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Benefit of governance in DROught adaPtation (DROP): an introduction


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An introduction of the Interreg IVB project "Benefit of governance in DROught adaPtation (DROP)".

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Benefit of governance in DROught adaPtation (DROP): an introduction

  1. 1. Benefit of governance in DROught adaPtation (DROP) An introduction Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf Water Authority Regge & Dinkel, July 2013
  2. 2. Why a project on drought, adaptation and governance? Mitigation efforts are insufficient: we have no choice, but to adapt now • Drought and water scarcity already affects 17% of the EU population and 11% of the EU territory • Impacts of climate change are projected to increase periods of drought and water scarcity • Early adaptation provides opportunities, not adapting involves high costs • Governance settings need to become more supportive: policy implementation is a key problem 2(EC, 2007, EEA report No 12/2012, EEA report No 3/2013, EU Blueprint)
  3. 3. Objective of DROP To enhance the preparedness and resilience of Northwest European regions to periods of drought and water scarcity Key actions: • Implementation of innovative adaptation measures • Assessment of regional governance settings • Defining and sharing of transnational lessons 3
  4. 4. 4 Some facts about DROP 11 partners from 5 different countries, with co-financing of the Interreg IVB programme for Northwest Europe • Budget of € 7 million (€ 3.5 million Interreg IVB subsidy) • Duration: January 2013 – June 2015 • 6 water authorities working in bilateral teams on: • Nature: Twente (NL) and Somerset (UK) • Agriculture: Vlaanderen (BE) and Salland (NL) • Freshwater reservoirs: Eifel (DE) and Brittany (FA) • 5 knowledge institutes forming the governance team
  5. 5. Practice and knowledge partners 5 Lead partner
  6. 6. 6 What questions are addressed? • What early adaptation actions are effective? • We test and implement pilot meaures for drought adaptation in agriculture, nature and freshwater • How do regional governance settings support or restrict actions? • We develop and apply a governance assessment tool in the regions of the pilot measures • How can other regions in Northwest Europe prepare themselves for an increase of drought and water scarcity? • We draw transnational lessons and actively share them with others in meetings and through a handbook and guide
  7. 7. Drought adaptation measures Innovative solutions to drought and water scarcity • Nature pilot • Drought adaptation studies, water management plans, restoration measures and awareness raising • Agriculture pilot • Testing of an innovative steering mechanism in a newly created catchment and integration of drought conditions into existing management tools • Freshwater pilot • Disconnecting small reservoir, design of a saltwater intrusion lock and improved water quality management 7
  8. 8. Governance assessment tool Governance forms the context in which drought adaptation actions and interactions occur • The governance setting can be described in terms of • the multiplicity of responsibilities and resources, instruments, goals, actor networks and scales • Supportive governance involves high degrees of • coherence, extent, flexibility and intensity 8
  9. 9. Project implementation 9 Interregional Steering Group (no meetings) Transnational Coordination and Exchange 7 meetings Governance Team develop/apply governance assessment tool 2 study visits to 6 pilot regions Drought Team working in bilateral teams on nature, agriculture and freshwater pilots 2 partner region visits by 3 experts 1 partner region visit by regional stakeholders
  10. 10. 10 Project outcomes and results • June 2013 – project information becomes available • Project website (including project blog) and leaflet • Report of the governance assessment tool • Report with descriptions of the pilot measures • 2014 – implementation of key project activities • Governance reports and guide • Handbook on project results • 2015 – further dissemination of results • National meetings and publications
  11. 11. Email: Twitter: @the_DROPproject Slideshare: user/TheDROPproject 11