Action Group Meeting Brussels 9-10 April 2014
In April 2014 the action group partners met in the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels. Aim of the meeting was to share the first results of the learning approach to the governance of implementation and to discuss further actions.
As the WaterCoRe group is shifting its attention from technical issues to governance, most actions are now in the implementation stage. We should be able to adapt this implementation to new circumstances (climate, economy, etc.). This requires some kind of learning and monitoring. This learning takes place within regions (between stakeholders) and between regions (EU level). Challenge is to link professional monitoring to cooperative monitoring to improve adaptive capacity. How do we organise this? How can this help to breach the planning-implementation barrier? How to empower local stakeholders (what can they do themselves?)
The knowledge partners presented a first method for participative monitoring, based on the Policy Canvas which was developed in the Knowledge for Climate programme. The Canvas is a standardised way of describing an implementation design. It can also be used as a monitoring tool. The policy partners (representing regional governments) presented the first results of applying this method to implementation projects.
Follow up of the meeting will be a survey, describing one or more projects in each of the participating regions. By monitoring the implementation of these individual projects we hope to learn more about the complexity of implementation processes. Which factors are promoting or hindering implementation and how have parties dealt with these? Based on these observations we would like to draw lessons on how to enhance the implementation of adaptation measures.