CITIZEN AND PUBLIC EXPERTISE TO RESTORE WATER CYCLES AND CLIMATE

 

In Europe, emerging water issues are challenging citizens and communities in a complex manner. This project, funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union, will form a structured partnership between French, Slovak and British citizens to strengthen, in Western and Eastern Europe, the European network of experts in public water. Over the next three years, it will initiate debate and create learning materials on sustainable development and the social, economic and environmental aspects of water.

The project will enable  participating citizens from France, Great Britain, Slovakia, to innovate together a common foundation of knowledge and good practices for a model of “water and the recovery of the climate in the twenty first century ". It will support an analysis of national policies by participating citizens, and also provide a pooling together of local and European actions of training, reflection and exchange.

Citizens and their regions can be powerful catalysts for change and can bring innovative solutions to Europe's problems in terms of politics, sustainable development and acting with their own local communities to bring about the necessary change.

The participants will work to bring together research, formal and informal education, civil society and local communities to pool knowledge and know-how in the field of water and climate. Thus will emerge on a European scale, the principle of a "citizen and public expertise of water and climate" co-led by scientists and citizen actors in water. An online curriculum will be available at the end of this project. It will continue to strengthen citizen expertise on water at a European and even international level.

Public management and a more democratic path giving citizens a real role to play, is a challenge in achieving a new model of water management adapted to the needs and realities of the 21st century. The citizens of today will have to rise to this challenge. The questioning of institutions and political bodies at the international summits of COP 23 and 24 in Bonn and Warsaw with a new model of water and climate carried by European citizens will be the culmination of advocacy actions built collectively through this project.