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Developing Participatory Adaptation Plans for River Basins

Developing Participatory Adaptation Plans for River Basins

A Handbook
The BeWater approach could be used to foster participatory adaptation planning in river basins across Europe and beyond. There is increasing recognition of the value and importance of co-creation in adaptation planning.

This handbook by Ecologic Institute is intended to provide the reader with the necessary information how to guide the participatory development of a River Basin Adaptation Plan. The handbook begins with more general contextual information about the BeWater project before highlighting 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. The handbook is available for download.

Global change and socio-economic developments are affecting the availability of and access to fresh water for drinking, agriculture, ecosystems and industrial activities. These evolving conditions are posing challenges for the optimisation of freshwater supply and demand and highlight an urgent need to adapt current water management strategies and practices towards more integrated approaches in river basins. As a response, the BeWater project provided innovative tools to facilitate the adaptation of river basins to global change via an active engagement of the local societies. The handbook is available for download.

The BeWater approach developed within the project focused on creating a shared definition of what challenges needed to be targeted in the basin and then developing, assessing and prioritising a range of potential water management options to address these points along with pathways for their implementation.

Throughout the design of the adaptation plans the BeWater project team identified common aspects and needs, as well as barriers and facilitators in the design and future implementation of adaptation plans. These lessons learnt have been synthesized by Ecologic Institute and colleagues form the FP7 BeWater consortium in a handbook for drafting adaptation plans.


Stein, U.; Davis, M.; Tröltzsch, J.; Sánchez, A.; Verkerk, H.; Libbrecht, S.; Broekman, A.; Magjar, M.; Giannakis, E.; Jebari, S.; Tarpey, J.; Lukat, E.; Bruggeman, A.; Zoumides, C.; Suhadolnik, P.; Vidaurre, R.; Rouillard, J. (2016). Handbook for drafting participatory adaptation plans. Deliverable D4.4, BeWater, FP7 project no. 612385 -SIS.2013.1.2-1 European Commission, 48 pp.

Hans Verkerk (EFI)
Steven Libbrecht (PROSPEX)
Manca Magjar (IzvRS)
Peter Suhadolnik (IzvRS)
Elias Giannakis (CYI)
Christos Zoumides (CYI)
Adriana Bruggeman (CYI)
Sihem Jebari (INRGREF)

Design and Layout: Beáta Vargová

72 pp.
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Table of Contents

Overview of the handbook
Setting the scene
The BeWater approach and methods
- Stakeholder dialogue and participation
- Participatory development of water management options
- River Basin Adaptation Plans – from analysis to 28 implementation pathways
BeWater case study river basins
- Pedieos river basin, Cyprus
- Rmel river basin, Tunisia
- Tordera river basin, Spain
- Vipava river basin, Slovenia
Key findings for river basin adaptation planning

sustainable water management, river basin water management planning, river basin adaptation plans, participatory approach, case study, river basin adaptation plans, options for water management, Euro-Mediterranean region, Tordera, Spain, Vipava, Slovenia, Pedieos, Cyprus, Rmel, Tunisia, handbook