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Networking Perspectives of Transnational Co-operation and Participatory Planning for Integrated Water Resources Management through the promotion of new forms of Spatial Governance (NETWET 2)
Start date: Dec 31, 2002, End date: Jun 29, 2006 PROJECT  FINISHED 

NetWet 2 focuses on various important problems in the field of water (salinity of groundwater aquifers, ecological balance of sensitive aquatic ecosystems, drinking water, environmental impact of organic agricultural practices on waters, protection of flood risk areas, protection of drought areas in relation to flood development, protection of areas with high environmental hydraulic risk, economic value of humid areas water) and aims at the promotion of bottom-up participatory spatial planning and new forms of spatial governance at transnational level for the integrated management of water resources. The project's principal objective is the development of transnational co-operation for water management through: 1. the promotion of water management integrated methods and 2. the development of new conditions of bottom-up participatory spatial planning and new forms of spatial governance at transnational level. Achievements: In the framework of NetWet 2 the following methodologies, innovative tools, sustainable practices guidelines and pilot studies were implemented: - Development of methodologies and best practice guidelines for integrated approaches of water resources management: in coastal and insular areas (for example salinity of ground water aquifers, quality of drinking water, impact of tourism activities on water), environmental impact of organic farming on water, pumping systems in agricultural areas, protection from flooding in agricultural and urban areas, management of areas with high hydrological risk through River Contracts in industrial areas, - Development of innovative tools to assist in spatial management of water resources: Innovative tools for recording, the environmental monitoring of water resources and the management of spatial information through remote sensing and GIS (territorial model of ecological sensitivity and hydrological, meteorological and territorial model), - Development of spatial functional synergies for the integrated spatial management approach of water resources: Transnational forum of multilevel deliberation, specifications for the elaboration of River Basin Management Plans, networked itineraries of the cultural dimension - water, economic value of wetlands in relation to their ecological functions, juridical and participatory issues in water resource management, River Contracts.
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