In the Mediterranean region, water resources are expected to be severely affected by climate change and other pressures. The impact of such pressures needs to be considered to ensure the sustainable supply and use of high quality water resources in the future. However, many water management initiatives do not adequately pay attention to climate change impacts at the river basin level. Given the cross-cutting nature of water management, it is crucial to involve society at large, stakeholders, experts and policy makers and address their interests, demands and concerns to ensure long-term effectiveness of the management of water resources.
Objective : 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 will be a practice-oriented conference with a strong science base, with the aim 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 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. Participants have the opportunity to share their own experience on conference themes through targeted oral presentations. Abstracts are invited for either of two sessions, 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 program and information on registration and abstract submission can be found on the River Basin Adaptation Conference website.