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Social learning for the integrated management and sustainable use of water at catchment scale (SLIM)

Objective

Water catchments are "bundles" of natural resources and ecological services whose sustainable management requires continuous balancing and integration of social, economic and ecological factors in a complex process through statutory and non-coercive measures. "Social learning" is central to non-coercion (and important in the fulfilment of the EU Directive on Catchments Management) but its successful conduct needs to be much better understood. This reasoning applies equally to the co-management of natural resources of concern to the EU like national or coastal zones. The project assembles a multidisciplinary group of researchers of diverse perspectives to work alongside stakeholders. They will study social learning through stakeholders in catchments of different type, scale and socio-economic situation, and develop and test the usefulness of social tools and methods developed from their research and in other spheres, such as soft-systems analysis. The output will be strategic planning methodologies and social tools for the integrated management of water as catchments or river-basin scale and other "bundles" of natural resources.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

ARCADIS NV
Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 68
6812 AH Arnhem
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Route Du Bois Marché 542
17450 Saint Laurent De La Pree
LANDWISE SCOTLAND
United Kingdom
Address
Forbes, Landwise Scotland Brig O Lead
AB33 8PD Alford
THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
2,Ultunaallén 2
75007 Uppsala
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Via Delle Brecce Bianche
60131 Ancona
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
1,Hollandseweg 1, De Leeuwenborch
6706 KN Wageningen