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EU-INCO water research, from FP4 to FP6 (1994-2006), A critical report, EUR 22017

Funded under: FP6-INCO

Abstract

The European Commission requested an independent panel of 10 experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean and Latin America to review critically information on about 67 international scientific cooperation projects related to integrated water resources management (IWRM). These projects mobilised 530 research teams and other relevant partners from Europe and associated states (252 teams) and partner countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Mediterranean and Latin America (318 teams). Projects reviewed came from three successive funding cycles: 20 projects from FP4 (1994-1998 - completed projects); 34 from FP5 (1998-2002 - completed or in their final stages); 13 from FP6 (2002-2006 - just started).
The purpose of the review was not to duplicate the existing scientific peer review processes evaluating deliverables and publication, but rather to learn lessons from past investments in water research with an IWRM focus, identify strengths and weaknesses with particular emphasis on the problems of implementing IWRM principles. The panel looked at how research consortia created knowledge and communicated it to water users and policymakers. The panel gained important insights that have made it possible to identify lessons and advice on the orientation of future research (see terms of reference in Annex 5).
The draft report of the panel has been critically reviewed by a mirror group of 12 experts from different continents and perspectives (government, private sector, civil society organisations, academia).

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