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University of Osnabrueck – Institut für Umweltsystem-wissenschaft/USF, Germany CP

The Institute of Environmental Systems Research (IESR) is a multi-departmental institution of the Departments of Mathematics/ Computer Science, Biology/Chemistry, and Business Studies. It represents one of the four interdisciplinary institutes of the University of Osnabrueck. The main research areas undertaken at the Institute include ecosystems analysis and biogeochemical modelling, environmental exposition and risk analysis, substance balances, environmental management systems, actor-based analysis and modelling as well as socio- economic issues related to sustainability. www.usf.uni-osnabrueck.de

The institute is responsible of the project HarmoniCOP which explores stakeholder and public participation and the role of ICT tools in river basin management planning using a social learning perspective. HarmoniCOP aims at improving the conceptual base for stakeholder and public participation and provide practical guidance for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive.

Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl is professor for the ''Management of Resource Flows'' an endowed chair of the German Environmental Foundation at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück. The new research field is devoted to developing innovative concepts of managing transformation processes towards sustainability with an emphasis on an improved understanding of dynamics and management of actor networks and the development of indicators for environmental, economic and social sustainability. She is coordinator of the EU project HarmoniCOP (Harmonizing Collaborative Planning), member of the core group of the EU Concerted Action Harmonica (Harmonizing Modelling Tools at Catchment Scale) and coordinator of the EU project cluster on the Human Dimension in Water Management.

Bettina Blümling is currently working in a research project on participatory irrigation management investigating water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture. The focus of her research is the development of new concepts integrating institutional, economic, environmental and technological factors to understand what determines water use efficiency. Empirical research is carried out in the Haie basin in China and in Marocco.