Work Blocks

To achieve NeWater objectives the project was structured to allow effective exchange between innovative and cutting edge research on integrative water management concepts and specific themes together with practical application and testing in participatory stakeholder processes in the basins. The figure below gives an overview over the different work blocks that were the main components of the NeWater project:

Implementation of all activities of the NeWater project in work blocks and their interaction.

WB1 developed new concepts and methods to understand and implement the transition from current practices to more adaptive management to increase the adaptive capacity of river basins. It will include a critical evaluation of costs and benefits and of potential risks associated with such a transition.

WB 1 integrated results and tools from WB2 that investigated vulnerabilities and adaptive capacity of river basins and developed practical toolkits to set the baseline for understanding the priorities to be addressed by adaptive management strategies.

Both WB 1 and WB2 performed empirical research in case studies coordinated by WB3. WB3 carried out stakeholder processes and coordinated empirical research in the selected river basins to generate input to the development of new concepts and methodologies and to provide a test bed for their plausibility and applicability under different environmental and societal conditions.

WB4 further developed tools and guidance for practitioners based on new conceptual insights, experience collected in the basins and the needs from ongoing policy processes, in particular the European Water Framework Directive and the European Water Initiative.

Research activities and the development of guidance for practitioners paide high attention to integrate results from previous and ongoing EU projects and to engage in an intensive dialogue with the wider community of IWRM experts. WB5 established the link to relevant European activities and ongoing policy processes. The platforms provided immediate feedback from and to policy processes, in particular to the implementation of the European Framework Directive and the European Water Initiative.

NeWater was a complex project that requires very good coordination and management. WB6 established a platform to coordinate the project. Interaction will be facilitated between stakeholder and problem driven processes in the basins and thematic research. The management approach chosen will be adaptive and flexible to guarantee the ability to respond to challenges arising from stakeholder interactions and new insights gained during the project.

The work blocks included following work packages:

WP No. Title of WP


Adaptive management regimes and methods for the transition to adaptive management


Governance, institutions and participation


Transboundary regimes


Integration of IWRM & spatial planning


New methods of managing buffering capacity


Transition to advanced monitoring systems for adaptive management


Vulnerability & exposure to shocks and stresses


Understanding the consequences of climatic hazards and climate change in IWRM


Resolving conflicts between water quantity, quality and ecosystems


Social Dimension of IWRM: Poverty, Health, Gender


Resilience & Adaptive Capacity of Complex coupled Systems


Scenarios and Future Trends in driving Forces for IWRM


Coordination and stakeholder support


Rhine Basin


Elbe Basin


Guadiana Basin


Tisza Basin


Amudarya Basin


Nile Basin


Orange Basin


Compendium and best practices from case studies


Tool Development


Guidance and Training


European IWRM expert Platform


Global IWRM Research to application Platform


Project Management Platform Coordination and Management


Synthesis and Scientific Dissemination


Training and Education