Water research and water management is not only the subject of natural and technical sciences, more and more is important involment of social sciences. Domestic demands compete with ecology, agriculture, industry and other users for the same water resource. These competitions play out via economic and political mechanisms on scales from the local to global. Water science should be interdisciplinary and it is apparent that water knowledge is produced widely within society, across experts, stakeholders and citizens.
The main objective of Interreg Central Europe project PROLINE-CE is the improved protection of drinking water resources as well as protection against floods or droughts in an integrated land use management. This encompasses minimizing conflicts between drinking water resources protection and land use activities.
Water resources are under increasing pressure, mainly due to land use and climate change which both have significant impacts on water resources in general and drinking water resources particular. The vulnerability of water resources is therefore constantly increasing.
Drinking water protection is already an integrated part of land use management and spatial planning processes, but lagging behind with implementation and realisation. In PROLINE-CE project, from the very beginning the stakeholders and decision makers are involved and participate in the project workshops and other events.
Our pilot action area in PROLINE-CE project is Dravlje valley – the location for potential drinking water source. The pilot action area is urbanized, crossed by highway with large open spaces adjacent to a hilly Natural Park. On this location, in the suburbs of Ljubljana, there is a high pressure on land use. This is also a flood area, where surface waters drainage coming from hinterland is not properly regulated. Despite favourable hydrogeological conditions, there is the influence of existing land use on groundwater vulnerability. As can be seen, the pilot action area is the junction of diverse interests. To harmonise the interests of different stakeholders, that is a prerequisite to establish the drinking water source in the existing land use, we organise workshops, meetings and interviews with involved stakeholders.
We want to present the results and our experiences that have gained in communication and work with stakeholders and decision makers.