Task Force "Water Governance" meeting in the scope of the AEBR Annual Conference on 8 November 2013:


1     Aim and Objectives of Task Force Water Governance

The Task Force encourages   the aspect of Integrated Water resource Management (IWRM) inside and outside the EU. Supported by appropriated financial instruments (such as INTERREG 5A, INTERREG 5B, INTERREG 5C, Horizon 2020, Life +, ESA funding etc). 
The objective of the Task Force (TF) is twofold

  1. To offer a breeding ground for innovative solutions in water management
  2. To match innovative proposals with appropriate financial programs and investment initiatives


2          Impression

Attendance was attended by 25 strongly motivated and competent partners in the three topics and presented and  moderated by 9 professionals in water management.


3          Program

During the AEBR meeting 2013 in Liege-Maastricht the agenda was focused on 3 topics:

The 3 fields of interest

Session 1: Adaptive water resources management

Session 2: River litter as a source of plastic soup

Session 3:  The use of satellite applications to support water governance


Session 1

In the early summer of 2013 serious floods occurred in various river basins in Europe. This session presented and moderated by 4  persons: Dr. Harry Tolkamp, Ms. A. Jaskula, Dr Mary-Jeanne Adler, Ms Dorotee Will.

Session 2

Plastic river litter pollutes the oceans. Most of the litter originates from land, transported by the rivers to the sea. Obvious transboundary challenges. The contributions were presented by Mr Gysbert Tweehuysen, Dr. Ansje Löhr, while Dr Jan Hofman focussed on pharmaceutical pollution in groundwater and surface water.

Session 3

Moderated by Alfred Evers, 9 proposals were submitted, 6 presented as pitches.

With the valuable expertise of Dr Guy Duchossois (former head of ESA mission), the conclusion was that many proposals are considered fully relevant to benefit from space EO (Earth Observation) support. 



4          Conclusion

The conclusions are 3 fold:

- 7 projects proposals would benefit from space, Earth Observation Data. However  one should consider the possibility to combine or at least harmonize some of the proposals aiming at similar objectives. 

- The TFWG meeting offered also the opportunity to briefly report on the current situation about access conditions to Space data in Europe, it also offered the opportunity to discuss possible funding sources in particular at European level, while all partners received a copy of the latest Eurisy publication, Satellites Going Local, water edition.

- TFWG was very useful and activities should be persued at least till the projects are implemented and completed, enabling cross-fertilisation between these projects and sharing experience and competence.


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