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The IS Rivers symposium on large rivers around the world

From 26 to 28 June 2012, the first edition of the IS Rivers international symposium brought together 500 participants in Lyon. The purpose was to present the latest knowledge and feedback from projects and thus contribute to sustainable management of large rivers, taking into account their specific aspects. A second goal was to enable true dialogue between scientists, on the one hand, and river managers, local inhabitants, engineering firms and river users, on the other. Discussions dealt with the physical, ecological and human aspects of river systems, such as governance, economics and culture. Patrick Weingertner, head of the Onema North-East regional office, spoke on the importance of governance in managing cross-border rivers. The next edition of the symposium will take place in 2015.

The proceedings may be found at http://www.graie.org/ISRivers/actes/n_index.htm.

Contact: veronique.nicolas@onema.fr

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Onema and AFEPTB reinforce their cooperation

On 2 July, AFEPTB (French association of public river-basin territorial agencies) and Onema signed an agreement to reinforce their collaboration in the fields of knowledge and management of aquatic environments. The two entities joined forces to solve two major problems in the basins and sub-basins, i.e. the restoration of river hydromorphology and the need to improve knowledge on water and aquatic environments. The double goal of joint projects will be to encourage the involvement of elected officials in efforts to restore rivers and to draw up an inventory of the know-how, tools and data used by the river-basin territorial agencies.

Contact: alexis.delaunay@onema.fr

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Onema participates in sturgeon releases to save the species

On 6 September, Irstea and its partners organised a release of young sturgeon at Castillon-la-Bataille, on the Dordogne river. The fish will be scientifically monitored to better understand their behaviour in the natural environment and to determine the best release conditions (age, location, etc.) in order to optimise future releases. Irstea in Bordeaux and Onema work together to restock the European sturgeon in the Gironde estuary. As part of the national plan to restock the European sturgeon, Onema supports R&D work to improve farming techniques, determine habitat preferences and find solutions to optimise their survival in the natural environment.
From June to September 2012, 700 000 sturgeon were released to the natural environment. The very size of this operation is a step toward restocking not only the Gironde estuary, but other rivers in western Europe as well.

Contact: philippe.baran@onema.fr

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A film to explain French water policy

What are the key dates for water policy in France? How has the policy evolved over the years? Who are the water stakeholders? How is water governance organised? How do the basin committees operate? And the Water agencies? What is an RBMP? Answers to all these questions are found in the 8-minute film that Onema produced for the World water forum. Starting with the three major water laws (1964, 1992, 2006), the film covers the history of water policy, its principles, issues and stakeholders, using clear maps and images. The purpose of the film is to assist the public in understanding how water governance is organised, with a focus on a few key topics such as how water policy is financed and how consumers and citizens can participate in water policy.

See the film

Contact: celine.piquier@onema.fr

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KMAE, an international journal on the rise

Thanks to an impact factor that has practically doubled in just a few years, the journal Knowledge and management of aquatic ecosystems (KMAE) is now widely recognised on the international scene. Two of the goals of the journal are to contribute to better knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and to evaluating the impact of human activities on aquatic environments. The journal, edited and distributed by EDP Sciences, with support from Onema since 2008, is read in over 170 countries. River dynamics and structure, river adaptation to climate change and the restoration of ecosystems are all topics covered by the journal which also addresses the social, economic and historical aspects. The journal is available free of cost (open access) and is intended for researchers wishing to remain abreast of the most recent progress in aquatic ecosystems around the world.

http://www.kmae-journal.org/

Contact: veronique.barre@onema.fr

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