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There has been great progress in the project so far in 2015, culminating with workshops in each of the Case Study River Basins to evaluate Water Management Options; overview and reports included below. This edition also features an insight into stakeholder identification and participation, videos, radio interviews, and the usual round-up of news and upcoming events.

Citizens and scientists evaluate water management options 

Citizens have evaluated Water Management Options for local river basins in the four cardinal points of the Mediterranean. In a second cycle of workshops, participants discussed the first results of an analysis by scientists on the potential outcomes of different Water Management Options (WMOs), targeting the issues and challenges identified by River Basin stakeholders last year. Options for each Basin were then evaluated based on stakeholder preferences.

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Dr. Steven Libbrecht

Stakeholders and participation

Interview with Dr. Steven Libbrecht, Project Advisor, Prospex BVBA.

“The stakeholder engagement processes require time - time to get to know the stakeholders, to engage them, to generate outcome with them, on which the science partners can work. Sometimes, the impression can be that things would move faster without these stakeholder interactions, but then you would miss all the reasons why you are doing this in the first place.”

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River Basin reports: the WMO workshops 

Read the WMO Workshop reports from each River Basin by clicking on the images: Pedieos, Tordera, Vipava and Rmel.

Pedieos workshop
Tordera workshop
Vipava workshop
Rmel workshop

Enhancing communication with stakeholders

Tunisia Water
Martin Watson, from PROSPEX, discusses how to enhance communication with target audiences in workshop settings during the Rmel River Basin workshop in Tunisia.

Listen online to interviews with:
Murray Biedler: Policy challenges
Manca Magjar:  Vipava Campaign
Anabel Sanchez: Tordera Campaign
Upcoming Events

World Water Week
Stockholm, Sweden
23 – 28 August 2015

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries will network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today at the World Water Week.

5th World Sustainability Forum
Basel, Switzerland
7 – 9 September 2015

The 5th World Sustainability Forum aims to be a platform for researchers to present and engage with research-relevant stakeholders on issues relating to sustainability. It seeks to contribute to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research with collaboration from science and technology, the life sciences,
and the social sciences.

EIP Water Conference
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
10 February 2016

The EIP Water has taken a central role on the European water innovation landscape, providing a platform for collaboration of all actors in the field of water and innovation.

Let everyone know what you’re doing: upload your upcoming events to the Aquaknow calendar!
Other News

The BeWater Steering Committe met in Brussels from 4 - 6 February 2015 to discuss project progress, including Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, Mental Modelling, the Awareness Campaign and collaboration with the World Youth Parliament for Water.

BeWater partners in Pedieos, CyI, took part in World Water Day celebrations in Cyprus on 22 March 2015, in an awareness raising event, Water: drops of life, aimed at preschool and primary school children.

Students of the Biotechnical Secondary School Nova Gorica enjoyed a field trip to Vipava River Basin, organised by BeWater partners, IzVRS, on 15 April 2015, as part of the BeWater Awareness Campaign.

Annelies Broekman and Anabel Sánchez (CREAF) gave a presentation on behalf of the BeWater Project at the second edition of the Barcelona Citizen Science Day. The BeWater Project was included in the Catalogue of Citizen Science along with other 19 science initiatives.

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The next edition of the BeWater Newsletter is planned for November 2015. Contributions are welcome; please contact Sarah Adams / Albert Garduño at EFIMED.

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