BeWater Stakeholder Meetings
Stakeholder interaction workshops will take place around the
Mediterranean over the next two months to discuss Global Change
Challenges in four Case Study River Basins (CRSBs) from a local
The BeWater project launched its first series of meetings on 28 May in La Tordera, Catalonia, Spain. Consortium partners met key local stakeholders in order to introduce the project, hear local perspectives on the state of the river basin and discuss potential global change impacts. Science-related partners and representatives from local society and organisations, including ONG's, irrigation agencies, administrators, Natural Park managers, industry, educators, and farmers had the first opportunity to discuss how a vision for future adaptation to these challenges might be developed.
The BeWater project brings together key individuals and organisations to promote collaboration between science and society in order to address the challenges of adapting to the impacts of global change in Mediterranean river basins. Stakeholders will play a key role in identifying these challenges, designing and evaluating Water Management Options aimed at reducing the vulnerability and increasing the resilience of the CSRB, and in validating a suitable Adaptation Plan for each River Basin. Each Plan will be tailored to its particular region but will also be disseminated at national and international levels so that knowledge gained locally may be shared widely.
BeWater works in four CRSBs across the Mediterranean: in addition to La Tordera, these are located in Pedieos (Cyprus), Rmel (Tunisia) and Vipava (Slovenia). These small river basins, where there are strong links between society and territory, were chosen as representative of various Mediterranean conditions to enable extrapolation of results and to facilitate understanding of river basin dynamics.
The stakeholder workshops will continue throughout June and July in
Vipava: 10 June
Rmel: 24 June
Pedieos: 2 July
More information: Anabel Sanchez: a.sanchez (at) creaf.uab.catPhotos: Sarah Adams
BeWater is an EU FP7-Collaborative Project that will promote dialogue
and collaboration between science and society in sustainable water
management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the
Mediterranean. BeWater is financed through the 7th Framework Programme
of the European Commission is under the Science in Society initiative.
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