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National Research Programme "Sustainable Water Management" (NRP 61)

Water is an essential element for the life of people, animals, and plants. It also fulfills ecological functions. These functions guarantee the diverse use possibilities and are an essential element to sustain the aquatic ecosystems. Including the public need for drinking water supply, society today depends on this natural resource for many economic activities and activities of daily life.

The National Research Programme “Sustainable Water Management” (NRP 61) will develop scientific foundations and methods for sustainable management of water resources, which are under increasing pressure. NRP 61 will determine the effects of climate and social changes on these resources and identify the risks and future conflicts associated with their use. The NRP will develop strategies for ensuring sustainable and integrated water resources management also in the future.





The PSI-connect is a three year collaborative project funded under the European Commission’s current Framework Programme (FP7) which works to develop, test and disseminate knowledge brokering practices in the field of water management and climate change. Knowledge brokering strategies and instruments offer opportunities to facilitate interaction between policy-makers, stakeholders and researchers so as to relate science, experience and insight to policy.

Final conference:

PSI-connect is planning a final project conference in April 2012 where we will deliver interesting cases studies (at regional, national and EU levels) and key lessons learnt regarding our investigations on knowledge brokering instruments in the context of water management and climate change. Training, as an essential part of our dissemination strategy, will be included in our final conference to equip participants with the know-how and skills to actively initiate, shape and maintain effective science-policy interactions. We could perhaps offer a platform for you to work with and you could bring together a group of policy makers and scientists that can benefit from learning more about knowledge brokering instruments. Please note that the training sessions can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the users.

Training workshop:

PSI-connect is organizing a training workshop on collaborative tools to support science-policy interaction. The training will take place on the 12th of October 2011 in Budapest (Hungary) and aims at introducing participants to knowledge brokering instruments such as group model building and scenario planning in the field of water management and climate change. Practitioners with significant know-how in the field have designed a programme around interactive and practical sessions and facilitated discussions. Learning about these instruments to strengthen the relationship between science and policy could perhaps be useful for some elements of your team, for instance, contributing to the success of your planned final workshop (task 5.2). The PSI-connect training event is  free of charge.

Download the workshop brochure.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 August 2011 12:34)



The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.


The IPCC is a scientific body. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information. Differing viewpoints existing within the scientific community are reflected in the IPCC reports.


The IPCC is an intergovernmental body, and it is open to all member countries of UN and WMO. Governments are involved in the IPCC work as they can participate in the review process and in the IPCC plenary sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC workprogramme are taken and reports are accepted, adopted and approved. The IPCC Bureau and Chairperson are also elected in the plenary sessions.


Because of its scientific and intergovernmental nature, the IPCC embodies a unique opportunity to provide rigorous and balanced scientific information to decision makers. By endorsing the IPCC reports, governments acknowledge the authority of their scientific content. The work of the organization is therefore policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive.




The Black Sea Catchment is internationally known as one of ecologically unsustainable development and inadequate resource management, which has led to severe environmental, social and economic problems. The EnviroGRIDS @ Black Sea Catchment project addresses these issues by bringing several emerging information technologies that are revolutionizing the way we are able to observe our planet. The Group on Earth Observation Systems of Systems (GEOSS) is building a data-driven view of our planet that feeds into models and scenarios to explore our past, present and future. EnviroGRIDS aims at building the capacity of scientist to assemble such a system in the Black Sea Catchment, the capacity of decision-makers to use it, and the capacity of the general public to understand the important environmental, social and economic issues at stake. EnviroGRIDS will particularly target the needs of the Black Sea Commission (BSC) and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) in order to help bridging the gap between science and policy.




ICT-ENSURE (Information and Communication Technologies - Environmental Sustainability Research) is the leading support action in the area ICT for Environmental Sustainability Research.

The main objectives are:
* to extend the network of environmental sustainability research
* and to explore the structure and content of European research programmes relevant for sustainable development.