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Translation of Waterproof Data into Sustainable Governance

Through integrating the different work streams and interfacing with a broad range of policy and decision makers, we will try to facilitate the interactions within and outside the project consortium by promoting annual meetings and impact workshops in Brazil, Germany and the UK. In more detail, we will facilitate policy and practice dialogue ‘impact’ workshops as follows:

  1. Subsequent to the mid-term project meeting, we will organise a workshop with delegates from the Brazilian co-operation partners and stakeholders in the UK, including members of the Natural Hazard Partnership and Category 1 and 2 responder communities.
  2. After the final project meeting, we will organise a policy and practice ‘impact’ dissemination workshop in São Paulo to present project outputs and gather feedback to extend the reach and sustainability of project results to a broader range of stakeholders in Brazil and Latin America. This event will include about 50 stakeholders related in flood risk management, including government agencies, NGOs and members of associations of the civil society from other states of Brazil and neighbouring countries.
  3. We will organise a dissemination workshop in Heidelberg, Germany together with the Office of Water Rights of the Rhine-Neckar area targeted at stakeholders in flood risk management in Germany.

In each of these events, we will carefully select a range of academic researchers from a variety of disciplines and a range of end-users representative of key groups engaged in advancing new transformative practices to make flood risk governance more sustainable - and bring them together to discuss a range of core issues identified in earlier Work Packages. The impact workshops, organised on user-centred design principles, will focus on awareness raising, mutual learning, policy foresight, networking, and transferability of results across different cultural and operational contexts. These events will differ from a conventional research workshop in that the primary goal is to open up questions that are frequently unanswered and unanswerable and generate open-minded dialogue amongst a range of different stakeholders.

In the workshops, the search for answers and the process of raising multiple ideas is possible because of the collective expertise and specialisms of the delegates. Stakeholders will not be treated as passive recipients of ‘research’ but brought into the idea generation process itself. To facilitate this user-centered approach we will adopt a World Café style format (or similar) to provide an open and creative conversation on topics of mutual interest to surface their collective knowledge, share ideas and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of developing new practices in flood risk governance. The workshop will facilitate a structured conversational process in small groups, and link ideas within a larger group to access the collective wisdom in the room. Participants will be encouraged to move between a series of tables where they continue the discussion in response to a set of predetermined questions. All discussions will be documented by means of flipcharts and panels, which will serve as data to develop a framework to track governance changes.