SPI-Water Science-Policy Interfacing in support of the Water Framework Directive implementation

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/11/2006         Duration: 24 months         Project Type: Other
Contract Number: 044357
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
Water and sanitation-->Water supply
Water resources and their management -->Costs, benefits and sustainability
Water resources and their management -->Monitoring and mitigation
Water resources and their management -->River basin management
Water resources and their management -->River basins
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Project objectives:
Analysis and evaluation of projects in the field of river basin management that are of potential use for the WFD implementation.   
To collect scientific knowledge, research results and demonstration projects; to select, based on established criteria, the projects for potential information 
useful for implementation of the WFD To analyse and evaluate the relevance and usefulness of the selected information with respect to the European WFD water policy, the policy implementation
tasks and the related milestones in the implementation of the WFD To promote the obtained results to the end users, in particular in the context of the activities under the WFD Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) Dissemination activities through the use of a science-policy interfacing instrument in the context of the development of WFD river basin management plans
To develop a science-policy interface linked to the WFD implementation, based on two components: a staffed communication-services centre and an operational
WISE RTD Web-Portal To establish a reliable and user friendly science-policy interface, by filling the WISE-RTD Web Portal with information collected, analysed and linked
with the WFD implementation tasks To disseminate the use of the WISE-RTD Web Portal, aiming to provide access to RTD and demonstration project information in the context of the development
of WFD river basin management plans To involve existing related networks on river basin management in the establishment of the science policy interface Development of EU Water Initiative/WFD joint process activities for facilitating the implementation of integrated water resources management principles
in non EU countries To review water policy experiences in non-EU countries and to compare with the current WFD practices; to perform a need assessment of 2 Mediterranean river
basins To study the applicability of WFD practices to non-EU countries and to identify activities for facilitating its implementation in non-EU countries To disseminate the obtained results to non-EU countries
Project Summary:
SPI-Water is an EC research project (FP6) in the context of Specific Support to Policies  
is aiming to enhance the interfacing between science and policy with respect to the Water Framework Directive Implementation  
started on 1st November 2006 and will run for 2 years  
There is a clear need for streamlining of information from e.g. the scientific community to policy decision-makers. In this respect, efforts are on-going 
in the framework of various initiatives to examine how an efficient and operational ‘science-policy interface’ could be developed in support of the implementation
of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This development is being undertaken in the framework of the Common Implementation Strategy of the WFD and in close
cooperation with the Harmoni-CA concerted action which has initiated the WISE-RTD Web Portal. The ultimate aim is to develop an interface that could meet the
demand of different levels of users and other stakeholders, ensuring an efficient dissemination and use of research results and experiences.
Achieved Objectives:

Product Descriptions:
Many current water-related RTD projects have already established operational links with practitioners, which allow the needs of policymakers to be taken 
into account. However, experience has shown that this interrelationship is not as efficient as it could / should be. Often, RTD results are not easily available
to policy oriented implementer (policymakers) and, vice versa, research scientists may lack insight in the needs of policymakers. SPI-Water proposes a number
of concrete actions to bridge these gaps in communication by developing and implementing a 'science-policy interface', focusing on setting up a mechanism
to enhance the use of RTD results in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation.
Additional Information:

Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 6
Link to Organisations:

Environment Agency (England and Wales)
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  26/10/2007 11:29:00