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Event NeWater - GWSP Summer School 2008 Program: “Managing Change: Tools and Methods for Adaptive River Basin Management”

The NeWater Project together with the Global Water System Project (GWSP) announce the final in their series of summer schools on the theme of adaptive water management. The 2008 NeWater-GWSP Summer School Series focuses on methods and tools for adaptive river basin management drawn in part from the results of the NeWater Project and, in particular hands-on experiences in processes of change. The sessions will refer extensively to the experience of applying various approaches in the NeWater transboundary case study basins  - the Amu Darya in Uzbekistan, the Orange in South Africa, the Nile, and in Europe - the Tisza, Guadiana, Elbe and Rhine, as well as cases beyond the project - the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Volta (Burkina Faso-Ghana).

Topics Covered:
Introduction to basic concepts of Adaptive Management: Processes of change, making management adaptive, developing guidelines, and a critique of adaptive management
Introduction to Freshwater Ecology
Concepts of Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in River Basins
Systems Dynamics Modeling - conceptual and quantitative
Participatory Processes -
- Role of participation, social learning and methods for stakeholder participation
- Multi-stakeholder simulation game to demonstrate multi-party collaboration and framing
Scenario Analysis of future vulnerability and adaptive capacity in river basins
Introduction to the NeWater Web Portal: tools and training for adaptive water management
Adaptive Management in Practice: Experiences from Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.


Contact information Caroline van Bers (email:
Event type Training
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Source NeWater Project Consortium
Geographical coverage Germany
Address Königswinter, Germany
Target audience International
Period [09/07/2008 - 19/07/2008]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH