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Summer is here and with it the 5th edition of BeWater News!

The fifth edition of BeWater News briefs you on the forthcoming River Basin Adaptation Plans. In this edition, you will also find information on the recent project meeting in Tunisia, youth activities and activities to ensure the sustainability and continued impact of BeWater. This edition also includes videos of stakeholders, other news and upcoming events such as the River Basin Adaptation Conference.

Final stage in the development of four River Basin Adaptation Plans

Using a novel approach developed within and for the BeWater project, four River Basin Adaptation Plans are being developed that aim at fostering adaptation to climate change. These plans have been formulated over the course of the project and represent the result of intense team effort, wide stakeholder involvement, targeted information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning. The plans will be available in August 2016.

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BeWater project partners meet up in Tunisia

The BeWater project is entering its final year. The project partners gathered in Hammamet (Tunisia) on 19 and 20 April for the 6th steering committee meeting. Major tasks include the completion of the River Basin Adaptation Plans, the development of a handbook on best practices, the policy analysis and the organisation of several events and the final conference. The project partners will meet again in spring 2017.

BeWater General Meeting

Strengthening the role of Tunisian youth in water resources management
BeWater is continuing its involvement with the Tunisian youth in the Rmel river basin and the Zaghouan region, to strengthen their role in water resources management and climate change adaptation. BeWater linked up with the Global Water Partnership’s “Youth for Water and Climate” initiative, which wishes to raise the youth’s voice on the international level, organising interventions at UNFCC COP21 and 22, MEDCOP 21 and 22 etc.

Ensuring the sustainability of BeWater

To ensure the sustainability and continued impact of BeWater, its project partners are exploring options how projects results can be taken up in future research on water management. This is done by identifying relevant models and approaches that are used in European research projects to international cooperation and by identifying national support mechanisms to international water management research.

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BeWater policy brief

The first BeWater Policy Brief highlights the need to develop river basin adaptation plans to deal with climate change and the role of local stakeholders to develop successful adaptation strategies.

The policy brief is available for download in Arabic, Catalan, English, French and Slovenian.

Stakeholder workshops

Read more about the latest stakeholder workshops in the Tordera, Pedieos, Vipava and Rmel river basins and have a look to the photo albums by clicking on any of the four images.

Tordera stakeholder workshop
Pedieos stakeholder workshop
Vipava stakeholder workshop
Rmel stakeholder workshop

YouTube channel: testimonial videos

Stakeholders from Vipava and Tordera expressed their opinions about the approach of the BeWater project. Watch the following videos and listen to their views.

Rajko Črv, Agricultural Consultant
Rajko Črv, Agricultural Consultant (CAFS, Nova Gorica) 
Boštjan Frančeškin, Manager of defense & emergency plans
Boštjan Frančeškin, Manager of defense and emergency plans (Miren-Kostanjevica) 
Vanda Mezgec, Head of Environment & Spatial Planning
Vanda Mezgec, Head of Environment and Spatial Planning (Nova Gorica) 
Fransesc Camps, IRTA Mas Badia
Fransesc Camps, Researcher,
Mas Badia (Catalonia)
Upcoming Events

EcoSummit 2016
Le Corum, Montpellier, France
29 August - 1 September 2016

The BeWater project developed an approach to formulate and evaluate water management options, as a basis for adaptation planning. EFI researcher Hans Verkerk will present this approach at the EcoSummit 2016 conference.

River Basin Adaptation Conference
Nova Gorica, Slovenia
7 - 8 March 2017

“Society as a key player in river basin adaptation for global change” is the title of the final conference of the BeWater project addressing the urgent need for adaptation plans to outline how individual river basins can prepare for the impacts of climate change.

BeWater consultation workshop
Brussels, Belgium
30 - 31 January 2017

As part of the BeWater project, Europe for Business Ltd is organising a consultation workshop entitled
“Lessons learnt from water projects of international cooperation and synchronisation with funding agencies”The workshop will be held on 30-31 January 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.
Other News

The BeWater project is developing a novel approach to involve society in adapting river basin management to tackle the effects of global change. A new section on the project website describes the approach and shows the project’s timeline.

Project coordinator Anabel Sanchez presented the BeWater approach at the Adaptation Futures conference. The conference attracted over 1600 participants from more than 100 countries, representing the business community, governments and non-governmental organisations, scientists and practitioners.

Europe for Business Ltd representative Leonardo Piccinetti, Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre (CREAF) representative Olga Roig-Herrera and University of Palermo representative Giovanni Galasso disseminated information about BeWater at Joint Programme Initiative in Water conference.

Upon finalisation of the campaign ÔVI to raise awareness on water scarcity and water saving in primary schools around Tunisia, the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean organising a workshop on “Water, Youth and Employment”.
The next edition of the BeWater News is planned for December 2016. Contributions are welcome; please contact Albert Garduño at EFIMED.

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