The INTERREG IVC project "Water Scarcity and Droughts: Coordinated actions in European regions" (WATER CoRe) will come to an end in April 2013. The final conference was held on November 29-30 in Bologna, Italy, at the Palazzo Re Enzo.
WATER CoRe provides a local- and regional-level exchange platform on water scarcity and drought issues affecting all European regions. It compiles existing policies and practical experiences concerning these issues and makes them accessible to all relevant actors in the EU and beyond in order to help countries to create their own tailor-made approaches.
Fourteen project partners from seven EU member states gathered to assess the achieved results, which include the Good Practices Handbook, the WATER CoRe Guide, a survey and an e-learning module, as well as to reflect on the political recommendations that the project will produce regarding water scarcity and drought situations. Political representatives from the partner regions signed a third and final statement on behalf of the project. The political platform was chaired by Regional Minister for the Environment and Urban Planning Sabrina Freda. The Memorandum of Understanding includes political recommendations related to tackling water scarcity and drought, as well as the positive results of cooperation under the project.
By signing the statement, REC Deputy Executive Director Radoje Lausevic confirmed the REC's commitment to continue acting as the WATER CoRe Focal Point to connect regions and stakeholders and to facilitate dialogue on needs and solutions in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. With a network that ensures its local presence, the REC will distribute information on water scarcity and drought issues collected during the course of the project. It provides an open forum for the exchange of knowledge between regional and local policy makers and stakeholders who are dealing with the causes and impacts of water scarcity and droughts. Information will be provided on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.