During the Water Innovation Europe 2020 conference, the POWER project, represented by its coordinating partner, De Montfort University, has been selected as the winner of the WIE 2020 Award for the category Water Governance.
The award has been assigned to the the most successful governance solution for the water sector. POWER demonstrated that the use of smart technologies supported by innovative engagement models plays an important role in addressing priority areas that will have a significant impact on the future of water in our society.
POWER has created a strong legacy of:
– new tools (the digital social platform, DSP, and the best practice repository, BPR),
– new models for engagement (gamification knowledge visualisation, collaborative idea contest, ConCensus), and
– new methodology (Governance Capacity Framework),
to ensure the informed growth of political and social awareness and action on water environmental challenges.
The POWER tools have been specially designed and implemented to facilitate the digital involvement of communities in processes of multi-stakeholder governance, dissemination, planning and decision-making that can be applied to any sustainability-related challenge.
In the long-term, the POWER approach aims at building capacity in cities to develop solutions, strategies and policies for addressing water-related sustainability challenges that can ensure policy continuity, thus creating an important tool for EU water policy.
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