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BeWater trains Tunisian youth NGOs

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

BeWater trains Tunisian youth NGOs to address the challenge of sustainable water resources management under climate change constraints. 

As a follow-up to its involvement with youth stakeholders in the Rmel River Basin in the Tunisian Province of Zaghouan, and the consultation workshop held there on July, 31st, with local youth participation, under the thematic “Boundaries and guidelines for a committed and active involvement of youth in sustainable water resources management and the fight against climate change”, the BeWater Project made further steps in the region on that front: BeWater Consortium partner, GWP-Med, along with Consortium partner INRGREF, held a very interesting and successful training for youth NGO members on November, 13th-14th, bringing together 30 youth stakeholders active in water resources management, from different Tunisian regions.

Local citizens work together with scientists to tackle challenges for water management in the Tordera river basin

Monday, 14 December 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

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Climate change and other global developments are expected to affect the Tordera river basin. Local citizens are now working together with scientists to identify the main challenges ahead for the management of water resources, as well as potential solutions to adapt 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. Participants of these workshops shared an interest in the 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, these options were refined and evaluated.

International event: “Climate change: we are all responsible”

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

Over eight days, 20 organizations from Brazil and Europe had shared good practices for the wide audience. The objective of the event was to contribute to efforts to contain climate change on the following topics: water, energy, solid waste, land use and agriculture, urbanisation and urban mobility, security and climate.

EU ambassador in Brazil, João Gomes Cravinho, said, “Important part of our work is cooperation with our international partners. It is impressive to see the incredible range of climate initiatives and solutions emerging and building up in different parts of the world.” International cooperation is important for us as well due to obvious fact that only working together we will be able to change our habits which are essential to the survival of the planet in the context of climate change.

International workshop in the frame of FP7 Cropsustain

Monday, 30 November 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

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Adaptation and mitigation of climate change effects in agro-ecosystems – Towards efficient actions implementation

On November 24th 2015, International workshop on adaptation of climate change effects in agro ecosystems was organised in Ljubljana by Agicultural Institute of Slovenia in the frame of FP7 Cropsustain. His excellency, the French Ambassador in Slovenia and numerous international experts in the field of agriculture and environment took part at the workshop.

Local citizens discuss options to manage future water resources in the Rmel river basin

Monday, 26 October 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

Climate change and other global developments are expected to affect the Rmel river basin. Local citizens are discussing with scientists how to manage water resources in order to adapt to changing future conditions.

 

Through a series of workshops, scientists from the National Research Institute for Rural Engineering Water and Forestry (INRGREF) are discussing water management strategies to deal with global change for the Rmel river basin with local stakeholders. In a first workshop, the participants identified the main challenges for the management of water resources and suggested options to deal with these challenges. In a second workshop, these options were refined and evaluated. On 7 October, an open consultation event was held in Tunis (Tunisia). This event was attended by about 50 participants including engineers, educators, administrators, sociologists, policy makers and planners who covered various sectors such as agriculture, education, associations, technical directions, irrigation, and development.

Local citizens discuss options to manage future water resources in the Vipava river basin

Monday, 26 October 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

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Vipava river basinClimate change and other global developments are expected to affect the Vipava river basin. Local citizens are discussing with scientists how to manage water resources in order to adapt to changing future conditions.

Through a series of workshops, scientists from the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia (IzVRS) are discussing water management strategies to deal with global change for the Vipava river basin with local stakeholders. In a first workshop, the participants identified the main challenges for the management of water resources and suggested options to deal with these challenges. In a second workshop, these options were refined and evaluated. On 12 October, an open consultation event was held in Ajdovščina. This event was attended by 16 stakeholders representing public administration, forestry, nature conservation, industry and agriculture.

BeWater project presents actions to adapt to global change in Tordera basin

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

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The international team of BeWater project returns to the Tordera basin to present options for adaptive water management produced jointly by citizens and scientists from 2014 to today.

This Saturday we meet at Can Moragues, Riudarenes between 10.00 and 14.00 for a session open to the basin citizen who are interested in learning and discussing about the proposals resulting from the work done so far in the project.

Citizens and scientists met for the first time in Sant Celoni in May 2014 where they presented scientific results to evaluate current and future impacts of climate change in the basin. Participants shared their perspectives on which are the challenges to be dealt with in the region, what are the goals to which we aspire and suggest proposals to get there. The greatest challenges that have been put on the table are the improvement of water quality, the amount of water available, the health of forest and water ecosystems and the adoption of integrated management strategies.

