During the project the CRUE ERA-NET has introduced a structure within this area of European research through an inter-comparison of the process of research programme formulation, implementation and management. This has led to the consolidation and promotion of best practice and the identification of gaps and opportunities for international collaboration on future programme content. CRUE has also addressed the pressing need to improve the dissemination of existing research results to derive public benefit from past investment in the generation of knowledge and understanding.
From the start of the project in November 2004 CRUE partners have encouraged participation in the Network from other Member States which commission research on flood risk management. The Partners have launched a joint call for research two times, (one early in the project) as a practical demonstration of collaboration. The topic area for this structuring activity lies within the Global Change and Ecosystems priority area of FP6 and covers one facet of achieving Sustainable Development. Structuring the European research on this topic will facilitate technologies and strategies for sustainable flood mitigation and defence, recognising the complex interaction between natural bio-physical systems and socio-economic systems, to support spatial and policy planning in the context of global change and societal advance.
The second joint call for research is currently active and will complete by March 2012.