Concept and Tools for sharing Knowledge and Awareness on the Rivers of the World
Eric Tilman
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The Challenge...

River Basins and Watersheds Management...Similar global concerns but specific issues... General concepts but specific solutions... includes more than 3000 pages of case studies, knowledge items and interactive web-maps referring to all around the world. It shows how great is the imagination of local communities, authorities, NGOs, rivers advocates and private sector to invent new ways for getting river restored, wetlands protected, fair balance in water sharing, transparent sharing of knowledge, awareness, etc...

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The Concept...


The concept of “” is to develop and explore Internet tools aiming at networking river basins and watershed stakeholders. Lessons learned, success stories, cases of concern, approaches and methodologies, decision tools and new technologies related to river basins and watersheds management and water governance may then be shared. The core feature of “” is to be “river specific”. Topics are presented in terms of “case studies” instead of being treated globally in conceptual papers.


The Rivers Blogs...

River blog Lake Maurepas

The core element of is the “River Blog”. The River Basins of the World are classified according to 12 regions. Each region (Level 1) is subdivided into 10 to 20 “Major Basins or Areas” (Level 2). These Major Basins are then divided into “Sub-Basins (Level 3) and in some cases, a Level 4 can be built in when substantial material may be presented.


Example of "river blog" : The Murray river...


So far, the proposed content of river blogs may be a: (i) relevant link to a website (river basin organisation, “river keepers”, NGO’s, specific blogs or items); (ii) link to a key document; (iii) video; (iv) Tweet from a Twitter account covering the river


Interactive WebMaps...

Webmap Blue Nile

A key feature of “River Blogs” is the constant reference to the geographical context. Interactive Web Maps show the limit of the basins and watersheds, the water streams and water areas. For trans-boundary basins, the country boundaries are shown as well. The background of the maps is based on Google Services. A recent version of the Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera) needs to be installed on the computer for visualizing the maps.


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Case studies, lessons learn, success stories, river basin issues,...


Follow us on Twitter :  @riversnetwork

Twitter @riversnetwork

Twitter provides with the following outputs:

•Sending tweets out by @riversnetwork in order to highlight outstanding items and case-studies.

•Re-tweeting with priority for those tweets that refer to specific rivers (concept of “case studies”)

•Sending tweets that may help promote partner activities.


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