One success of the project was developing and maintaining a strong transnational collaboration between the partners. Each pilot of the project was designed around the collaboration of at least two partners, and these “duos” enabled partners to gain new solutions and knowledge from their counterparts. As a result, the partners developed sustainable synergies that continued after the end of the project.
Additionally, a strong communication campaign, and the conclusions of the governance analysis allowed the stakeholders involved to become more aware of drought issues and enhance their preparedness measures for the future. The regional stakeholders involved in the project now have road maps with clear and precise recommendations to improve their governance of drought adaption in the future.
Another example is the project’s pilot concerned with the Somerset Levels in South West England. After the flooding in 2013-2014, the UK partners in DROP circulated reports to regional policymakers. It included measures that were tested in the project, such as woodland planting and improving soil structure, which were concluded with the help of DROP members and local farmers. The reports were then included in the ‘Somerset 20 Year Action Plan for water management,’ which was an important plan for the county.
This example illustrates the partnerships between DROP, local stakeholders, farmers, and policy makers, which resulted in increased drought awareness, and developed adaptation plans that improved the climate resilience of the area, enhancing preparedness overall.