Source of funding
Name of client/donor
European Regional Development Fund
Overall project value
November 2009 – July 2013
Central and Eastern Europe | Turkey
Number of staff
The project “Water and Drought: Coordinated Actions in European Regions” (WATER CoRe) was funded through the EU’s INTERREG IVC programme. The project provides an exchange platform for water scarcity and drought issues at regional and local level for all European regions. WATER CoRe compiles existing policies and practical experiences on the management of water scarcity and droughts and makes it accessible to all regional and local actors in the EU and beyond in order to help countries create their own tailor-made approaches.
The aim of the REC as regional focal point was to inform key target groups in Central and South Eastern Europe and Turkey about the WATER CoRe project and its results and products (learning materials and guidelines), and to generate dialogue with relevant officials and other related projects.
A total of 14 partners from seven EU member states were committed to exchanging good practices and adapting them to local or regional conditions. Further information can be found on the WATER CoRe project website.
The project resulted in a digital exchange platform, a good practice handbook, a survey to idenitify opportunities for the exchange of good practices within the partnership, regional action plans to transfer experiences between regions, an e-learning programme with thematic modules, as well as policy recommendations.
The REC, as regional focal point, organised a training seminar on the thematic modules of the WATER CoRe e-learning platform. The training brought together representatives of authorities, professionals and practitioners, students, young lecturers and researchers working in the field of water management in Hungary. The aims of the training were to present the WATER CoRe e-learning platform to target groups in Hungary, to evaluate the e-learning platform and to learn about the future needs of authorities and key stakeholders regarding capacity building on water scarcity and drought issues. For further information, and to download documents from the training seminar, please see the event report.
Final conference, Bologna, Italy, November 29-30, 2012
The WATER CoRe INTERREG IV-C project will come to an end in April 2013. At the final project conference in November 2012, project partners gathered to discuss results and achievements and to outline recommendations regarding water scarcity and drought. For further details, see the conference report in Green Horizon Online.
Sharing experiences and good practices, Bucharest, Romania, November 5-6, 2012
Results from the WATER CoRe project were presented at the session “Sharing experiences and good practices” during the workshop “Agriculture and Water Management in the Danube River Basin”, organised by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Emphasis was given to good practices identified in relation to sustainable water use in agriculture, and the transferability of these practices to other EU regions, neighbourhood countries and beyond. The event attracted participants from the Danube countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine) and EC DG Environment.
The Water Challenge: Every Drop Counts (Green Week), Brussels, Belgium, May 22-25, 2012
Alongside the conference sessions and workshops that took place during Green Week 2012, an exhibition of 52 stands showcased green business solutions, and the activities of NGOs, local and regional authorities, and European and international bodies. Open to the public, the exhibition attracted more than 3,000 visitors. The REC organised a stand for disseminating information on the project. Leaflets, newsletters and CD ROMs/DVDs on WATER CoRe were available for visitors.
UNECE workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, April 25-26, 2012
The REC presented the outcomes of the WATER CoRe project at the third workshop “Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins” and the meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Fifth Task Force on Water and Climate. The workshop brought together stakeholders from all over the world who are engaged in activities related to water and adaptation to climate variability and change. For further details, see the conference report.
Regional experience-sharing workshop, Morahalom, Hungary, November 14-15, 2011
The REC, as a WATER CoRe focal point, organised an experience-sharing workshop combined with a study tour, which allowed representatives of authorities and key stakeholders from EU member states and other countries from Central and Eastern Europe to share WATER CoRe project-related results and good practices. It also provided an opportunity to share experiences and success stories related to water scarcity and drought management. Participants at the workshop also identified the capacity-building needs of authorities and key stakeholders in these regions, while WATER CoRe project partners had a chance to cooperate on the development and implementation of strategies and action plans.