Policy Workshop

Sustainable drinking water management & farming –

successful local policies, initiatives and partnerships

 

As you know our project WaterProtect had scheduled its third policy conference of the work package on Integrated Policy Support in March this year in Warsaw, Poland. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we had to cancel the event  which we prepared for so long and with so many efforts.

However, since we had lined up very interesting speakers from the EC, local authorities, NGOs, industry, farmers organisations and academia, the momentum for this important discussion was not to be wasted. Hence, we decided to adapt the program and transform it into an on-line webinar. This gives you the opportunity to develop new insights for a policy strategy combining sustainable drinking water management & farming by using successful local policies, initiatives and partnerships.

Context and Objectives

European dialogue around sustainability of the farming sector is now marked by the EU cycle of policy reforms and implicitly by the discussions of the role, scope and synergies between agriculture and water policies. The implementation of these policies and the effectiveness in producing real results is very much influenced by the initiatives and implementation mechanisms at local level.

In this context, the WaterProtect EU funded project, organizes a policy conference to identify examples of local policies, initiatives and partnerships making a positive contribution to the drinking water management involving farming systems.

The results of this conference, integrated with the results of other regional conferences already organised by WaterProtect, will set of EU and national policy recommendations for drinking water management involving farming systems and land management.

Objectives:

  • To identify examples of local policies, initiatives and partnerships making a positive contribution to the drinking water management involving farming systems.
  • Encourage dialog and networking between local authorities and stakeholder from various ActionLabs to discuss the factors that contribute to the success of these initiatives, platforms or policies

Venue and date: On-line Zoom webinar meeting- April 2nd, 2020, 9.45- 15.30

Registration: Click here 

Please note that only registered participants will receive the link to participate in the webinar.

 

Agenda

9.45 - 10.00

Participants connecting and solving minor technical problems

 
     

10.05 - 10.15

Setting the scene of the webinar – scope and objectives – Alexandru Marchis, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

     

10.15 - 10.30

WaterProtect: Scope and results & WP2 Governance evolution through multi-actor processes – Ingeborg Joris, WaterProtect Project Coordinator, VITO

     

10:30 - 11:25

Session I: Legal and policy initiatives towards better integration of activities within the catchment management

 

 

  • Revision of DWD: risk-based approach to manage risks in water supplies – Tobias Biermann, DG Environment
 

 

  • Initiative on strengthening local coalitions, Patrick Verstegen, Flemish Land Agency

 

  • Overview of Agricultural Catchments Programme, its role and links into the national strategy in Ireland, Per-Erik Mellander, Teagasc
     

Q & A

5 min Bring your Tea & Coffee Break

 
     

10:30 - 12:15

Session II: Initiatives driven by industry to establish partnerships between water managers and farmers

 

 

  • Water production in an agricultural environment – a case study in Flanders - Rhune Van Cleemput, Watergroep

 

  • 1 slide & Five key messages
 

 

  • Case study- Ermis Panagiotopoulos, European Federation of Bottled Waters

 

  • The role of local TOPPS Experts in Delivering CleanWaters across Europe – Jeremy Dyson, ECPA
 
     

12.15 - 13.15

1h LUNCH Break

 
     

Q & A

5 min Bring your Tea & Coffee Break

 
     

13.15 - 14.00

Session III: Initiatives promoted by NGOs to stimulate cooperation between water management structures and farming

 

 

  • Cooperation for water management, farming and eco-tourism - Alexandra Puscas, Ecologic

 

  • 1 slide & Five key messages
 

 

  • The Water Boards Netherlands – the case study from the Netherlands - Tom Vereijken, EWP

 

  • Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year- initiatives to encourage reducing farming impact - Mrs Weronika Kosiń, WWF Poland
     

Q & A

10 min Bring your Tea & Coffee Break

 
     

14.00 - 14.45

Session IV: Initiatives promoted by farmers toward better protection of water environment

 

 

  • VIVA Sustainable Wine, Certification schemes and impact on water management – Ettore Capri, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
 

 

  • 1 slide & Five key messages
 

 

  • The role of cooperatives in promoting sustainable water management – Pat Murphy, Teagasc

 

  • Improving water quality through new BMPs in agriculture: the Baix Llobregat Agrarian Park case study in Barcelona, Geema Francés, Baix Llobregat Agrarian Park Consoritum
 
     

Q & A

10 min Bring your Tea & Coffee Break

 
     

14.45 - 15.15

Launch of the pan-european WaterProtect Community and proposal for EIP Focus Group on water&farming

 

 

  • WaterProtect Community: scope of the network and e-platform for stakeholder collaboration - Tom Vereijken, EWP& Alexandru Marchis, UCSC
     

Q & A

10 min Bring your Tea & Coffee Break

 
     

15.15 - 15.30

Discussion & Closing