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ATOIS TECHNICAL SUMMARY

Outreach


Introduction

The information in this text is a Technical summary of the work undertaken in the EU FP6 project AquaTerra (Project 
number GOCE505428), which ran from April 2005 until March 2009. The aim of this technical summary is to provide a
concise account of the range and nature of the work undertaken in the project relating to the subject of OUTREACH,
in other words, work related to raising the awareness of the work of AquaTerra to a wider audience. The intention
is to make the work of AquaTerra more accessible to stakeholders for whom the information could be of value. This
document should be read with a view to following up the work it describes in more detail through the specific project
deliverables, which if publically available can be downloaded from the main project website:
http://www.eu-aquaterra.de.

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Background

A core part of European legislation since the introduction of the Water Framework Directive has been stakeholder 
interaction, the involvement of those people who would or could be affected by legislation, but who do not have a
direct role in either its design or implementation. Within AquaTerra it has always been the intention that the information
in such a large scientific project should be made accessible to those groups that would find the information of interest
and value. In particular this focus has been on those responsible for the implementation of the first review of the
WFD, as the work of AquaTerra has been completed in 2009, the year when the first River Basin Management Plans (RBMP)
are due to be submitted to the European Union. Other stakeholders include those with an interest in the management
policies of river basins, in particular those studied within AquaTerra (Danube, Ebro, Elbe and the Meuse), as well
as the wider scientific community and the general public.

Within AquaTerra, the responsibility for outreach activities has been held by three sub projects, namely EUPOL,
which investigated the links between AquaTerra science and policy demands, INTEGRATOR, which investigated key
environmental issues and stakeholder interests in the study river basins, as well as socio-economic impacts of
the key issues and the development of the AquaTerra Online Information System (ATOIS), while KNOWMAN has concentrated
on raising awareness of the project and dissemination of information through a series of workshops and training
activities. In addition to these specific sub projects, further outreach work has been undertaken by various AquaTerra
partners in the form of press releases and television exposure on an ad hoc basis in local areas where AquaTerra activity
has been significant. There has also been the production of the AquaTerra Final Report, which provides a summary
of the work in the project categorised by the individual sub projects involved. Finally there has been the production
of the AquaTerra Online Information System, ATOIS. This presents the information online in the form of factsheets
relating to individual knowledge and tools produced within the project, technical summaries, such as this one,
which categorise the AquaTerra work according to a keyword structure related to the WFD, rather than by the sub projects
of AquaTerra, and provide a series of hyperlinks to other portals containing relevant information on soil and water
science in Europe.

This technical summary is divided into five categories, reflecting the nature of the work: stakeholder interaction,
science-policy interfacing, socio-economic models, training and workshops and other activities.

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