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SPI-WATER — Result In Brief

Project ID: 44357
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES
Country: Belgium

Toward cleaner water for EU citizens

EU-funded researchers established an important communication link among researchers and policymakers working on cleaning European waters and keeping them clean. The results should have important benefits for EU citizens.
Toward cleaner water for EU citizens
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) was established by the EU in response to citizens’ concerns about cleaning up polluted waters and keeping clean water clean. Its goal is the protection and management of rivers, lakes, ground water and coastal waters.

Successful implementation of the Directive requires effective communication among stakeholders at the river basin level, including scientists, practitioners and policymakers. The ‘Science-policy interfacing in support of the water framework directive implementation’ (SPI-WATER) project was undertaken to set up communication links among stakeholders in order to establish reciprocity between research results and policies.

The SPI-WATER project team analysed existing connections among current water-related specific targeted research projects and published the results on the project website, establishing an important link between researchers and policymakers. They then adapted an existing information web portal (WISE-RTD Web Portal) to provide an easy-to-use interface for dissemination and sharing of information. The portal was tested using two selected river basins for evaluation. Finally, the tools were further modified and tested to integrate the needs of non-European countries.

In summary, the SPI-WATER project enhanced communication among scientists, practitioners and policymakers working on ensuring clean water basins for European citizens. The results should help Europe as well as other countries provide clean and safe water to their citizens as outlined by the WFD.

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