Training and Dissemination

Since reaching the general public is perceived as a need by Upper Guadiana stakeholders, the NeWater team (UCM, UPM and IGME) is already working on workshops for key water users and the education community. These are organized jointly with water user associations and the regional administration, and ideally these institutions will continue with the initiatives once NeWater expires.

Workshops for the education community

The objective of educational workshops for the education community is to make the civil society aware of the functioning of the Mancha Occidental Aquifer (‘Aquifer 23’, Upper Guadiana basin) and of the problems related to water resources in this area.
On April 27th and May 4th 2006 the Newater team held a workshop for  the education community of Ciudad Real, the main town located in the Aquifer 23 (flyer and programme here). The workshop was complemented by a one-day field trip on May 6th to show the different concepts and problems on the ground, including the effects of intensive pumping on the National Park of Las Tablas de Daimiel. The teacher course was organised by the UCM team of Newater in collaboration with the “José Castillejo” Teacher Centre of Ciudad Real, belonging to the Education Department of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha.
The educational activity was attended by twenty teachers, who were given information material specifically prepared for the course (see educational initiatives) and a poster explaining the original and the current situation of the Tablas de Daimiel wetlands). The poster was carefully designed and edited and will be distributed to schools by the Education Department of the Castilla-La Mancha regional government.

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Due to the positive results of this initiative, the Newater team will host a new edition of the course in autumn 2006 in another Teacher Centre of the area (Alcázar de San Juan or Tomelloso), provided that it gets financial support for the event.
The Newater team will also get in contact with the Education Department of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha to promote the holding of this type of workshops in the future. The UCM team wishes that some of the key concepts of the aquifer functioning and of its adaptative management are known by the Castilla-La Mancha inhabitants in general. Therefore, it will recommend the Education Department to include these subjects in the teaching programme of primary and secondary school and will offer its full collaboration to define its contents in detail.
The Newater team has also organised a workshop (Tomelloso, Ciudad Real) with the objective to make the main water users of Aquifer 23 aware of the specific characteristics of the groundwater body and about the existing problems related to water resources in the whole Guadiana basin.

Training and dissemination

In order to comply with specific requests from the Commission, several training and dissemination workshops have been held in the upper basin within the last year. Training workshops were aimed mostly at scientists and water managers (Guadiana Water Authority), focusing on the application of adaptive management tools such as the WEAP 21 model or Bayesian Belief Networks at the basin scale. These initiatives include heavy involvement from other WPs, such as WP1.5, WP2.1 and, in particular, WP1.7.

Two dissemination workshops have been have been organized jointly by UCM, IGME, the General Community of Water Users of the Mancha Occidental Aquifer and the Education Department of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government. These initiatives aim at reaching the general public by targetting key water users and the education community. More of these workshops will follow in the coming months.

Besides, three issues of the NeWater newsletter and a poster were produced by UCM and IGME and circulated among stakeholders and water managers. The Education Department of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government and the Daimiel Centre for Wetlands have requested three hundred copies of the later for educational purposes.

The Guadiana Water Authority and stakeholders from farmer collectives and environmental conservation groups took active part in a one-day seminar for UCM students. The seminar was held at the UCM premises and focused on the development of adaptive management tools for the upper Guadiana basin.

Train the Practitioners workshop held in Madrid

The Guadiana Case Study has recently (22nd October 2008) developed a “Train the Practitioners” workshop focused on Bayesian Belief Networks (BBN). It has been a specific activity in order to explain what Bayesian Belief Networks are, how to use this tool and how to apply. The idea to do it was born one year ago, when the team of the Guadiana Case Study started to prepare the “Train the Trainers” workshop addressed meanly to the stakeholders (organized by the WB 4).

In this case, the "Training the Practitioners", was thought as a training course for all those interested on this tool at national scale. It was designed thinking of potential BBN-users, from different matters and fields. The workshop was addressed to provide general sight of application of BBN to different disciplines with special emphasis on themes related to water management.The total number of attendees was nineteen, coming from different universities of Spain (fifteen) and four enterprises (working as consulting). The experience was accepted in such a positive way those two attendees suggested to do something similar in Córdoba (Spain).Upper Guadiana stakeholders and practitioners participated in international workshops on adaptive management, including Mexico’s Fourth World Water Forum (March 2006) and the NeWater General Assembly in Hungary (October 2006).
Upper Guadiana stakeholder meetings have been featured once in national radio and television channels.