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Science in society: adapting to climate change in the Mediterranean basin

Dec 5th, 2013 |

Brussels, December 2013. In collaboration with Corporation Blue, the EWP has joined a new EU funded project BEWATER, which aims to promote dialogue and collaboration between science and society to establish plans for sustainable water management and climate change adaptation in four Mediterranean river basins.

The project, led by CREAF,  is funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme under the Science in Society initiative and includes 12 partner institutions from 11 countries.

Projections of future climate change point to increasing water scarcity and drought in the Mediterranean region . This will cause serious socioeconomic loss and have significant environmental impact.

In this context BEWATER, a new European project, aims to promote dialogue and collaboration between science and society in sustainable water management in the Mediterranean. Project partners will organise participatory processes involving scientists and other stakeholders in four pilot river basins throughout the Mediterranean (Catalonia , Cyprus , Slovenia and Tunisia).  Each will identify and share the challenges of climate change in their particular region and the various water management options available. Based on this information, all stakeholders will design joint plans for adaptation to climate change in their regions .  The project symbolises a transition in approach from water management based only on technological solutions towards a new vision, incorporating planning and management conducted by multiple actors. The project is based on an iterative process of mutual learning between science and society, as well as multi-directional and multi-sectoral knowledge transfer. BEWATER’s commitment to this change will facilitate a proactive response to the challenges of climate change.

EWP contact person: Sergiy Moroz

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