The European Regional Process (ERP) offers a lot of opportunities to get involved in it! We would very much welcome your contribution to the writing the Regional Document and to the organization of the Regional Session in Istanbul. Please find all the relevant information on how to get on board in the text here below as well as in the more detailed planning document (downloadable from the side bar).
For further information please get in contact directly with Harro Riedstra, or Lucilla Minelli at the European Water Partnership.
General overview of the ERP
The European Regional Process aims to be as inclusive as possible, reaching out to stakeholders in the whole of (geographical) Europe, specifically focusing to include the input from Eastern and Southern European countries as well.
The aim of the regional process is to mobilise actors in the region and act as a catalyst for specific contributions from the region to the Forum. Seeing that issues differ across regions, the regional coordinators will develop these themes in their regional context and provide region-specific input into the Forum. Each region is coordinated by a specific organisation or group of organisations that brings together the various stakeholders from all sectors and corners of the region.
The European Water Partnership has been appointed European Regional Coordinator.
The first meeting of the ERP was held in Brussels on 27 February 2008 to identify the key topics to be addressed within the Process. The list of the eight themes resulted from the discussion with the respective thematic coordinators can be downloaded from the side bar.
Objectives of the ERP
- Develop the Forum-themes from a regional perspective
The goal of the ERP is to result in a clear statement on the current situation in Europe, the European challenges, experiences and best practices, building on the Regional Process for the fourth World Water Forum. This information will be presented in the European Regional Document, leading to a set of policy recommendations (policy actions that need to be taken to address the remaining challenges) and key messages (what does Europe have to offer in terms of experiences).
- Represent geographic Europe
The “geographical Europe” is intended as of the definition given by the Council of Europe. The ERP makes use of existing networks, initiatives and conferences to enable challenges and solutions of the whole Europe to be taken into account, focusing specifically on the Eastern and Southern regions.
- Connect European politicians to the Forum
The Forum is very much focused on achieving political results and the discussion on the theme: “Water Management Adaptation Strategies for Global Changes, including Climate Change/Variability” will take place at three levels: Ministers, Parliamentarians and Local Authorities. The Ministerial level will culminate in a Ministerial agenda. The ERP is contributing to this important process by organising- together with Friends of Europe - the European Policy Summit on Water, taking place on the 5th of November 2008 in Brussels. Registrations are still open via the EWP website. The “Discussion Paper” preparing the ministerial agenda is available at www.ewp.eu/erp09. Your comments are welcome before the 15th of November 2008.
Outputs of the ERP
- European Regional Document:
This Document will present the work done within the European Regional Process and provide an overview of the actions taken per theme, the European challenges and the European policy recommendations and key messages. Contributions to the actual writing of the Document are very much welcomed!
from the 21st of November to the 5th of December 2008:the first drafts of the chapters are available at www.ewp.eu/ERD-chapters as well as on the Virtual Meeting Space (World Regions - Europe) for comments. Everyone can send suggestions either directly to the thematic coordinators or to the EWP (Lucilla Minelli: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- European Regional Session at the Forum:
The European Session will take place at the Forum, bringing together high-level representatives from business, NGO’s, politics and research to discuss the results of the ERP. Get in contact with us to have your say on how to structure the session.
- Inputs in the thematic sessions at the Forum:
The fifth World Water Forum’s thematic programme will consist of a 100 sessions, each addressing one specific key question. The ERP feeds into this process, providing the European perspectives on the themes.
Important Upcoming Dates
- 15 November – 5 December 2008: possibility to comment on first drafts of Regional Document
- 3 December 2008: Workshop "Water Vision for Europe" in Castellon, Spain
- 8-9 January 2009: Workshop in Copenhagen
- 26 January 2009: Workshop "Water Vision for Europe" in Vienna, Austria
- 4-5 February 2009: Workshop in Brussels, Belgium