Integrated Water Resources Management GUIDELINES for the MEDITERRANEAN BASIN

June 27th 2016
Regione Toscana Florence

In June 2016, Water-DROP partner Regione Toscana has released the Integrated Water Resources Management GUIDELINES for the MEDITERRANEAN BASIN. These guidelines constitute an output of the project itself. Throughout its 24 months of implementation, the Water-DROP project has addressed topics ranging from the use of an integrated approach Decision Support System-Geographic Information System for the water cycle management to the implementation of pilot actions concerning water quality monitoring, water treatment, water governance, cost-benefit analysis and elaboration of normative proposals in the field of water resources. These Guidelines address concrete recommendations for strengthening cooperation between the European Union and partner Countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, presenting synergies among policies, multilevel stakeholders and instruments in the field of water resources in order to support the harmonization of the law in force within the Mediterranean Basin.Since water is essential to every aspect of life, its management implies remarkable consequences on key issues from health to human rights, the environment to the sustainable economic development, the social balances to the achievement of peace in water-related conflicts. Even if trans-boundary water resources were not a specific topic of the project from which these Guidelines were developed, the document also takes into consideration the importance of cooperation and common administrative structures where water resources have to be shared among different Countries.Given the fact that the management of water resources is a key priority for most of the Mediterranean Countries and that most of the water problems are due to the mismanagement of the water resources and to the incoherency among different policies impacting on water, these Guidelines on the Integrated Water Resources Management aims to enhance an integrated water cycle management approach at Mediterranean Basin level for managing the related cross-sector issues through the enforcement of multistakeholder partnerships (public and private actors). Moreover, preparing for climate change is a major challenge for water management. In the years to come, climate change will increase the likeness of flooding, droughts and other consequences throughout the water cycle: this is what all citizens and decision-makers have to learn how to prevent.Attached Water-DROP IWRM Guidelines.

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