REFRESH Stakeholder meeting, Norway - Workshop on Vansjø

VasjoA REFRESH stakeholder meeting Stakeholder workshop took place in Norway, 21-22 October 2013 at the Dillingøy conference centre located on the shores of Lake Vansjø (one of the REFRESH demonstration sites) in the Moss Municipality.

Approximately 40 participants attended, including representatives from municipal and country administrations, farmers association, boat owners association, drinking water company, agriculture authorities, wastewater consultants. Scientists from REFRESH (Work packages 3,5,6,7) and others working on Vansjø and its eutrophication problems were also participating.

The meeting saw presentations of REFRESH work at Vansjø including scenarios (storylines) for ca. 50 years into the future given various options for abating nutrient inputs combined with climate projections. A REFRESH participant from Denmark presented an overview of similar problems in Denmark and how these are dealt with.

Stakeholders responded to the presentations and engaged in discussions regarding measures to achieve good ecological status, and the costs and willingness to pay. There was also discussions about the means available to the authorities -- subsidies, taxes, regulatory restrictions etc

There was also a a session on wider benefits of measures, and REFRESH scientists received a lot of new and useful information on that topic.

A report from the workshop will be prepared as a deliverable from REFRESH