How to achieve sustainable water ecosystems management connecting research, people and policy makers in Europe
AWARE is the acronym of an European Project about “how to achieve sustainable water ecosystems management connecting research, people and policy makers in Europe”, funded under the 7th Research Framework Programme and started in June 2009.
The project considers the best scientific knowledge available, and the local management practices, in three pilot case studies of coastal water ecosystems – the Gulf of Riga (Estonia and Latvia), the Seine, Somme and Schelde river basins and the Southern North Sea coastal zone (France and Belgium) and the Goro lagoon in the Po delta area (Italy).
The scientific knowledge and the knowledge about local water management practices is combined and shared with a number of actors – scientists, policy makers, stakeholders and citizens – in a participatory process undertaken at European and local level, in the three case study areas.
The backbone of the process is represented by a panel of 30 citizens randomly selected among a pool of candidates in the three areas.
The citizens (10 for each case) are engaged in a number of workshops and a final conference at European level – meeting all together with scientists and policy experts.
The goal is to discuss the EU water policy framework and how to connect scientific knowledge and water management practices to achieve a good ecological status of the coastal waters. They are involved also in local workshops and conferences at local level, running in parallel in Autumn 2010 in the three case study areas, and engaging as well local stakeholders and policy makers.
The overall process is a first experiment of connecting lay people, scientists and policy makers in the analysis and evaluation of sustainable strategies to manage complex socio-ecological systems.
The AWARE consortium includes 13 partners of complementary expertise in the field of aquatic ecosystems studies (UU, UPMC, ULB, UNIPR), social sciences (ADELPHI, ICCR, Missions Publiques), system analysis (ISIS, JRC-IES, UNISI) and integrated water management (BIOFORSK, POLIEDRA), plus the Environmental Service from the Provincial Administration of Ferrara, directly in charge of the environmental planning in the area hosting the Po delta pilot case studies.
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|Geographical coverage||Italy, Sweden, France, EC, Norway, ESA, Latvia,|
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AWARE is a project funded by the European Union under the 7th Research Framework Programme. The project addresses the anthropogenic deterioration of water ecosystems in coastal areas. Three areas will be studied: (a) the Gulf of Riga, (b) the Southern North Sea, and (c) Po Delta /Sacca di Goro. Both the Gulf of Riga and the Southern North Sea coastal areas display high levels of pollution and eutrophication; the situation is better in the Po Delta/Sacca di Goro case whereby the latter’s intensive use for clam rearing make it a potential pollution site.
This will allow us to find out under which of the three models illustrated in the figure below contemporary coastal management is situated.
Namely, the questions about which models apply are:
|Period||[01/06/2009 - 30/11/2011]|