SedNet Conference 2011

Venice (Italy) • 6-9 April 2011

Sediments and Biodiversity: bridging the gap between science and policy

Hosted and co-organised by: Thetis SpA

Background
Sediment is an integral part of the ecosystem and directly affects biodiversity through hydromorphology, habitat formation and associated pollutants. Using Water Framework Directive definitions, it can be said that sediment affects good ecological and chemical status of water bodies: impacts can be both positive and negative. These impacts are particularly evident in shallow water bodies such as rivers, lagoons and coastal areas. Sediment Management is therefore much more than dealing with more or less contaminated sediment that needs to be dredged for navigation or construction but is more a way of working with nature, finding self-sustaining solutions for the evolution of water bodies in a highly dynamic environment.

The integration of sediment management into river basin management plans, thus supporting the joint implementation of the Water Framework Directive and Floods Directive, is a perfect context to put this holistic approach into practice.

The Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas present unique challenges for sediment management as compared with other EU eco regions; this is coupled with the need for a whole-basin view, involving both the EU countries and the non-EU neighbours of the southern and eastern coastline.

In most cases the targets for sediment management are strongly connected with different uses of water bodies and with interventions to promote socio-economic development and competitiveness, such as port dredging and beach nourishment. In such contexts, the need for good science to inform decisions and policy is crucial in order to promote sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions.

Against this background SedNet is organising an event on 6-9 April 2011 in Venice, which represents a paradigm for all Mediterranean coastal areas due to its cultural heritage, its precious lagoon and its challenges toward climate change adaptation.

Program
The preliminary program can be found here.

Conference fee
€ 250 for students
€ 400 for non-students
Fee is exclusive of 19% VAT.
Included in the fee are: attendance to all parts of the event, coffee breaks, lunches, welcome cocktail on 6 April, conference dinner on 7 April, excursion on 9 April.

Registration
Please send your completed registration form to the SedNet secretariat: marjan.euser@deltares.nl
Deadline for registration is 15 March 2011.

Conference venue
The event will be hosted at Thetis headquarters in the old Venice Arsenal, address: Castello 2737/f, 30122 Venice, Italy. See also http://www.thetis.it/

Hotel accommodation
A list with hotels where you can reserve a room can be found here. Please mention as reference "SedNet conference / Thetis" when reserving a room.
On the map of Venice you can see the location of a selection of hotels.

Exhibition
A small exhibition is organised in conjunction with the conference.
Companies that are interested in participating in the exhibition can contact Thetis: Ms Cinzia Tibolla, email SedNetVenice@thetis.it.
Costs for exhibiting are € 500 exclusive of VAT.
Deadline for subscription to the exhibition is 15 March 2011.

Questions
If you have questions please contact the SedNet secretariat: marjan.euser@deltares.nl

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