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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.

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)

 

 

 

 

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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.

BeWater News, Edition 6, December 2016

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 Posted in News, BeWater News, Newsletter

cover for news item BW webThe sixth edition of BeWater News briefs you how citizens from around the Mediterranean have participated in adaptation planning for the management of their local river basin in the light of global change.

In this edition, you will also find information on the closing act of the project meeting on Tunisian youth, and how the BeWater approach and results have been presented at numerous international, European and Mediterranean conferences and workshops on water and adaptation, as on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 last November.

This edition also includes other news and upcoming events such as the BeWater European Policy Event and the River Basin Adaptation Conference.

 

BeWater News, Edition 6, December 2016

 

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Closing act for BeWater’s involvement with the Tunisian youth

Friday, 16 December 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

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BeWater recently concluded its involvement with the Tunisian youth in the Rmel River Basin and the Zaghouan Region. This was a youth initiative jointly developed with the Global Water Partnership’s Youth for Water and Climate since mid 2015, to raise the Tunisian youth’s voice with regards to water resources management and climate change adaptation, both at national and international level.

A closing event was held for the youth initiative consisting of two successive workshops on 12 and 19 November 2016. The idea behind the event was to familiarize the participating youth representatives with a) the water management options and the River Basin Adaptation Plan developed for the Rmel Case Study within the BeWater Project and b) the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - particularly those linked to water security, and experiences on their implementation.

MEP Water Group Public session on the role of water in adaptation to climate change

Thursday, 15 December 2016 Posted in Events, BeWater News, News

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Under the theme ‘The role of water in Adaptation to Climate Change’, the MEP Water Group organised a well attended public session on the 6th of December at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The session was chaired by Esther de Lange, President of the MEP Water Group and featured four high-level panellists who stressed the importance of water, while addressing the topic of adaptation to climate change.

Save the date! BeWater European Policy Event on 9 February 2017

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 Posted in Events, BeWater News, News

Date: 9 February 2017

Location: Brussels, Belgium

 

Implementing COP22 agreements: River basin adaptation planning through stakeholder engagement

Register now!

 

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The half-day programme will focus on approaches and tools for engaging society in water- and adaptation-related processes, the potential of participation, and associated challenges and limitations.

The event will showcase the outcomes of participatory research projects and methodologies for assessing stakeholder interests, demands and concerns within the field of adaptive water resources management.

Sharing the BeWater experience with the international community at COP22

Monday, 12 December 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

Entering its final phase, the BeWater Project has recently launched its outscaling campaign aimed at disseminating the project’s results to stakeholders in the wider European and international community not involved in the project so far but potentially interested in leveraging the lessons learnt during the project.

In this context, the BeWater approach and results will continue being presented at numerous international, European and Mediterranean conferences and workshops on water and adaptation, with the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, being the latest relevant example.

Launching the BeWater project outscaling campaign

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News

The BeWater project is entering its final phase, with the publication of the four River Basin Adaptation Plans marking a major milestone. Having worked for the past three years with local stakeholders in Pedieos, Tordera, Rmel and Vipava, it is now time to reach out to the wider community sharing the experiences obtained during the project.

The four River Basin Adaptation Plans foster adaptation to climate change through a novel approach integrating science and society. As important they are for the individual river basins, they also aim to serve as a reference for other basins - within the Mediterranean region and beyond - that wish to undertake such a participatory adaptive water management process to increase their resilience. The project’s outscaling campaign currently launched aims to disseminate the project’s results to stakeholders not involved in the project so far that might be interested in leveraging the lessons learnt.

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