Social innovation to renew multi-level and cross-sectoral water governance.

The InnWater project responds to the need to find sustainable solutions for arbitrating water uses that take into account the realities of the field facing the challenges of climate change.

The strength of the project lies in the close collaboration with the five pilot sites on Réunion Island (France), Brenta (Italy), Figueres (Spain), West Country (United Kingdom) and Middle Tisza (Hungary).

The challenge is to progressively expand the target group of the pilot sites to develop a community of practice on the new modes of governance adapted to local conditions of the stakeholders.

InnWater is framed as a multi-level project, creating bridges between the local and European levels, and cross-sectoral, to embrace the challenges of the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem-Health (WEFE+H) nexus to propose ways out of “silo” management.

The project develops a governance platform that will provide access to:

  • Recommendations towards win-win strategies for the WEFE+H nexus.
  • A governance matrix to help users decide on the direction of their governance.
  • Electronic economic models for household pricing.
  • An e-learning module for the training and gamification of water governance challenges.

The InnWater consortium is made up of 13 partners from six nationalities and is led by the International Water Office. Eurecat participates through the Water, Air and Soil (WAS) and Applied Artificial Intelligence (AAI) units, leading the work packages of Quintuple Helix Trust & Engagement and Digital tools for water governance, respectively.


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InnWater – Promoting social innovation to renew multi-level and cross sector water governance

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Programme and call for tender

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe under the call GOVERNANCE-01-06 – Water governance, economic and financial sustainability of water systems

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