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Creation of a network of “Island bassins”

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The suggested solution can be considered both as an institutional and a technical one.

Indeed, the network will be an organizational basis on which to develop and improve the exchange of knowledge and good practices and to carry out ambitious cooperation projects between island-basins.

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WaterDiss – DISSEMINATION AND UPTAKE OF WATER RESEARCH RESULTS

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 In accordance with the principles of science policy interface, the general objective of WaterDiss2.0 is to speed-up the transfer of research outputs to water management institutions (a basin authority or a city) with a targeted time lag of only 3 – 5 years.

Information on about 60 water-related FP6/FP7 research projects outputs is being collected and their potential future analysed in close collaboration with the research teams. The project will organise social events and wide use of e-infrastructure to help stakeholders meet and share ideas. It includes also brokerage events, seminars, summer schools. The e-infrastructure is a mix of social networking tools, to support a community of practices among the stakeholders, virtual seminars, and a permanent virtual fair of results. The concept of the project is to add an intermediate step after research, like a marketing team in the industry.

 

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Establishment of conventions on “sustainable hydropower”

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It consists in the writing and establishment (in each voluntary country involved in the Europe region preparatory process) of conventions similar to the French « Agreement of commitments for the development of a sustainable hydropower consistent with the restoration of aquatic environments, following the “Grenelle Environment Round Table”».
This convention aims to conciliate the development of hydropower generation with the conservation and restoration of aquatic environments. It provides a set of rules and guidelines to achieve this goal, including but not limited to:
– fostering research in order to strengthen knowledge on species, and  impacts of infrastructures
– strengthening the follow-up and monitoring of hydropower infrastructures’ impacts on hydromorphology, hydrology and the functioning of aquatic environments
– upgrading existing infrastructures in order to bring them up to the new regulations (environmental flow, fish passes, etc)
– integrating the cost of reducing environmental impacts in refurbishment and upgrading investments
– conciliating energy and environmental goals & optimizing hydropower generation through call for competition on concessions and common ownership of concessions located in the same basin
– supervising the removal of infrastructures
– identifing hydropower potentials in sectors where environmental stakes are limited, and develop the potential of existing infrastructures
– avoiding as much as possible discontinuities, reduce their impacts, or, in last resort, compensate them. Develop standards for impact assessment.
– simplifying and rationalizing administrative procedures
– establishing and perpetuating dialogue on the convention through a follow-up committee, meeting at least twice yearly.

Such an instrument could usefully be replicated in other countries

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Creating a Francophone Institute for training of water management professionals

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The platform will be the continuous educational basis on which to develop and improve the qualifications and skills of the french-speaking executives of the field of water. The international institute AquaCampus will provide high quality, innovative executive degrees intended to meet  the needs of water professionals (engineers, managers, decision-makers) willing to strengthen their knowledge and know-how in IWRM, and in water management for industrial, agricultural and urban uses.

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Integrated water resource management in Bamboutos mountains watershed and improved water supply in Mbouda town

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Mbouda City located in the western province of Cameroon has a population of about 180,000 inhabitants and 30% hardly have access to drinking water. It is not only the issue of access to clean water but the whole issue of water resources managing that has to be taken into account. Read the rest of this entry →

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Transboundary implementation of the consummer/polluter pays principle

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This solution consists in creating a fund, managed by trans-boundary authorities and financed by the polluter pays principle: each consummer/polluter in each riparian country has to pay an amount of money proportional to its consumption or its pollution.

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