Regional Networks

A NWRM community of practice

A major objective of the NWRM initiative was to build a European NWRM “community of practice” by bringing together all parties interested in the design and implementation of NWRM, facilitating the creation of partnerships and information exchange. The ultimate aim was the development of a European (web-based) knowledge on NWRM, including technical, environmental, socio-economic, governance and implementation aspects of NWRM.

A web-based discussion forum

The web-based NWRM discussion forum was created to host this community and build networks of expert and practitioners on NWRM. The discussion forum is not closed with the end of the MWRM project. It will be facilitated for one more year. Here, you can exchange ideas and experiences on NWRM, as well as discuss about specific challenges and priorities specific to different regional contexts.

At the EU level, the forum aims at bringing together existing initiatives and research projects on NWRM. However, NWRM implementation faces different challenges in different European regions, depending on factors like for example bioclimatic and hydromorphologic conditions. For this reason, four regional networks were created as sub-groups of the current group: Baltic network, Danube network, Mediterranean network and Western network. Discussions on the regional groups have focussed on these regional characteristics, challenges and priorities, and may continue in the following year depending on facilitation and needs and may allow the identification of best practices as well as practical solutions to common issues.


The common objectives are:

  • collective learning about NWRM;
  • sharing practical experiences and pooling expertise on NWRM implementation and regional specificities;
  • identifying key policy and implementation issues – and solutions to tackle them. 
  • acquire first-hand knowledge on regional issues;
  • enhance knowledge levels on NWRM (for the planning cycles under the WFD)
  • promote a policy agenda tackling main challenges (financing, co-ordination of water policies and land-use policies, etc.).

 These regional processes should reflect work-in-progress, which will be fed by the contributions of NWRM experts, practitioners and other stakeholders. For this reason, your views and experiences with NWRM are a valuable input to the processes.


You can still join the NWRM discussion forum at the following: link

The LinkedIn group is accessible to everyone that apply to it; however, you need to join 'LinkedIn' prior to gaining access to it.

Creating an account can be done with a minimum of information. If you don't have a LinkedIn account ...

What for?

Once your invitation is accepted, you will be able to:

  • raise issues in the discussion fora;
  • suggest new case studies or references;
  • react to others’ views and statements;
  • learn from on-going (lively!) electronic exchanges.


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