Conference in Budapest: Discussing the futures of European waters
Apr 6th, 2011 |
Budapest, March 2011. The “Futures of European Waters” conference, held in Budapest on 24th and 25th of March, brought together the academic and policy communities to discuss the long-term challenges we are facing with respect to freshwater management in Europe. Key issues identified were the need to strengthen trans-national cooperation and to adopt integrated water management strategies for coping with current and future challenges.
Rob D’hondt, member of the EWP Water Stewardship team, presented the European Water Stewardship scheme as a participatory and operational approach towards Sustainable Water Management (SWM) involving water managers, economic actors and stakeholders of various sectors. This joint thinking on water issues throughout different sectors offers a key added value to the promotion and implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. Please view the presentation here.
Furthermore, the European Water Stewardship scheme was proposed as a methodology for defining and implementing SWM response strategies on a river basin scale. These response strategies are essential in order to achieve and ensure a real benefit for the environmental sustainability of Europe’s river basins.