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River Basin Adaptation Conference

The River Basin Adaptation Conference will be a practice-oriented conference with a strong science base. The aim is to share experiences from the BeWater project and other initiatives and identify best-practices on science- society interactions for river basin management and climate change adaptation.

7 March 2017 - 8 March 2017

There is an urgent need for adaptation plans to outline how individual river basins can prepare for the impacts of climate change and other pressures. The development of successful adaptation strategies needs to involve both regional and local stakeholders.

The River Basin Adaptation Conference, which will be held in Nova-Gorica, Slovenia, is open to practitioners, scientists, stakeholders and policy-makers, indeed anyone interested in considering strategies for adapting river basins in the face of climate change and other pressures. The aim is to share experiences and identify best-practices on science-society interactions for river basin management and climate change adaptation.

The event, the final conference of the FP7-funded BeWater project, will be held over two days. The discussion day will include keynote speeches, presentations and interactive sessions on best practices in adapting river basin management to climate change, while involving society. Leading experts in climatology, water management and participatory techniques will discuss conference themes and participants have the opportunity to share their own experiences through targeted oral presentations dealing with best practice for adaptive management strategies and policy considerations for participatory river basin management.

The second day consists of a field trip to the Vivava river basin, one of the four case studies in the BeWater project. The trip will follow the course of the river, from spring to reservoir, with points of interest including hydrotechnical works, conservation areas, flood risk protection measures and a waste water treatment plant.

The conference language will be English. A detailed programme is available on the conference website.

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Climate change, Climate adaptation, Resilience, Global change, Science and society, River basin management, Water management, Adaptive management, Public participation, Bottom-up approach, Mediterranean

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