Ensuring the sustainability of BeWater
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.
The 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.
A second activity focused on national support mechanisms to international water management research. This activity aims at identifying national agencies and funding research organisations in water management sector in targeted countries, identifying, in this way, critical factors that influence the ability of research organisations to launch or get involved in collaborative projects with European counterparties.
Both analysis provide a comprehensive view of research system aspects and projects in different countries in Europe and beyond. Next steps include the organisation of a consultation workshop entitled ‘Lessons learnt from water projects of international cooperation and synchronisation with funding agencies’, which will be held on 30-31 January, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.