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Report summarising the critical demands for successful social learning and including an initial literature review and checklist

This result consists of two parts: 1. a Social Learning (SL) Pool of Questions, and 2. a reference document on social learning and river basin management (RBM). The first part is a diagnostic instrument to assess SL and the use of IC-tools in ongoing RBM and planning. It is a shared result between WP2 and WP3 of HarmoniCOP.

Social Learning refers here to the growing capacity of social entities to perform common tasks related with a river basin. It is both a process and an outcome. One has also to know the context in which it takes place and how the outcomes of social learning may affect this context. The mutual tuning by the actors between the social and the physical system is the essence of the process. In this IC-tools may play a major role.

The "SL Pool of Questions" is build up in three layers: 1. a short checklist of general issues that have to be considered in relation to SL in RBM; 2. a short explanation of the assumptions underlying each of the questions presented under 1; 3. a series of concrete questions and research methods that can be used in practice of SL-assessment. The open generic nature of the instrument, its adaptive structure, and the accompanying explanations on assumptions and possible methodologies, make it a highly adaptive instrument, usefull in a high variety of cultural/political RBM contexts.

The instrument in its current form intends in the first place to support the research teams of HarmoniCOP WP4 (national context studies) and WP5 (case studies). Based on these experiences it will be adapted and integrated in the Handbook on SL in RBM, that will be produced by HarmoniCOP. The most important scientific theories and empirical evidence, on which this instrument is based, are presented in a separate reference document.

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