Four European projects come together to discuss sustainable practices to water co-governance
Hosted by OOWV in Oldenburg, four major European projects attended a conference on the 24th to 26th February, to learn about sustainable water governance and improving the effectiveness of (technical) measures through communication and co-governance approaches.
Download the conference summary.
During the two-day conference, representatives from WaterCoG, goCAM, TOPSOIL and STEER discussed complex topics such as ecosystem services, climate change adaptation of regional water balance and citizen involvement.
Running parallel to the conference, students in Oldenburg took part in a Climate Café to address public perception of climate change in the city, Climate Café is a multidisciplinary international governance tool set up as part of several national and international projects on water governance including WaterCog. Originally set up in the Netherlands, it is now a tool which is taken all over the world.
During just the 2-days conference, the students were asked to head out into the city of Oldenburg and talk to the public about their perception of climate change and possible solutions. The students then presented their findings and suggestions to the conference delegates. Watch the video below about the Climate Cafe in Oldenburg:
- Welcome by Egon Harms, OOWV
Dealing with complex ecosystems: How can co-governance approaches support water management?
- WaterCoG Danish pilot pt.1 (Susanne Mortensen)
- WaterCoG Danish pilot pt.2 (Sebastian Zacho, SEGES)
- WaterCoG in Sweden: To handle complex issues (Björn Lagerdahl, Vattenmyndigheten Västerhavet)
- Preparing Water Rights Applications: Improving stakeholders’ support for water rights applications- Lessons Learnt from German WaterCoG pilots (Ilke Borowski-Maaser, Interessen Im Fluss)
- How can co-governance approaches be encouraged? Insights from go-CAM (Konstantin Scheihing, OOWV)
Climate Change Adaption of Regional water balance, Part I: Increasing resilience of groundwater towards climate change
- Results from Dutch TOPSOIL pilot: Climate Change Adaptation for water shortage in groundwater management (Jan den Besten, Hunze en Aas)
- Mitigating the impact of climate change on groundwater resources - approaches in go-CAM (Konstantin Scheihing, OOWV)
Climate Change Adaption of Regional water balance, Part II: Protecting water quality as joint effort by agriculture and water management
- Agriculture and water management partnership working needed to protect surface and groundwater quality (Peter Nailon, Wear Rivers Trust)
- German TOPSOIL Pilot (GE5): Goals and Results (Christina Aue, OOWV)
- STEER: Increasing Good Governance for Achieving the Objectives of Integrated Water Resources Management. Franziska Meergans (UniversitätOsnabrück)
- WaterCoG Texel Pilot: Salinization (Arjen Grent, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier)
PR & Citizen Involvement: What are the impacts of good communication and citizen involvement? - Stevie Swenne, VMM
- Delegate 'poll' on communications pt.1
- Delegate 'poll' on communications pt.2
- Dutch WaterCoG pilot: Climate stress test and atlas (Arjen Grent, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier).
- Video examples from TOPSOIL and Catch
Ecosystem Services: How can the concept contribute to protecting the regional water balance? - Chair: Christina Aue, OOWV
- Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services – tools for co-governance (Barry Bendall, The Rivers Trust)
- Video: WaterCoG – Natural Capital
Climate cafe in Oldenburg on Stormwater Management and Climate Change Adaptation - Involvement of Citizens Climate Adaptation in Oldenburg - Presentation by students participating in the parallel ClimateCafé
Sustainable Water Governance: How can we improve? – On which issues could transnational cooperation best deliver good results?
Discussion with input on the status of upcoming Interreg VIB Programme Period – message from the Secretariat of the North Sea Region Programme - Chair: Ilke Borowski-Maaser, Interessen Im Fluss