Unlock the Future of Water Resilience

Missed our immersive online workshop on “Cutting-edge water governance for water resilience”, which took place on 13 June 2024 as part of the EU Green Week Partner Events? No worries! The recording is available below. Hosted by the Water Governance synergy group, this webinar featured three Horizon Europe research projects—InnWater, GOVAQUA, and RETOUCH NEXUS—exploring multi-level and cross-sectoral water governance.

Join our discussions with leading experts

Water resilience is built with better water governance

Europe is suffering from worsening droughts and floods induced by climate change, and the health of aquatic ecosystems is deteriorating despite decades of attempts to reduce pollution. Water resilience must be a focus of attention in the work of the new European Parliament, Commission and member states. This webinar looks at the central role of governance in building water resilience in the EU. By examining the interplay between legislative frameworks, collaborative strategies and economic incentives, we aim to uncover and discuss innovative governance mechanisms that can significantly improve water resilience.

Webinar Objectives and Highlights

Exploring Objectives

You were more than a hundred people to join our discussions online with leading experts involved in three Horizon Europe projects dedicated to advancing water governance for water resilience, i.e. the ability of our socio-ecological systems, including aquatic ecosystems and communities dependent on good quality and sufficient quantity of water, to cope with change.

Target Audience

Designed for policymakers, researchers, NGOs, and stakeholders interested in EU water management and resilience, this event promises to engage and enlighten.

Interactive Format

Expect a dynamic format featuring interactive sessions, panel discussions, and expert presentations from the Synergy Group of three Horizon Europe projects on Water Governance.

Programme Overview

Explore the structured timeline of our webinar, detailing the schedule, key topics, and interactive activities planned.

10:00 - 10:10 CET

Welcome Session

An introduction to the webinar, outlining the objectives and a brief overview of the three Horizon Europe projects involved.

10:10 - 10:45 CET

Diving deeper into good water governance practices

a) regulatory mix and multi-level arrangements
b) social innovation
c) economics and finance
d) monitoring and evaluation

10:45 - 11:00 CET

Interactive Session

A facilitated discussion allowing participants to ask questions, share insights, and delve deeper into the topics presented.

11:00 - 11:25 CET

Perspectives on water governance for water resilience from different Member States

Presentations on innovative water governance practices from the three Horizon Europe projects, illustrating real-world applications and outcomes.

11:25 - 11:30 CET

Closing Session

Way forwards

Notable speakers

Enhancing Water Resilience through Innovative Governance

Hear from leading experts in the field, including distinguished members from the Synergy Group, who will offer unique perspectives and innovative solutions in water governance.

Dr. Suvi Sojamo

Leading Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute, leads the GOVAQUA project. She has over ten years of experience researching and developing principles and practices of water governance in Finland and internationally.

Dr. Outi Penttilä

Finnish Environment Institute, is a renowned expert in EU water and environmental legislation and is responsible for developing a framework for sustainability transition in water governance in the GOVAQUA project.

Dr. Damián Sánchez García

Senior Project Manager, Cetaqua, leads the development of Living Labs of water governance innovations in the GOVAQUA project and the Lab in Axarquía developing tools for reconciling competing needs.

Dr. Maria Vrachioli

Senior Researcher/Senior Lecturer, Technical University of Munich, maria.vrachioli@tum.de

Juan Pablo Henao

Junior Researcher/PhD student, Technical University of Munich, juanpablo.henao@tum.de

Ema Lazorcakova

Researcher, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (ema.lazorcakova@gmail.com)

Dr. Natacha Amorsi

Dr. Natacha Amorsi, responsible for the coordination of European affairs at OiEau, possesses a doctoral degree in the economics of the environment, with a specialisation in water resources and public participation. She has dedicated her work to the science-policy interface, communication, dissemination, and exploitation within the domain of water governance, including the coordination of the InnWater EU project.

Dr Laurence Couldrick

CEO of the Westcountry Rivers Trust and has been pioneering Integrated Catchment Management for 20 years. Over that time he has developed several multi-million pound projects and long term funding streams to deliver improvements across multiple catchments including developing Payments for Ecosystem Service schemes for water quality, flood risk, drought and biodiversity offsetting. Alongside this he has pushed to explain the complex problems society faces using tolls like Citizen Science as a way of uniting the myriad of partnerships and interest groups.

EU Green Week Partner Events Overview

Enhancing Water Resilience through Innovative Governance

Throughout the week, partner events organised by schools, universities, business associations, environmental organisations, civil society, and government agencies will take place across Europe and beyond. These will raise awareness and educate people about the importance of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable living practices. They will include a variety of activities such as educational workshops, seminars, and eco-friendly projects highlighting the importance of water resilience.