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Work Packages /_Handbook

By the means of a handbook this work package aimed to effectively disseminate findings of HarmoniCOP in a concise way.

The production of the handbook on PP methodologies supported the implementation of the PP provisions of the water framework directive (WFD) at the EU, national and sub national level as well as promoted social learning in RBMP.

The project was right from the beginning based on an exchange with potential end-users (e.g. water management authorities, developers of decision support systems) to ensure that both the format and the type of information would meet the requirements of the user community. This also enhanced the awareness of the users for participatory methods and promoted further exchange in the development of methodologies. Means for information exchange included the different meetings with stakeholders, involvement in the case studies, and this interactive communication and information platform. The handbook has an open format and was also made available here on this web page.

Information given comprises:

  • the legal and policy background of PP in RBMP in Europe (in regard to the water framework directive),

  • methods and approaches for PP in RBMP,

  • a short summary of the different national traditions in Europe and their backgrounds,

  • rules of good practice for designing a participatory process for national and for international RBMP according to the WFD (considering the different backgrounds and aiming at social learning),

  • the possibilities of ICT tools to support such participatory process,

  • short examples of good practices, e.g. documentation of case studies.

As the handbook is depending on the overall framework and the co-ordination of HarmoniCOP, USF Osnabrück was also team leader of this work package.