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Project Twinning European and third countries river basins for development of integrated

Project number 505287
Geographical coverage Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Chile, Kazachstan, South Africa
Budget (in €) 2175068
Programme INCO MED (FP6)
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Objectives *Strategic objectives:

1. To fill gaps in knowledge and methods in order to enable implementation of a harmosided IWRM approach that addresses the European Water Initiative, in five river basins.
2. To enable and perform assessment of vulnerability to climate change and
anthropogenic development, and produce integrated river basin management plans, that includes optimal combinations of actions. To reach the strategic objectives of TWINBAS, a number of research tasks on hydrology, modelling of pollution flow, impact assessment,socio-economics, scenario analyses and action efficiency have to be carried through. For all these activity areas, the goal is to bring knowledge to a level where IWRM can be implemented for the five twinned river basins; Okavango (Botswana), Nura (Kazakhstan), Bio (Chile) Thames (UK) and Norrstrom (Sweden).

- TWINBAS will have an important strategic impact by creating the practical means for implementing the EU Water Initiative 'Water for Life'. The nature and width of the gaps in knowledge vary between the different case study rivers, and therefore the research required differs between the river basins. The research and the IWRM components of TWINBAS are organised according to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) so that the FWD guideline documents can be utilised. The proposal also addresses the EU Water Initiative, which promotes development that is demand led from the less developed countries. The strong component of public participation and stakeholder involvement will ensure that each component has local ownership and addresses priorities identified within the region. The river basins selected represent a wide variety of water use problems, and a variety political and societal systems. Thus, the applicability of the WFD approach will vary for the third country basins, and methodology applied will be a modification of the WFD process TWINBAS ainms at enabling development of water management action plans.
Period [01/12/2003 - 01/12/2006]


    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country Sweden
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    Contact Dr. Ekstrand Sam,
    Position: General coordinator of the project
    Phone/fax: +46 8-598 563 00 , +46 8-598 563 90

Funding sources

  • European Commission
    Source EC INCO MED
    Programme INCO MED
    Funding rate 64