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“Water Science meets Policy” Event

Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)
29- 30th September 2011 – Brussels

       Onema and the EC Directorate-General for Research & Innovation have the pleasure of organizing the next Water Science Meets Policy event entitled “Can the concept of ecosystem services help the implementation of the WFD?”

The registrations are closed

Though not explicitly mentioned in the Water Framework Directive (WFD), ecosystem services appear as a promising concept to help its implementation. The concept is based upon the assumption that there is a connexion between good ecological status and the realisation of several benefits, such as water supply, food, biodiversity, landscape value etc, which we are beginning to collectively call ‘ecosystem services’. This raises many questions on several levels, such as:

  1. How much do we understand (and need to understand) ecosystem functioning and its links with both ecological status ( WFD) and ecosystem services?
  2. How can we identify the most appropriate methods to value ecological services derived from a more integrated understanding of the linkage between land and water, based either on technical, economic or other social values involved?
  3. Can we use the ecosystem services concept as a pedagogic approach to demonstrate the interdependence of nature and human society therefore helping stakeholders to apprehend their interdependence with nature?

This event aims to explore how the ecosystem services approach can help the WFD and boost political levers for its implementation. It will spread over 1.5 days and bring together a range of speakers and experts that will present to you not only the latest thinking on the subject but allow you to examine a series of case studies where this methodology has been put to the test. The discussions will be recorded with the aim of producing a detailed report, identifying potential socio-economic tools for WFD implementation and highlighting knowledge gaps.

    More information on the event

LOCATION:       The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Academy Palace - Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussel
START:            13:30 - 29th Sept / FINISH             17:00 - 30th Sept

    If you are interested in this  event please contact : Marie-Perrine Durot ; Nirmala.Seon-Massin

  This event is organized by Onema and the EC Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, within the framework of Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)
  It is"Forum mondial de l'eau" approved. The aims of the Water Science Meets Policy event are in relation with Priority for Action 2.4: "Promote green growth and value ecosystem services" and the Condition for Success CS3: Enabling Environments