EUROPEAN RIVERS AND WETLANDS 2021:
The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and the EU Green Deal shaping Europe's Water Management
ABOUT THIS EVENT
The 2021 European River Symposium is a continuation of an adventure begun in 2013, with the convening of the first European River Symposium, to strengthen efforts to protect, restore and better manage rivers in Europe.
The Symposium aims to present information about the state of rivers, highlight important problems, and provide examples and initiatives that improve the protection and restoration of rivers.
Above all the Symposium focuses on building connections between institutions, organisations and companies with an interest in rivers and whose activities affect the health and quality of river water and ecosystems.
The Symposium highlights the changes to rivers and specific actions that have been brought about by the European Legislation (the Water Framework Directive) and most importantly the possibilities and opportunities presented by the European Green Deal and European Biodiversity Strategy. These new initiatives provide a significant basis for strengthening the efforts and actions to protect and restore rivers and their associated ecosystems and to ensure that rivers can continue providing services and benefits to people.
The Symposium will focus on:
1. Providing dynamic panels and discussions that ensure dialogue and interaction among participants.
2. Ensuring active involvement of sectors which have a big impact on rivers (i.e. agriculture, producing industry, water utilities, energy, navigation, tourism).
3. Providing an integrated perspective on ecological river restoration to implement the Water Framework Directive and its related Directives.
Philip Weller, Programme Leader IAWD.
Bart Fokkens, Associate Expert ECRR
Bart Fokkens, Associate Expert ECRR
Laurice Ereifej, CEO WWF CEE
Eric Tardieu, Secretary General / Edouard Boinet INBO
Konstantin Ivanov, Director / Jergus Semko GWP CEE
Nadya Dedikova, Programme Manager ERS2021, WWF CEE
INBO organizes the four following sessions of ERS 2021:
Session 1. How can the EU Biodiversity Strategy help achieve the WFD objectives, and vice-versa?,
Wednesday 26th May, 10h30 – 12h00 (CEST)
- Dam Removal Europe - Pao Fernández Garrido & Herman Wanningen, World Fish Migration Foundation
- Coordination of EU WFD and BD strategy implementation –Case Finland - Turo Hjerppe, senior specialist, Ministry of the Environment; Jouni Tammi, senior specialist, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Matti Vaittinen, project coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
- Strategy for the restoration of the water xourses in the center river bassins district Vouga, Mondego and Lis rivers - Nuno Bravo, Administrador Regional APA
- River continuity restauration in France - OFB
Session 2. Adaptation to climate change: the interest of basin management planning,
Wednesday 26th May, 12h30 – 14h00 (CEST)
- Fighting drought and floods: opposite manifestations of the same issue… - Leon Dhaene – Secretary General / International Scheldt Commission
- Climate change adaptation plan of the Adour-Garonne basin - Mrs. Françoise Goulard, Senior climate expert, Adour-Garonne Water Agency
- The Ebro Resilience Project - Fernando Magdaleno, WaterDirectorate, MinistryfortheEcologicalTransitionand theDemographicChallenge
- Low water monitoringin the Rhine River Basin - Nikola Schulte-Kellinghaus, International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR)
- Danube River Basin Adaptation Strategy in two Basin Management Plans - Ivan Zavadsky, ICPDR Executive Secretary
Session 13. Sustainable agriculture and water management: towards new synergies,
Thursday 27th May, 12h30 – 14h00 (CET)
- A guidance for policy making - Adam Kovacs, ICPDR
- Sustainable agriculture and water management – Perspectives from GWP - Julienne Roux, GWPO
- Sustainable agriculture and water management towards new synergies - Peter Newborne, Regional Coordinator for Europe, ALLIANCE FOR WATER STEWARDSHIP - AWS
- Intervention de M. Roche, European Commission
- Report: Outcomes
Session 14. Participatory basin management: how to do it & why it matters!,
Thursday 27th May, 14h15 – 15h45 (CEST)
- Participatory basin management: how to do it & why it matters! - Mr. Alexander Zinke, Senior Project Coordinator Water and Environment, Environment Agency, Austria
Participatory Basin Management Case Study : Danube - Mrs. Helene Masliah Gilkarov, Technical Expert, Public Participation & Communication, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
Incentives for local measures and the role of catchment officers - Mrs. Anna Ek, Senior analyst, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Citizen Observatory for water management: a new participation approach in the Eastern Alps River Basin District - Dr. Michele Ferri, Director, Eastern Alps River Basin District Authority
Here below you can find the overview of the programme of the event.
Please keep in mind that some changes may occur. We will inform participants if and when that happens.