Local citizens work with scientists to tackle challenges for water management in Vipava

Monday, 12 October 2015 Posted in BeWater News, Vipava Society, Slovenia , News

Climate change and other global developments are expected to affect the Vipava river basin. Local citizens are now working together with scientists to identify the main challenges ahead for the management of water resources, as well as potential solutions to adapt to changing future conditions.

Scientists from the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia (IZVRS) 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. Participants of these workshops shared an interest in the 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, these options were refined and evaluated.

BeWater works with Tunisian youth in water resources management and climate change adaptation

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

Enhancing communication and dissemination of the project results with target audiences is a key priority for the BeWater project, which is focused in promoting stakeholders’ active role in determining appropriate strategies for sustainable water management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the Mediterranean at river basin level. 

As Youth is undoubtedly a key stakeholder in the Mediterranean South, with the role it has played in the recent sociopolitical developments and its robust demographics, BeWater has decided to invest and promote youth activity in the Rmel river basin in Tunisia’s Zaghouan province, one of the project’s four case study river basins, in order to help enhancing the Tunisian youth’s involvement in water resources management and climate change adaptation.

Citizens and scientists work together on water management challenges in the Rmel river basin

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

04 rmel 2ndWSClimate change and other global developments are expected to affect the Rmel river basin. Local citizens are now working together with scientists to identify the main challenges ahead for the management of water resources, as well as potential solutions to adapt 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. Participants of these workshops shared an interest in the basin and included farmers, water user associations, official representatives, teachers, environmental NGOs, members of the tourism and industry sectors and agricultural unions.

Using multiple languages during a workshop

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

It isn't easy to communicate with target audiences in multiple languages during a workshop. The following video shows extracts from a BeWater workshop in Cyprus. Both Greek and English were used simultaneously as the workshop languages to ensure that participants felt comfortable expressing their ideas and contributing to the outcomes. Martin Watson from SW Visions was part of the facilitation team put together by BeWater project partner, PROSPEX.

The BeWater project promotes dialogue and collaboration between science and society for sustainable water management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the Mediterranean, using an iterative process of mutual learning, participatory techniques and a bottom-up approach.

 

Enhancing communications with stakeholders in Zaghouan

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

Enhancing communications with target audiences in workshop settings is a key priority in BeWater. Martin Watson, from SW Visions and part of the BeWater Project partner PROSPEX facilitation team, discusses the issue in this video, taken at the Rmel River Basin workshop, Tunisia, where participants discussed Water Management Options (WMO).

BeWater uses an iterative process of mutual learning, participatory techniques and a bottom-up approach to ensure that stakeholders play an active role in determining appropriate strategies for management of river basins.

 

BeWater News, Edition 3, July 2015

Friday, 17 July 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News, Newsletter

BeWater News Edition3 tbn300The third edition of BeWater News focusses on the Water Management Options workshops, which were held in the four Case Study River Basins between May and July 2015.

Also included is a feature on the stakeholder identification and participatory processes, as well as a video on enhancing communication with stakeholders, radio interviews and much more.

 

BeWater News, Edition 3, July 2015

 

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Mediterranean citizens and scientists evaluate actions to manage water in the face of global change

Thursday, 16 July 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

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Citizens have evaluated Water Management Options for local river basins in the four cardinal points of the Mediterranean.

In a second cycle of workshops, part of the EU-funded BeWater Project, participants discussed the first results of an analysis by scientists on the potential outcomes of different Water Management Options, targeting the issues and challenges identified by River Basin stakeholders last year. Options for each Basin were then evaluated based on stakeholder preferences.

Stakeholders and participation

Thursday, 16 July 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News

Dr. Steven LibbrechtStakeholders play a vital role in BeWater and their active participation in the iterative process is key to the project's success. Here Dr. Steven Libbrecht describes the stakeholder identification process for the four Case Study River Basins and the advantages and challenges of the participatory approach employed by the project.

 

 

Dr. Libbrecht is a senior consultant in PROSPEX and WP3 Leader in the BeWater Project. He is specialised in corporate development and has wide experience in designing and facilitating participative group processes to assist robust decision-making in multi-stakeholder settings.

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