of existing water and soil conservation techniques, use of water irrigation technologies and awareness campaign and learning on natural resources management.

Celebrating World Water Day 2016 in Tunisia with a workshop on “Water, Youth and Employment”

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

Upon finalisation of the campaign ÔVI (eau=vie / water=life) that has been running throughout February and March in primary schools around Tunisia to raise awareness on water scarcity and the importance of water saving, the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) celebrated the World Water Day by organising a workshop on “Water, Youth and Employment” on Saturday, 19 March 2016, in Hammamet.

The workshop, as well as the whole campaign itself, have been held in cooperation with the partner organisation International Association of Lions Clubs, within the framework of GWP’s “Youth for Water and Climate” Initiative, the BeWater Project and their joint efforts in raising the Tunisian youth's voice on water resources management.

Stakeholders speak about the BeWater Approach

Thursday, 24 March 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

Stakeholders in the Rmel river basin discussed water management options during a stakeholder event on 7 October 2015. Watch the video and hear what they think about the BeWater approach.

 

Developing plans to adapt to climate change in the Vipava river basin

Monday, 21 March 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

Članek v slovenščini

Climate change and other pressures are affecting the environment and water resources in the Vipava River Basin. Plans are needed on how to adapt the management of the river basin and its water resources to changing future conditions.

 

Scientists from the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia are involved in the BeWater project and have organised several workshops to discuss water management in the context of global change for the Vipava River Basin. In a first workshop the participants identified challenges related to water management and discussed options to deal with these challenges. In a second workshop and an open consultation, no less than 20 options were refined and evaluated. Preferred options were the creation of inter-municipal expert working group for the Vipava river basin, raising awareness of different groups of stakeholders and construction of water reservoirs on the watercourses in the upper part of the Vipava river basin.

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