NeWater Autumn School 2006:

Adaptive Management in the Context of Integrated Water Resources Management

Peyresq, France, Sept 27 to Oct. 7, 2006

The first NeWater “Autumn School” on Adaptive Management in the Context of Integrated Water Resources Management was successfully completed in Peyresq, France (in the Alps,100 km north of Nice) on Oct. 7, 2006. The Autumn School was hosted by Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Osnabrück, and the Global Water System Project (GWSP).


The programme for the autumn school has drawn on the scientific expertise as well as reports, approaches and methods developed in the NeWater project and the GWSP. With the efforts of 12 instructors, the autumn school set out to facilitate an understanding of the following:

With teaching expertise drawn from the NeWater partnership, the autumn school is presented in three parts (participation is not mandatory for all parts):

Part 1: introduction to adaptive water management including basic concepts of IWRM and adaptive management, water management regimes, resilience and adaptive capacity, water policy mechanisms, and uncertainties in water management.

Part 2: methods for adaptive management including vulnerability assessment, governance regimes, participatory approaches, group model building and information gathering and monitoring systems, integrating economics into IWRM, and transitions management.

Part 3: Presentation of the final results of the group exercises and summary.

The topics above were will be addressed with extensive reference to current water management case studies drawn primarily from the NeWater project and GWSP including the Orange, Rhine, Elbe, Guadiana, Tisza, and Amudarya river basins.


Weds. 27 Sep

14.30 – 17.30

Participants arrive Tues evening or Weds. morning

Part 1: Introduction To Adaptive Management

Water Management Regimes – (conceptual foundations)

Introduction to basic concepts of IWRM & Adaptive Management (C. Pahl-Wostl/P. Jeffrey)

Definition of a Water Management Regime (Claudia Pahl-Wostl)

Thurs. 28 Sep

09.00 – 17.30

Introduction to Resilience and Adaptive Capacity ( Jan Sendzimir)

Water policy mechanisms for Adaptive Management (Paul Jeffrey)

Fri. 29 Sep

09.00 – 17.30

Role of uncertainties in water management (Marcela Brugnach, Roland Schulze)

Concepts of uncertainty, uncertainty analysis

Increased uncertainties due to climate (global) change

Climate and Hydrological modelling in uncertainty analysis

Sat. 30 Sep


Sun 01 Oct.


Mon. 02 Oct
09.00 – 17.30

Part 2: Methods for adaptive Management

Vulnerability assessment and its role in water management

Introduction into basic concepts and methods (Katharina Thywissen)

Role of poverty and social disruption (Nilufar Matin)

Tues. 03 Oct

09.00 – 15.30

16.00 – 17.30

Governance regimes and participatory approaches

Introduction to basic concepts of governance and governance regimes (Erik Mostert)

Role of participation, social learning, methods for stakeholder participation (Matt Hare)

(Continued on Weds. Oct 4)

Weds. 04 Oct

09.00 – 16.00

17.00 – 19.30


Continuation of Participatory Approaches (Matt Hare)

Performance Indicators of Adaptive Management

Thurs 05 Oct

09.00 – 12.00

14.30 – 17.30


Group model building (Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Matt Hare)

Information gathering and monitoring systems (Raffaele Giordano)

Fri 06 Oct

09.00 – 12.00

14.30 – 18.00


Integrating Economics into IWRM (María Máñez)

Introduction to Transitions Management (Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Rutger van der Brugge)

Sat 07 Oct





Part 3: Final results from practical exercises

Presentations by working groups

Discussion including potential questions directly related to projects of the participants

Wrap-up and Close: What have we learned? What can we do with this? What are the limitations and areas that require further development? (Claudia Pahl-Wostl)


Shuttle departs for Nice

Accommodation and Travel Information

The village of Peyresq is located in Haute-Provence 1528 metres above sea-level. The village has a long history dating back to the 13th century but is now managed by the Belgian academic community for the purposes of running seminars and summer schools. Information about the location can be found on the Peyresq [] website

Session leaders: Short biographies/CVs (pdf downloadable below) 

Background readings for the Autumn School: see-   Please review articles before sessions (extra copies will not be available in Peyresq).
For more information, contact the Autumn School co-ordinator:

Caroline van Bers

Tel. +31 53 489 4135