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After 42 months of intense and fruitful collaboration, the BeWater project draws to a close on 31 March. The final BeWater News features the BeWater Handbook and reports from the River Basin Adaptation Conference, European and international events. Read all about the publicity campaigns from the four Case Study River Basins, as well as links established for outscaling project results more widely. Also, don’t miss the BeWater video infographic and remember, all products from BeWater are available from the BeWater website long after the project ends!


Collaboration between science and society has led to the publication of a handbook documenting the participatory approach used in developing adaptive management plans for river basins.

The handbook describes the BeWater approach, which brought together experts, practitioners, policy makers and citizens to plan for adaptation to global change in four Mediterranean river basins.

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Think global, act local: succesful adaptation strategies start small

Adaptation strategies initiated at local level are those best suited for rolling out into implementation. This was one of the key messages among the conclusions derived from an intense day of presentations, lightning talks, individual reflection and a final panel discussion at the River Basin Adaptation Conference, held in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, on 7 March 2017.

BeWater European policy event

A European Policy Event entitled ‘Implementing COP22 agreements: River basin adaptation planning through stakeholder engagement’ was organised by Ecologic Institute within the EU-funded BeWater project. 

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Outscaling Campaign

The BeWater Outscaling Campaign intended to reach out to the wider community to share experiences obtained within the project.

Publicity campaign in the river basins

The wider public were targeted in the four BeWater river basins by a publicity campaign, which took place between September 2016 and March 2017. The campaign shared the results of the BeWater project in each basin and raised public awareness on the issues of managing the basin.

The publicity campaign in Pedieos took the BeWater project out to the people, with a public survey in a park, a climate change adaptation mapping game and a science-society café, while the outcomes of a major policy planning meeting were discussed on national radio.
In Rmel, children and youth enjoyed the BeWater card game, while collaboration with NGOs, research institutions and policy makers brought the BeWater results from Rmel to a broad audience.

The campaign in Tordera included a mobile exhibition, seminars, meetings, presentations and a policy forum, targeting a wide range of stakeholders and wider public, from school children to policy makers.
The Vipava campaign saw the mobile exhibition moved to various locations within the river basin, participation in an annual water day event and  a policy forum with promising results.

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Infographic video: Recipe for success in River Basin Adaptation Planning

The infographic video shows a recipe for participation from science and society in river basin adaptation planning.

Flickr photo galleries

Have a look at the photo album of the River Basin Adaptation conference held on 8 March in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

7-8/03/2017 River Basin Adaptation Conference
Other news
Publication in IMPACT magazine

The IMPACT magazine features an article on BeWater to disseminate to a large and relevant public far beyond the reach of established network contacts. The article contains a comprehensive overview of the project.
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BeWater brochure

The brochure highlights the BeWater approach and presents the most important outcomes, promoting the potential for replicability.

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Policy briefs

BeWater prepared a set of recommendations to strengthen policy and institutional frameworks in tackling global change impacts within water management and adaptation planning. These recommendations target the decision-makers from the local to European level.
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Concertation workshop

BeWater organised a concertation workshop on 1-2 March 2017 in Brussels to facilitate the identification of funding mechanisms that can support targeted countries in river basin and climate change research, including adaptation, and the creation of guidelines for research and cooperation.
BeWater side event at MENBO workshop
23-24 March 2017

BeWater co-organised the MENBO Technical Workshop on 23-24 March 2017 in Malta to present and discuss project results with managers and technical officers from river basin organisations, scientists, as well as policy makers and top administrators from Mediterranean countries.
BeWater side event at 5th Mediterranean Forest Week
Agadir, Morocco
20-24 March 2017

In the framework of the V Mediterranean Forest Week, Inazio Martínez de Arano (EFIMED), Sihem Jebari (INRGREF) and Eduard Pla (CREAF) presented the EU funded project to the Mediterranean forest research community, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders.
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