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Sustainable Water Ecosystems Management in Europe: Bridging the Knowledge of Citizens, Scientists and Policy Makers

Carlo Sessa
Carlo Sessa
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July 2012

Sustainable Water Ecosystems Management in Europe examines the anthropogenic deterioration of water ecosystems, in particular in coastal areas. It proposes a new approach to enhance connectivity between research and policy-making. The book exploits the concept of integrated adaptive ecosystem management, by engaging scientists, policy makers and the public (the latter including both stakeholders and lay citizens/water users) in comparable case studies. Emphasis is given to the role of the public to enlarge the concept of organisational learning to the wider concept of social learning.

The EC 7th Research Framework Program funded project AWARE engaged a panel of randomly selected citizens living in three different coastal areas of Europe - in a pilot experience of knowledge brokerage with water scientists and decision makers focused on coastal waters quality. Results and lessons learned from the project are summarized in this volume, and recommendations are made for this pilot's replication and transferability to different coastal areas and sustainable water management tasks - and beyond to other sustainability research and policy issues. This book is a must-read for water managers and policy makers looking to effectively organize citizen and stakeholder participation in river basin and coastal water planning, as required by the EU Water Framework Directive.

Sustainable Water Ecosystems Management in Europe provides useful recommendations for organising effective participation of citizens in the science and policy dialogue, promoting a collective awareness of the plans and actions needed to protect the water environment and ensure sustainable use of water resources.

This title belongs to European Water Research Series.

ISBN: 9781780401140 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780401157 (eBook)

Sustainable Water Ecosystems Management in Europe: Bridging the Knowledge of Citizens, Scientists and Policy Makers
By: Carlo Sessa
ISBN (electronic): 9781780401157
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2012

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