18.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Sustainable Integrated Management of International River Corridors in SEE countries

©A.Mohl - Vjosa

The second transnational workshop of the EU co-funded project ‘Sustainable Integrated Management of International River Corridors in South East Europe’ (SEE River project) is being held in Pecs and Budapest, Hungary from 18-20 June 2013. The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and culture in Europe, Venice (Italy) is affiliated to project as observer partner.

The main objective of the SEE River project is to reach a common agreement on river corridor management for harmonisation of both development and conservation interests. This will be achieved thanks to a close cooperation of experts from a wide range of fields and from different countries, and to the active involvement of stakeholders from local river areas and national or regional authorities. The project is introducing a new approach to river and land management by focusing on the river corridor as the selected, local river area where most pressures occur.

Project activities and findings will result in the SEE River Toolkit, a generally applicable and innovative model and guidance on how to reach future sustainable use of river corridors by taking into account and harmonizing different stakeholder interests. To develop and implement the toolkit, project research, field work and active involvement of stakeholders will be performed in corridors of 6 SEE rivers: Drava, Bodrog, Neretva, Prut, Soča and Vjosa. The project - which started in October 2012 - will last until September 2014.

The SEE River project held its first Transnational Workshop of project partners in Đurđevac, Croatia, from 29-31 January 2013. 50 participants from 11 countries gathered to discuss integrative management of river corridors in South East Europe. The workshop enabled partners to actively discuss concrete problems and plan further actions on collective development of the draft manual for integrated sustainable management of river corridors – the SEE River Toolkit – as well as gave focus to common planning of implementing the SEE River methodology in pilot areas of the river.

The aim of this second Transnational Workshop is to review the progress of the project and to discuss the achieved results; to review what was done on the pilot areas of the Drava river and to discuss the joint activities on the international Drava River corridor identified in the framework of the first Workshop; to review and discuss the work done so far on the 6 rivers; to discuss the lessons learned and experienced gained in the project to plan future work and the development of the SEE River Toolkit; and, to visit the pilot area of the Drava River in Hungary and get acquainted with the challenges addressed by the pilot action as basis for joint work on the international Drava river corridor.

Project website: http://www.see-river.net

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