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Science-Policy Interfacing in support of the water framework directive implementation

Science-Policy Interfacing in support of the water framework directive implementation

Objective

Many current water-related RTD projects have already established operational links with practitioners, in several catchments / river basins, which allow the needs of policymakers to be taken into account. However, experience has shown that this interrelationship is not as efficient as it could / should be.
Often, RTD results are not easily available to policy oriented implementer (policymakers) and, vice versa, research scientists may lack insight in the needs of policymakers. SPI-water proposes a number of concrete actions to bridge these gaps in communication by developing and implementing a 'science-policy interface', focusing on setting up a mechanism to enhance the use of RTD results in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation. As a first action, existing science-policy links will be investigated. RTD and LIFE projects that are of direct relevance for the implementation of the WFD will be identified and analysed.
The results of these projects will be extracted, 'translated' and synthesised in a way that can efficiently feed the WFD implementation. Secondly, an information system (WISE-RTD Web Portal) will be further developed to cater for an efficient and easy to use tool for dissemination as well as retrieval of RTD results. The Web Portal will be tested in 4 selected river basins to better tune the 'product' to the needs of WFD stakeholders, policymakers and scientists. In parallel, the Web Portal will be disseminated to WFD stakeholders.
This dissemination will focus on how to better access a nd use the RTD results and practical experiences. As third action, this science-policy interfacing of WFD related topics will be extended to non-EU countries taking into account their specific needs. An assessment of recent practices and needs of non-EU countries, together with an in-depth analysis of the operational needs in two Mediterranean pilot river basins, will allow to prepare recommendations for an efficient transfer of knowledge

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Coordinator

HYDROSCAN NV

Address

Tiensevest 26 Bus 4
Leuven

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Guido VAES (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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QUALITY CONSULT - ASSOCIAZIONE PER LO SVILUPPO DELLA QUALITA AMBIENTALE

Italy

CENTER FOR WATER MANAGEMENT

Netherlands

RED MEDITERRANEA DE ORGANISMOS DE CUENCA

Spain

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OF ENGLAND AND WALES

United Kingdom

XPRO CONSULTING LIMITED

Cyprus

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DE L'EAU

France

2MPACT NV

Belgium

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

WWF EUROPEAN POLICY PROGRAMME

Belgium

LITANI RIVER AUTHORITY

Lebanon

AGENCE DE BASSIN HYDRAULIQUE DU SEBOU

Morocco

ACTEON SARL

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44357

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 405 318

  • EU contribution

    € 1 070 000

Coordinated by:

HYDROSCAN NV

Belgium