In Pskov started the second round of the special IWRM summercourses. The course was attended by 21 representatives from 8 regions. The participants have been working on IWRM methodologies, and direct strategy and action planning for an IWRM approach to deal with a wide range of problems and their opportunities of the waterbodies in their own region.
Participants from the following regions attended the course: Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Perm, Pskov, Saratov, Sakhalin, Khabarovsk, and Chelyabinsk
The two weeks educational program included lectures, practical sessions, and meetings with representatives of local state, NGO, private sector, scientific organizations and mass media.
The innovative aspect of this year was that the admittance of participants did not take place on a personal base, but the regions had to prepare a case study upfront, and provide a team of specialists from multiple stakeholders of that region: in this way the outcome of the action plans has already been composed by them, underlining the “Integrated” approach. The interests of these actors have been discussed, and as such the result is a joint plan, diminishing the risks of conflicts in later stage, and improving the mutual understanding on interests.
Furthermore there have been working excursions to the Peipsi Lake (Chudskoye), Pushkinskie gori, Izborsk and Pechori, where local stakeholders have been interviewed about the way the management plan for these areas have been set up, and how stakeholders and other actors have been involved in the development of these plans.
The course was finished with a plenary presentation of 6 regional action plans, which include SWOT analyses, stakeholder graphs, resource plannings, problem trees and actor analysis diagrams.
We will make the full report of this course available on the website http://www.iwrmru.net