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Making society an active participant in water adaptation to global change

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 612385

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    31 March 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 563 364,89

  • EU contribution

    € 2 934 724

Coordinated by:

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES

Spain

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.
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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

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 32 858,41

THE CYPRUS INSTITUTE

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 267 273

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 229 557

EUROPE FOR BUSINESS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 115 666

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 369 240

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 77 754

INSTITUT ZA VODE REPUBLIKE SLOVENIJE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 259 314

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 246 021

PROSPEX BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 479 331

MEDITERRANEAN INFORMATION OFFICE FOR ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 138 600

ANBESSA ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING DI LEONE ANDREA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 32 581

Deep Blue Consultants SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 230 735,59

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 612385

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    31 March 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 563 364,89

  • EU contribution

    € 2 934 724

Coordinated by:

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES

Spain

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