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Managing the Danube until 2021: Have a say!
The public consultation for the Danube River Basin Management Plan Update
2015 and the first Flood Risk Management Plan is under way. Drafts of the two
plans were published for comments on ICPDR.org in December last year. In
May, when further details will be available, a social media campaign will encourage
comments and a film clip, under production, will explain the importance of
the public’s role. However, the highlight of these consultation efforts will be a
stakeholder consultation workshop, which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, on
2 and 3 July.
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Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Rhine Basin
The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine has published a
climate change adaptation strategy for the Rhine River Basin district. The development
of this strategy is based on a sound evaluation of scientific studies, a process
that started as early as 2007. Addressing an expected precipitation increase of
20% in winter and a decrease of 10% in summer, the adaptation strategy also had
to take regional variability into account. Projections are divided into ‘near future’
until 2050 and ‘distant future’ until 2100.
Download the strategy at: www.iksr.org
Apply now for the IRF European Riverprize
The International RiverFoundation is calling for applications for the 2015 IRF
European Riverprize, an esteemed award for the restoration, protection or sustainable
management of European rivers and wetlands. Any organisation or partnership
can apply, regardless of the size of the river or the scale of the work. The
winner will automatically qualify for the Thiess International Riverprize in 2016.
Applications can be made on the IRF website, and the first stage of the application
process must be completed by 29 May 2015.
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SAVAPARKS: Network of wetlands established
Fifteen institutions and organisations from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia signed the SAVAPARKS Declaration on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, establishing a network of wetlands and protected areas. The network will develop guiding principles on nature conservation, river and floodplain rehabilitation and sustainable use of water in the Sava River Basin. SAVAPARKS links a significant variety of the basin’s unique natural and cultural heritage features of the Sava River Basin, which is a tributary of the Danube.
Fourth implementation report on the Water Framework Directive and Floods Directive
On 9 March, the European Commission published an interim report to
the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of the EU
Water Framework Directive. The report includes a review of progress on
the Programmes of Measures planned by Member States in their river basin
management plans. The report is based on analysis of the reports submitted
by Member States and also suggests improvements to future programmes
of measures for update of the river basin management plans. To identify
and build on existing synergies with the Floods Directive, the report also
includes an assessment of that Directive’s implementation.
Download the report and supplementary information
New Heads of Delegations to the ICPDR
The ICPDR welcomes new heads of delegations. For Croatia, Mr. Ivica Plišić takes over from Mr Dražen Kurečić, who is presiding over the ICPDR in 2015 (see interview page 24); for Ukraine, Mr MykhailoTomakhin takes over from Mr. Mykola Melenvskyi. Danube Watch thanks the outgoing heads of delegations for their support and is looking forward to working with their successors.
New Financial Management Officer in ICPDR Secretariat
The ICPDR Secretariat has a new staff member: as Financial Management Officer, Ms Joanna Blaszkiewicz will support the sound and efficient use of the commission’s resources. The Polish accounting specialist will add a wealth of experience to the Secretariat, derived from an international career in different industries with a strong regional focus on Central and South-East Europe. Until recently, Ms Anna Koch was in charge with the ICPDR’s financial administration, assisted by Ms Conny Gehringer, they have both left the ICPDR Secretariat. Danube Watch wishes Ms Blaszkiewicz all the best for her new tasks and thanks Ms Koch and Ms Gehringer for their services.