Water resources

Developing Participatory Adaptation Plans for River Basins – a handbook

This document is intended to provide the necessary information to guide a participatory development of a River Basin Adaptation Plan. The handbook begins with general information on the context of the BeWater project and highlights the importance of adaptation, the state of the art in river basin planning, society’s role in the process and finally the need for resilient social-ecological systems.

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Planning for climate change: Society as a key player in river basin adaptation 

BeWater Policy Brief #1

The BeWater project spurs proactive responses to water-related global challenges at the river basin level. BeWater fosters a dialogue between science and society. This brief showcases the project’s clear mechanisms of sustained stakeholder engagement, integrated in a science-based methodology, to develop river basin adaptation plans.

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Policy recommendations for the EU level: Supporting participation in adaptive river basin management

BeWater Policy Brief #2

This brief provides recommendations to move away from the traditional, top-down, expert-dominated approaches to adaptation planning, and instead integrate stakeholders in the process to facilitate co-development. The brief draws on experiences from the BeWater project to co-develop River Basin Adaptation Plans with local actors, relevant stakeholders, researchers and experts.

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Recommendations for water management authorities within Europe and beyond

BeWater Policy Brief #3

Building on the previous BeWater policy briefs, this brief focusses on providing recommendations for stakeholder co-development based on the experiences of barriers encountered, and actions taken to move past them in the project. 

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From planning to implementation: Recommendations for actions supporting adaptation in the Pedieos River Basin

BeWater Policy Brief #4

This brief highlights the successes and lessons learned of the experiences of the BeWater project to co-develop a River Basin Adaptation Plan in the Pedieos River Basin in Cyprus.

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From planning to implementation: Recommendations for actions supporting adaptation in the Vipava River Basin

BeWater Policy Brief #5

This brief highlights the successes and lessons learned of the experiences of the BeWater project to co-develop a River Basin Adaptation Plan in the Vipava River Basin in Slovenia.

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From planning to implementation: Recommendations for implementation in the Rmel River Basin 

BeWater Policy Brief #6

This brief highlights the successes and lessons learned of the experiences of the BeWater project to co-develop a River Basin Adaptation Plan in the Rmel River Basin in Tunisia.

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From planning to implementation: Recommendations for action supporting adaptation in the Tordera River Basin

BeWater Policy Brief #7

This brief highlights the successes and lessons learned of the experiences of the BeWater project to co-develop a River Basin Adaptation Plan in the Tordera River Basin in Catalonia, Spain.

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River Basin Adaptation Planning with stakeholder infusion

BeWater Video

A recipe for success: the BeWater video infographic describes how science and society can participate in river basin adaptation planning.

Water for Forests and People in the Mediterranean – A Challenging Balance

What Science Can Tell Us 1 (2011)

The relationships, tradeoffs, and emerging challenges between water, society, and forests are increasingly complex in a rapidly changing world. This report, based on contributions from forty well-known scientists, focusses on this nexus to translate scientific research for policymakers at the forest/water interface. 

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Krivograd Klemenčič, A., Magjar, M., Smolar-Žvanut, N., Verkerk, P.J. 2015. Sustainable water management planning in Vipava river basin (Slovenia) based on dialogue and collaboration between science and society. In: Pilić, Z.; Škobić, D. (eds.). Proceedings of 2nd Scientific and Expert Conference with international participation.Karst Waters Management and Protection. Mostar, Faculty of Science and Education. pp. 20-29.

In a participatory case study in the Vipava River Basin (Slovenia), stakeholders expressed that dialogue and collaboration between local people and local, regional and national policy-makers is crucial. This study formed part of the BeWater project, which aimed to launch an innovative process of societal transition towards a more sustainable, resilient and adaptive river basin management in Mediterranean region.

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