HARMONICOP: Harmonising collaborative planning

  • Sauri Pujol, David (Principal Investigator)
  • Parés, Marc (Scholar)
  • Ribas Palom, Ana María (Investigator)
  • BOON, Kasper (Investigator)
  • CECCON, Luciano (Investigator)
  • DEBACKERE, Koenraad (Investigator)
  • GROEN, Jan (Investigator)
  • HALDER, Alan (Investigator)
  • HORVAI, Gyorgy (Investigator)
  • KRAEMER, R. Andreas (Investigator)
  • Kunzel, Rainer (Investigator)
  • LAVANCHY, Jean-Marc (Investigator)
  • LAVARDE, Patrick (Investigator)
  • LOOS, Andre L. (Investigator)
  • PRIETO VILLAPUN, Juan Carlos (Investigator)
  • VAN BENNEKOM, Andre (Investigator)
  • VELTZ, Pierre (Investigator)

Project Details


The main objective of the HarmoniCOP project is to increase our understanding of participatory river basin management in Europe and support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive on this point. The research will focus on three aspects that are both essential for river basin management and scientfically challenging: - scale issues (at which level and in which phase to organise which kind of PP?) - the role of information and information tools - the influence of the cultural-/ political-/ geographical context. Nine countries will be studied and in-depth case studies will be conducted. The research will result in a Handbook on public participation methodologies to be used in implementing the Water Framework Directive. Throughout the project, end-users will be involved through workshops, the case studies, the Internet, etc.
Effective start/end date1/11/0231/10/05

Collaborative partners

  • Maastricht University
  • Università degli Studi di Udine
  • Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)
  • Stichting Waterloopkundig Laboratorium
  • WRc plc
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Ecologic-Institute for International and European Environmental Policy
  • Universität Osnabrück (lead)
  • Colenco Power Engineering Ltd
  • Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Fôrets (CEMAGREF)
  • Delft University of Technology (TUDelft)
  • Universidad de Alcalá (UAH)
  • RIZA (Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment)
  • Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées (ENPC)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)


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