REFRESH stakeholder meetings: October 2013-January 2014

A number of stakeholder meetings are planned in Norway, Estonia, Turkey, United Kingdom and Belgium.
  • 21st and 22nd October 2013 - REFRESH Stakeholder Meeting in Norway - This will be held over two days in conjunction with a planning meeting with people from the county, municipality, and water district organisation involved with the Vansjø-Hobøl (Morsa) demonstration catchment. Day 1 will focus on the managers’ needs (“Managers and stakeholders’ frequently asked questions to researchers”) and Day 2 is set aside to present results from REFRESH and to ask for stakeholders’ view of project results/assumptions e.g."What will the water quality be if the climate changes"? etc.
  • 6th November 2013 - REFRESH Science Symposium, London - this will be an open meeting at which the output from REFRESH will be presented to a scientific audience. 
  • 7th November 2013 - REFRESH Regional Stakeholder Meeting in UK (UCL) - this is a meeting aimed more at practitioners, managers etc. (people tasked with implementing the WFD both practically and at a higher level). This will also showcase REFRESH results but in a way that emphasises the importance for management of freshwaters. The main focus will be how to accommodate future changes in climate, land use , water resource demands and atmospheric pollution into freshwater management strategy. This will be a 'two way' meeting whereby each presentation from REFRESH is 'answered' by a well briefed discussant from the stakeholder community. The target audience is international (UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium). 
  • 2nd December 2013 - REFRESH Stakeholder Meeting in Turkey (Ankara) - A number of REFRESH participants will present output from REFRESH to a stakeholder audience. 
  • 29-30th January 2014 - Joint REFRESH / BioFresh Science Policy Symposium, Natural Sciences Museum, Brussels. The aim of the joint Science Policy Symposium for Freshwater Life is to present the scientific advances of BIOFRESH and REFRESH, to discuss their implications for the freshwater management in the EU and to come up with clear recommendations for policy making. The goal is to support implementation of the Biodiversity Strategy 2020 and the EU Water Framework Directive (and its potential revision) with the best recent knowledge on the current and future status of freshwater ecosystems and their inherent biodiversity.

More information about these meetings will follow. For any queries please contact Martin Kernan (m.kernan@ucl.ac.uk)