The 14th AZTI´s SUMMER SCHOOL

The Water Framework Directive implementation: is it possible to achieve good ecological status in European waters, from the lessons learnt?
  • Venue: Aquarium. Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain)
  • Date: 6 – 8 June 2017
  • Organizer: AZTI and EEAcademy
  • Language: English
  • Go to registration form HERE
  • Go to programme HERE
  • Go to poster submission HERE

The summer school will be held from 6th to 8th June 2017 (coinciding with the week of the Oceans’ Day on 8th June), at Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain). AZTI is the hosting organization, but also the school is included under the EEAcademy umbrella, from the European Environment Agency. This is the 14th AZTI’s Summer School.

After the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC), the European Member States should have achieved good ecological status in all surface waters (lakes, rivers, transitional waters and coasts) by 2015. However, a high percentage of the European water bodies remain still in an ecological status lower than good.

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AQUACROSS Forum on Ecosystem-based Management of Freshwater, Coastal, and Marine Ecosystems – Insights for Innovation from Science, Policy, and Business

logoAlcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain from June 27th to 28th, 2016.

The Forum is organised by the EU Horizon 2020 research project AQUACROSS: Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies. It is hosted by IMDEA Water research foundation.

The aim of the Forum is to bring together scientists, policy makers, and members of the business community engaged in innovative solutions to discuss cross-cutting topics related to aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. An interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussion will be held with key leaders and experts who will share their views and provide feedback on experiences in assessing, managing, and even using freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems. The interim results of AQUACROSS will also be shared and reviewed with participants in order to bring new knowledge and innovative ideas into ongoing project discussions and upcoming outputs.

The Forum Programme, including confirmed speakers, can be found here: http://aquacross.eu/sites/default/files/AQUACROSS_FORUM_PROGRAMME.pdf

 

AQUACROSS Forum on Ecosystem-based Management of Freshwater, Coastal, and Marine Ecosystems – Insights for Innovation from Science, Policy, and Business

logoAlcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain from June 27th to 28th, 2016.

The Forum is organised by the EU Horizon 2020 research project AQUACROSS: Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies. It is hosted by IMDEA Water research foundation.

If you are interested in freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems but, above all, if you feel that policies across those three realms are too fragmented, the assessment of impacts over these three types of ecosystems is partial, and there is room for further integration between science, policy, and businesses for a more effective action to protect and enhance ecosystem services delivery and biodiversity levels throughout Europe, this Forum will surely catch your eye. And, if so, please do not hesitate to register – your input will be highly appreciated!

The aim of the Forum is to bring together scientists, policy makers, and members of the business community engaged in innovative solutions to discuss cross-cutting topics related to aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. An interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussion will be held with key leaders and experts who will share their views and provide feedback on experiences in assessing, managing, and even using freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems. The interim results of AQUACROSS will also be shared and reviewed with participants in order to bring new knowledge and innovative ideas into ongoing project discussions and upcoming outputs.

We are committed to deliver an appealing and dynamic programme for the Forum (based on facilitated panels or dialogues rather than ppt-based monologues), with innovation as the backbone of the 1.5-day discussions. Innovation in policy, innovation in management, innovation in ecosystem-based management approaches, innovation in the integration of the three aquatic realms, innovation stemming from the interaction between science, policy, and practical applications of the business community, social innovation, etc.

The Forum will take place at Parador de Alcalá, Colegios 8, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (Spain). Registration will be limited to 120 participants and is already available through the Forum website. Please note that no travel expenses will be covered and participants will be asked to pay 60€, should they want to attend the social dinner on June 27th, 2016. Group rates for hotel rooms will be available at the venue.

The scientific partners of the H2020 AQUACROSS project are pleased to announce the Workshop on Ecosystem-based Management across Water Realms that will take place as a side event of the Forum. Information on the call for papers and abstract submission is available here: http://aquacross.eu/content/call-papers

Please register for the Forum here: http://registration.ecologic-events.eu/aquacross-forum

REMINDER: EUCC-France international conference Littoral 2016

logo_litThe 13th conference of the traditional biennial international event of the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) is  “Littoral 2016” : The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change. The conference will be held in Biarritz (France) from October 25 to October 29, 2016.

The presentation of the conference can be found here: English Presentation-Littoral 2016.

  • Deadline for the early-bird registration: 1st June 2016.

To find more information please consult the following website: littoral2016.univ-pau.fr

Floodplain management: reducing flood risks and restoring healthy ecosystems

Floodplains once covered wide stretches along European rivers, but today only fractions of them remain. These ecosystems have an important role to play in reducing flood risks and are also the natural habitat of many endangered species. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides an overview of significant floods in Europe and looks at the role of floodplains in flood protection, water management and nature conservation.

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Atelier EUCC-France dans la baie de Txingudi à Hendaye, 8 et 9 mars 2016

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L’aspect transfrontalier de la baie de Txingudi est un point essentiel de cet atelier et sera donc mis en avant au travers de plusieurs thématiques envisagées où les gestions françaises et espagnoles seront abordées :

  • Les problèmes d’envasement de la baie
  • La protection des habitats et espèces d’intérêt communautaire
  • La gestion transfrontalière de l’estuaire de la Bidassoa
  • Conflits d’usage et impacts de l’urbanisation
  • Le « Coastal squeeze » et l’élévation du niveau de la mer
  • La qualité des eaux marines en liaison avec le bassin versant

 
Vous trouverez de plus amples renseignements, dont le programme actualisé, et un bulletin d’inscription à renvoyer avant le 05 février 2016 en suivant le lien :

https://euccfrancetxingudi.wordpress.com/

UNESCO Water & Climate Day on December 2, 2015 from 11 am to 6 pm at COP 21 in Paris

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By Dr.  Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate

EUCC has been working with  UNESCO on water security issues, including the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation Responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe’, which was launched in 2015, and  is focusing on vulnerability assessments to identify adaptation responses based on the case studies from different regions. This project aims implements activities focusing on developing adaptation strategies to contribute to water security impacted by climate change, focusing on vulnerable regions such as mountains, and arid and semi-arid regions.

The UNESCO IHP addresses urban water needs, coordinating Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change Network (GRAPHIC), which aims at promoting and advancing sustainable groundwater management considering projected climate change and linked human effects. Future activities include applying innovative tools (such as satellite data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, GRACE, mission) for evaluating groundwater resource storage changes in regions where data access is very limited because of either data scarcity or accessibility problems (as a result of geography or conflicts).

December 2nd will be dedicated to Water and Climate at Le Bourget at COP 21.  UNESCO-IHP will organize various water-related events in the UNESCO Pavilion at COP21, celebrating also the 50 years anniversary of UNESCO water programmes. Water plays a key role in climate change negotiations.

  • To celebrate the 50 years anniversary of UNESCO water programmes a special event will take place to launch the book “Water, People and Cooperation – 50 years of water programmes for sustainable development at UNESCO”.
  • Other events and panel sessions will introduce to water-related projects for coping climate change impacts from a broad perspective.
  • The events will cover different themes like: water at schools, tools and methodologies to address water resources challenges, the UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), groundwater in changing climate, water quality and ecohydrology.

Further information: 

 Programme  http://en.unesco.org/cop21/events/water-climate-day

Climate Change and Water Security  http://en.unesco.org/themes/addressing-climate-change/climate-change-and-water-security

International Hydrological Programme (IHP)  http://en.unesco.org/themes/water-security/hydrology

Overall coordination if UNESCO-IHP by: Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, Anil Mishra and Bárbara Ávila

For further information, please contact b.avila@unesco.org.