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National barometer of French public opinion on the preservation of water resources and aquatic environments

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The aim is to create a reference tool, collaborative and shared, that will enable the evaluation of:

  •  The French concerns about water management with regard to issues related to the Master Plans for Water Infrastructure Planning and Management, the Grenelle Environment Round Table and associated programs of action
  •  The understanding (or misunderstanding) of the actions (consensual goal) that are conducted at both national and river basin levels

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Case study on Waterdiss: Dissemination and uptake of water research results

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The WaterDiss2.0 project, funded within the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technology development (FP7), aims to improve the processes of research communication and uptake and adds an intermediate step after research, much like a marketing team in industry. From 2011 until 2013, the WaterDiss2.0 consortium will be working to speed up the transfer of FP water research results to intended users with the support of events designed for specific audiences and by engaging scientists, policy makers and water managers in the European Water Community.

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Establishment of a Science-Policy Interface activity for the Water Framework Directive implementation in Europe

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The activity on water science policy interface (CIS – SPI) aims to support the milestones of EU water policies by linking the research needs of relevant end-users with scientific research outputs, by providing a dynamic interface within the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive. 

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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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Twinning between the Agence de l’eau Artois-Picardie (France) and the Banat River Authority (Romania) through the Twin Basin project

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Twinning consists in the exchange of views, methods and experiences between two organization working in the field of water and confronted to the same challenges. Here, the main challenge was the schedule and implementation of the good status objective of the Water Framework Directive. The twinning allowed parties to exchange best practices and ideas on economic analysis and tools, which are crucial in achieving this objective.

 

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