European experience with science-policy interfacing to cope with drought

W. Wolters, J. Andreu, D. Assimacopoulos, F. Puma, S. Dias, I. Seidl, H.A.J. van Lanen

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Abstract

Drought is a natural hazard that has hit Europe hard over the last decades. The DROUGHT-R&SPI project (2011-2015) advances on drought research and associated science-policy interfacing. This FP7 project works at various scales, ranging from local to the pan-EU level. In addition to the European level, the project works in six Case Studies, in Greece (local), Spain & Italy (river basin), Portugal, Switzerland, and The Netherlands (national). In the paper, the various drought science-policy interfacing approaches are described. An overall finding is that Science-Policy interfacing at detailed scales (i.e. specific to sector, context and territory) is easier than at pan-European scale. Another important conclusion is that successful science-policy interfaces develop over time, based on their specific (socio-economic, historic and institutional) circumstances and specific drought characteristics. As well, stakeholders appreciate to be engaged in science-policy activities, they express a benefit from being involved. The functioning of the science-policy interfaces has been observed to refine and improve in the case of prolonged or successive droughts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing - Proceedings of the International Conference on Drought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages501-511
ISBN (Print)9781138027794
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Conference on Drought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing, 2015 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 10 Mar 201513 Mar 2015

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Drought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing, 2015
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period10/03/1513/03/15

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    Wolters, W., Andreu, J., Assimacopoulos, D., Puma, F., Dias, S., Seidl, I., & van Lanen, H. A. J. (2015). European experience with science-policy interfacing to cope with drought. In Drought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing - Proceedings of the International Conference on Drought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing (pp. 501-511). CRC Press/Balkema. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429226380/chapters/10.1201/b18077-84