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Project ID

Project Title




Focus Areas

Collaborative funding of IWRM related research

Geographic Scope


Lead Organization(s)

International Office for Water

Project Partners


3 millions Euros





Project website(s)


Natacha Amorsi

iwrm-net[@]oieau.fr IWRM-NET coordinator : 00 33 5 55 11 47 88 Office International de l’eau, 15 Rue Edouard Chamberland, 87065 Limoges Cedex, France



IWRM-NET (n°ERAC-CT-2005-026025) is a five years (2006-2010) European Research Area project (ERA-Net) funded by the European Commission.

IWRM-NET aims to implement new research activities at the national and regional levels related to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) with a focus on the Water Framework Directive.

The 18 European partners currently involved in IWRM-NET are research programme managers and have agreed on what should be IWRM-NET by 2010.

IWRM-NET is open to new research programme managers working at national or regional level and dealing with Integrated Water Resource Management issues. Information to join the IWRM-NET community.

IWRM-NET is an ERA-Net project, coordinated by the International Office for Water and funded by the European Commission, that has started in January 2006 and will end in 2010.

The 17 research programme managers currently involved has decided to tackle the challenge of implementing new research activities at national and regional levels in the field of Integrated Water Resource Management with a strong focus on the Water Framework Directive.

Expected Outcomes

Two research calls have been launched with a total of over 6 millions Euros - further collaboration is envisaged after the end of the project. Details are being discussed currently

Achievements: Results and Impact

Four projects have been funded by IWRM-net so far.


Facilitating the application of and CAse STudies on Ecological Responses to hydro-morphological Output from Research degradation and rehabilitation OBJECTIVE: Assessing research output (both national, European and North American) and case studies concerning the ecological effects of hydro-morphological degradation and positioning hydromorphology in river rehabilitation strategies.


Innovative Instruments and Institutions in Implementing the Water Framework Directive The objectives are to promote the transboundary exchange of experiences, by broadening the range of methods and tools available for implementing water management - innovative instruments and institutions (I-3)The project will focus on I-3 for the setting of environmental objectives (cf. WFD art. 4) at the sub-basin level and for the development of measures to be included in the river basin management plans.

KNAC “Knowledge in Action in the Rhine river basin hydro-morphological restructuring” (Knac) is about knowledge on hydro-morphological restructuring of water bodies in river basins. Our assumption is that improvement of transfer, circulation or co-creation of knowledge is needed. The subject of our study is knowledge arrangements in the Rhine river basin. This makes a focus on analysis of trans-national, cross scale and interdisciplinary knowledge systems within river basins possible. The objectives of the research are: 1. To assess knowledge arrangements of planning and decision taking in the field of hydro-morphological improvements in sub basins of the Rhine River Basin 2. Test approaches of knowledge co-creation in the field of hydro-morphological planning and decision taking with actors in the field. And define criteria for monitoring success and failure.


Riparian vegetation modelling for the assessment of environmental flow regimes and climate change impacts within the WFD

Two general goals are proposed in this project. In the first goal the main specific scientific objective is to develop a flexible dynamic model of riparian habitats and vegetation to be easily applied in a wide range of conditions across Europe, from humid regions of Austria to Mediterranean conditions, including rivers with permanent and non-permanent flow regimes. The second goal consists in the application to some case studies of the countries involved in this project (Austria, Portugal and Spain). The application will not only validate the model, but also will serve as an instrument to deliver tools that support water managers decisions related with the riparian vegetation and ecological status in permanent and non-permanent rivers. The last, specially important in Mediterranean regions.

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