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23.03.-25.03.2011: Reminder – Register now for the “Futures of European Waters: How should policies be adapted” Conference

Mar 10th, 2011 |

Brussels, 10 March 2011. The European Water Partnership has the pleasure to invite policy makers, water managers, NGOs, business representatives as well as the scientific community to attend the conference “Futures of European Waters: How should policies be adapted?”, to be held on 23-25 March 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.

The future of Europe’s waters will be influenced by a combination of many important environmental, social, political, and policy drivers, such as global change, population growth, land use change, economical and technological developments. Political developments, such as the enlargement of the European Union will have impact on Europe’s waters. Amongst the most important policy drivers are the current and future agricultural, industrial, energy, trade, transportation and environmental policies.

One of the most important policy drivers is implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The WFD promotes sustainable water use based on long-term protection of water resources. Since many basins are trans-boundary in nature, the WFD encourages a European approach to river basin management. River basin management plans have to take a broad view of water availability and surface waters and groundwaters, as well as programs of measures and others.

An important task is to assess the future state of waters in Europe in order to anticipate and plan for the problems of future water use for different sectors, availability and quality. This will allow water authorities, water companies, and policy makers to devise better strategies for water policies and water management in Europe.

This Conference will elucidate potential visions of Europe’s water resources, in terms of quantity and quality, water demand, use and availability; and adaptive strategies and implementation plans on how to reach sufficient water supply in next decades in Europe.

The Conference is part of the Hungarian EU Presidency program and co-organized by the European Water Partnership (EWP), the SCENES project (Water scenarios for Europe and neighboring countries) and the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Please note that there is no registration fee for the conference.

For more details about the agenda and registration, please click here.

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