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News SPI-Water project developed its recommendations on facilitating the transfer of IWRM principles to non-EU countries

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is nowadays a well spread concept worldwide, being implemented by water managers from various institutions.

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) has converted this concept in legal obligations and its implementation within European Member States has generated experience and common works, while transforming the national water policies and identifying practical solutions for implementation of those concepts. A huge amount of information is available.

The developed recommendations aim at facilitating the transfer of IWRM principles to non- EU countries to help non-EU countries to better benefit from the knowledge accumulated by EUcountries during the implementation of the WFD.

These guidelines are targeting the transfer of knowledge and results from research to water managers but moreover they also promote the exchanges of information between researchers, stakeholders and water managers. We propose to rely on 5 main pillars that should be forced by the recommendations to make the knowledge transfer to non-EU countries more effective:

  • Building a continuous dialogue: Creation of a Scientific-Political Interfacing (SPI) platform with non-EU members;
  • Promoting organisations being opened to technological and social innovations: Creation of a Science-Policy Interfacing support team;
  • Transferring efficiently RTD results: Identification of problems and needs in non-EU river basins and use of WISE-RTD web portal to meet non-EU river basins needs;
  • Organising the scientific dialogue and promoting a proactive behaviour of potential users and stakeholders towards research: Develop a participatory process of research and promotion and implementation of WFD knowledge in researcher networks;
  • Promoting and implementing use of developed knowledge: Promoting twinning and knowledge transfer via international networking.

SPI-Water recommendations are:

1. Enhance a permanent dialogue through a multi-stakeholder platform;
2. Create an operational interface open to technological and social innovations: a support team for the Science Police Interfacing;
3. How to identify problems and needs in non-EU RBs;
4. Promote the extension of WISE-RTD to meet the needs of non-EU RBs;
5. Enforce a participatory process of research as a governance of researches;
6. Extend the water research programme managers networking (IWRM.Net) to Mediterranean non-EU countries;
7. Develop twinning programmes and agreements between RBOs;
8. Promote WFD knowledge via international networking of RBOs;
9. Apply EU-experience in non-EU countries: concrete transfer of knowledge between EU and non-EU countries

Contact information Natacha Jacquin, Docteur en Sciences de l'eau / Water Sciences Doctor , Chef de projet / Project manager , Gestion locale de l'eau / Integrated water resource management , Démarches Participatives / Participatory approaches , Office International de l'Eau/ International Office for Water , 15 rue Edouard Chamberland - 87065 Limoges Cedex (email:
Phone: +33 5 55 11 47 30
News type Inbrief
File link
File link local Conclusion_WP5final-conference.pdf (application/download, 116 Kb)
Source of information SPI-Water project
Keyword(s) EU-WFD
Geographical coverage Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, France, Lebanon, Morocco
News date 19/11/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH