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Subregional Workshop on transboundary water cooperation in Central and Western Europe

8 - 10 February 2011

Budapest, Hungary

The subregional workshop on transboundary water cooperation in Central and Western Europe is a crucial step in the process of preparations of the second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the UNECE region for the Seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” (21-23 September 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan).

The workshop was held in Budapest from 8 to 10 February 2011, as one of the events of Hungary’s EU Presidency. The workshop will be organized by the Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, in cooperation with the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC).

The second Assessment is an important part of the programme of work for 201-2012 of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). Compared to the first Assessment, the second edition will have a more holistic approach, integrate surface and groundwaters, highlight legal, institutional and socio-economic aspects and emphasize cross-cutting themes that are a challenge for transboundary waters, in particular the impacts of and adaptation to climate change.  The second Assessment will provide an authoritative picture of the state of transboundary waters and identify joint priorities and challenges. It will be a powerful tool to inform, guide and stimulate further action by Governments, river basin organizations, the international community, including donors, and relevant non-governmental organizations.

The workshop will allow representatives of countries in Central and Western Europe, including EU and EFTA countries, to work together to develop an accurate picture of all transboundary waters in the region – both surface and groundwaters – with the aims of monitoring and bringing positive changes to their management and of laying the groundwork for future work.

The workshop will allow discussion on common issues for transboundary water management, such as diffuse pollution and land use, ecosystems approach and ecosystem services, extreme events, climate change and its impacts on water resources, transboundary groundwater management, industrial and urban pollution with focus on selected pollutants, as well as hydromorphological alterations.

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Setting the scene  

The main findings on the water resources and freshwater quality thematic assessments of the European environment - state and outlook 2010
Mr. Peter Kristensen, European Environment Agency

Theme 1: Water quality issues  

Addressing diffuse pollution in the framework of the International Scheldt Commission
Mr. Arnould Lefébure, Secretary-General


Water pollution from point sources and is impact on surface water quality in Hungary
Ms. Adrienne Clement, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Theme 2: Hydromorphological issues  

Hydromorphology in the Danube River Basin
Mr. Raimund Mair, ICPDR secretariat

Theme 3: Climate change and extreme events  

EU activities concerning the impacts of climate change on water resources
Mr. Balazs Horvath, European Commission

Hydrological drought in the Czech Republic: improved knowledge base for defining water scarcity and drought measures
Ms. Emílie Nedvedová, Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic

Theme 4: Transboundary groundwater management  

Transboundary groundwater bodies of Danube RBD importance – Methodology for delineation, assessing and presenting the status
Mr. Andreas Scheidleder, UBA Austria, ICPDR Groundwater Task Group

Deep thermal transboundary aquifers –Transenergy project
Ms. Annamaria Nador, Geological Institute of Hungary

Theme 5: Water and Ecosystems  

Transboundary cooperation in ecosystem management for improving hydrological services
Ms. Kati Wenzel, Ramsar Convention secretariat

Liberty Island - a side-branch restoration project along the Hungarian Danube.
Mr. Gabor Figeczky, WWF Hungary

The second Assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in Western and Central Europe  

Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwater – Western and Central Europe
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE

Assessment of transboundary groundwaters in the second Assessment: methodology and particularities of the Western and Central Europe sub-region
Mr. Neno Kukuric, IGRAC & UNESCO - ISARM

The assessment of Ramsar sites within the second Assessment of transboundary waters: cases from Western and Central Europe
Ms. Kati Wenzel, Ramsar Convention secretariat

Oder Basin
Mr. Piotr Baranski, International Commission for the Protection of the Odra River

Mr. Joachim Bley, Environment ministry of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg

Rhin supérieur/Oberrhein
Ms. Edith WPDFer, NGO Alsace Nature

Morava Basin
Mr. Pavel Hucko, Water Research Institute, Slovakia

Floodplains of the Morava-Dyje-Danube Confluence
Mr. Milan Janak, DAPHNE Institute of Applied Ecology

Transboundary groundwaters shared by the Czech Republic
Ms. Emílie Nedvědová, Ministry of the Environment, Czech Republic

Transboundary groundwaters shared by Slovakia
Mr. Eugen Kullman, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Slovakia

Transboundary groundwater bodies in Hungary
Ms. Teodora Szocs and Mr. Gyorgy Toth, Geological Institute of Hungary

Mino and Lima basins
Mr. José Álvarez Díaz, Miño-Sil River Basin District’s Planning Office, Spain

The Tagus Basin; Groundwater and Transboundary Aquifers
Ms. María Saenz, Ministry of Environment and Rural Affairs, Spain

Po Basin
Mr. Francesco Puma, Secretary General of the Po Basin Authority

Isonzo Basin
Mr. Alberto Cisotto, North Adriatic Sea Basin Authority 

Lake Neusiedl
Mr. Miklos Pannonhalmi, Hungary

Lake Fertő/Neusiedl transboundary Ramsar site
Mr. András Ambrus, Fertő-Hanság National Park Directorate

Raab/Raba Basin
Mr. Peter Somogy, Hungary

Transboundary Ramsar site in the Foyle Basin
Ms. Karin Dubsky, Coastwatch, Ireland

Torne Basin
Mr. Ari Mäkelä, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland

Theme 6: Implementation of the EU WFD


Lessons-learned from the first preparation of River Basin Management plans
Mr. Joachim Bley, Environment ministry of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg

Comparability of water status assessment
Mr. Przemysław Gruszecki and Mr. Mateusz Zakrzewski, Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, Poland

Water scenarios from the SCENES project: how should policies adapt for sufficient water in the future?
Mr. Ari Mäkelä, Finnish Environment Institute