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Making society an active participant in water adaptation to global change

Objective

Sustainable water management under climate change is an urgent challenge for the Euro-Mediterranean region. Future climate change projections estimate an increase in water scarcity and droughts in the region, causing substantial socioeconomic losses and environmental impacts.
In this context, efforts are needed to strengthen public participation and embed a sense of responsibility within the society concerning water management and adaptation towards these threats. The combination of improved awareness, mutual learning processes and shared responsibility of the civil society and stakeholders are key to ensuring successful adaptation strategies and their implementation, leading to increased resilience of the social-ecological system of a river basin.

BEWATER addresses the above challenges by promoting dialogue and collaboration between science and society. The project aims at launching a transition from a technologically-focused river basin management approach to a stakeholder driven planning and management process that allows a pro active response to emerging climatic changes and related pressures. Based on a bottom-up approach, the multidirectional and multi-sectoral knowledge transfer throughout the project will raise awareness, feed ownership and ultimately lead to effective adaptation policies.

BEWATER proposes, with tests in case study river basins across the Mediterranean, a process of building resilience based on the engagement of a wide group of stakeholders, with the goal of achieving a sustainable and adaptive management at river basin scale. It is an iterative process of mutual learning between society and science, which identifies water management options and works out adaptation plans. It leads to innovation as a result of effective integration of local experience and research.

The results will be translated into generic adaptation guidelines that can be adopted in other river basins and results will be disseminated in a targeted and strategic way.

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2013-1
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Coordinator

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES
Address
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona Edifici C
08193 Bellaterra
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 455 793
Administrative Contact
Cristina García (Ms.)

Participants (12)

CORPORATION BLUE BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 32 858,41
Address
Gildenweg 2
8304BC Emmeloord
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harro Riedstra (Mr.)
THE CYPRUS INSTITUTE
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 267 273
Address
Constantinou Kavafi 20
2121 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicoletta Mirachi (Ms.)
ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 557
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
10717 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Schulze (Mrs.)
EUROPE FOR BUSINESS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 115 666
Address
520, Birchwood Boulevard Birchwood
WA3 7QX Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonardo Piccinetti (Mr.)
EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Finland
EU contribution
€ 369 240
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sarah Adams (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 77 754
Address
Rue Hédi El Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sihem Jebari (Dr.)
INSTITUT ZA VODE REPUBLIKE SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 259 314
Address
Hajdrihova 28C
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aleksandra Krivograd Klemenčič (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 246 021
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Walker (Mr.)
PROSPEX BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 479 331
Address
Vlugestal 6
3140 Keerbergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martine Martens (Ms.)
MEDITERRANEAN INFORMATION OFFICE FOR ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 138 600
Address
Kyrristou 12
10556 Athina
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Bessie Mantzara (Mrs.)
ANBESSA ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING DI LEONE ANDREA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 32 581
Address
Via Proserpina 36
90147 Palermo Pa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Leone (Dr.)
Deep Blue Consultants SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 230 735,59
Address
Rue Amelie Gomand 13
1090 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Murray Biedler (Mr.)