EUROPE : WFD-Community : Virtual Community for the training of water professionals
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The project consists in testing a device for the continuous training of professionals, based on collaboration between counterparts, and on the remote management of a community for the training of professionals (CVA), working together on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).


The targeted public gathers beginners and confirmed executives of basin organisations, members of the International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO) at the European level, facing the implementation of the WFD : the CVA serves to train the young executives by helping them “to learn while doing”, by involving confirmed executives, as tutors or as contributors to the exchanges, thus giving the young their formal and informal knowledge and know-how, and benefiting in return with the upgrading of their own knowledge. 

The trainees (about twenty young executives in a team) will be in charge of facilitating open discussion groups widely open to the professionals of the sector. This organisation will be at the core of the training process, and will consist in making the reflection live, in providing reference elements, in contributing, and drawing up regular syntheses, etc. Each individual will give his/her thoughts in all the forums, will have to write “lectures” on special topics, will make monographs on the implementation of the WFD in his/her context, etc. 

The different contributions will be capitalised to supply a knowledge base. 

These teams will be supported and guided by teachers and tutors. The tutor will be a confirmed professional, paid to accompany the team (participation in the discussions, validation of the activities, help in the facilitation, etc.), and the trainers will direct and validate the training process (follow-up of progress in knowledge, provision of methodology to the teams to capitalise the completed work, etc). 

The device will be also opened to non-tutor professionals, who will be able to participate in the exchanges and benefit from the obtained results in the framework of their continuous training. It will be also opened to those who are concerned by water management without being at the core of the target, to widen the debates to the stakeholders. 


Multilingualism will be privileged ; the technological tool will include a translation aid tool.

The project will consist in preparing operational specifications for a virtual training community, in developing the necessary technical and methodological tools, then in testing them for a sufficiently long length of time (18 months) ; one will then have a methodology and tools validated for a long-term collaborative training and the educational framework of the device will have been studied and formalised (ready for a transfer). 

The Charter will be based on a referential, that will include the description of the training programme, the passage points to validate, the methods for validating the obtained knowledge, etc. 

The partnership regroups basin organisations ( Apele Romane , INBO), the University of Bucharest and Training Centres and information institutions on water management ( IOWater , Gdansk Water Foundation, Hydrocontrol ) for a 36 month period :

The financing of the project (€ 380,000) is borne at about 75% by the European Leonardo da Vinci Programme.