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2013

BeWater project : dialogue and collaboration between science and society for sustainable water management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the Mediterranean

Méditerranée

EFIMED : Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute

Titre : BeWater project : dialogue and collaboration between science and society for sustainable water management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the Mediterranean.

Région : Méditerranée

Calendrier : October 2013 – March 2017 .

Présentation
Future climate change projections for the Euro-Mediterranean region estimate an increase in water scarcity and droughts, causing substantial socioeconomic losses and environmental impacts. In this context, sustainable water management strategies, leading to increased resilience of the social-ecological system of a river basin, are needed urgently. In order to maximise their effectiveness, local communities must engage with such strategies and play an active role in the development.
BeWater will facilitate interaction to develop such strategies by : 1. Launching a process of societal transition towards a more sustainable, resilient and adaptive river basin management. 2. Developing a participatory, stakeholder-driven method. 3. Promoting the transfer of BeWater results into policy. 4. Promoting mutual and multi-directional learning among the project partners, entities and actors within and between the river basins and with the broader society. 5. Raising social awareness and promoting a bottom-up approach within the scientific community for planning and implementation processes. 6. Enhancing social participation and building societal resilience. 7. Exploring and assessing opportunities for Research & Innovation (R&I) collaboration between organisations, universities, SMEs and civil society actors to boost innovation in the water sector

In four Case Study River Basins ( Tordera river basin (Spain ) ; Vipava river basin (Slovenia) ; Rmel river basin (Tunisia) ; Pedieos river basin (Cyprus)) across the Mediterranean, newly developed methodologies integrating physical, ecological, social and management processes are used to develop Water Management Options. These Management Options will be discussed with local communities who will participate in drawing up locally-relevant Adaptation Plans, which may be scaled up to develop guidelines of national and international relevance.

Financement : This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonst ration under grant agreement No. 612385

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