Forging Targets and Solutions for Rivers and Water Ecosystem Restoration

Ljubljana • Del 16 al 18 de Noviembre de 2011

Forging Targets and Solutions for Rivers and Water Ecosystem Restoration

The ECRR secretariat organises this seminar, in close cooperation with EWA, ONEMA, RESTORE, INBO and the Institute of Water of the Republic of Slovenia, as part of the preparatory process towards the 6th World Water Forum (WWF6).

Why you cannot afford to miss this:

Inspiring solutions - by examining river restoration practices and also how this might be delivered or supported through land use planning, tourism and
Invaluable networking - the ideal platform to meet and share ideas with like-minded professionals.
Leading intelligence - share your view on river restoration with the leading experts from around Europe and beyond.
Find out about RESTORE: the new LIFE+ project for sharing knowledge and promoting good practice on river restoration in Europe.

This seminar is a preparatory meeting for the 6th World Water Forum, for the greater European region1. The goal is to build capacity by working on new knowledge for the protection and restoration of rivers and other water ecosystems. This goal will be achieved by formulating targets and a concrete plan of action focused

on 4 main topics:
1. Promote integration of aquatic ecosystems conservation in land (use) planning and other territorial policies,
2. Reach consensus on river restoration good practices as a means to support delivery of European policy goals.
3. Reinforce public education on water ecosystems and resources preservation and restoration,
4. Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems.

This is for you if you are a: policy maker,planner, engineer, land and catchment planner, river restoration organisation and network, river manager, representative from stake holders like hydro-power, land owner/famer, navigation organisation and
anybody else who wants to pull in the subject.

Tentative program

Day 1: November 16

12:00 R egistration, information fair

13:00 - 13:30 Plenary opening session

13.30 - 16.30 Workshops
To identify main problems and solutions regarding the 4 main topics.
It is vital that information on good practice is developed and shared to support the implementation of the EC Water Framework Directive and other key European Directives to help address the decline in river habitat. Sharing will be done in such a way that policy makers, practitioners and stakeholders can relate this to their policy drivers and the related measures that they require, can access information that is contextually relevant to them, can understand the challenges and opportunities that river restoration presents and can as necessary engage with those that have practical experience to share.

16:30 - 18.00 Info fair
Organisations present their activities, achievements and results with respect to the 4 main topics at stands, with posters, films, brochures, etc. Whether you are interested in national, basin wide or EU policies... We intend to look at a wide range of themes associated with river restoration and catchment management. Please contact us at if you have information you would like to share.

18:00 N etwork event hosted by RE STORE
Exchange experiences and interact informally with your peers at the RESTORE network event. (see textbox).

Day 2 November 17

9:00 - 11:30 Key-note address
To summarize main problems and solutions regarding the 4 main topics.
The summaries from the working groups from the previous day will be presented and integrated to further specify the draft targets.

12:00 Field trip
A unique opportunity to visit a state of the art restoration project in Slovenia (TBD).

19:30 O fficial joint dinner

Day 3 November 18

9:00 Plenary closing session
Recap and summary of the main targets and solutions per topic.
Outline remaining preparations towards WWF6.

13:00 End of seminar

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