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Czech-Norwegian workshop on water resources policy and management (Prague, 22-24 October, 2014)  
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Objectives & Programme

The workshop will be a noteworthy first opportunity to gather experts on  water resources from the partner organizations and facilitate their  cooperation on future research on the following themes: Review and assessment of river basin and watershed  management strategies and approaches in Europe with a  particular emphasis in selected cases of the Czech Republic and  Norway. Identification of opportunities for improvement towards a more  effective river basin and watershed management in the Czech  Republic based on successful practices in Norway. In this  context will be considered possibilities to improve quality of  drinking water reservoirs and others water resources for  recreational purposes by means of innovative approaches. An overview of the development and the current state of  implementation of the European Water Framework Directive  (hereinafter referred to as “WFD”) in river basins and watersheds  with a special focus in the river basins that are international and  cross administrative and territorial borders, such as Elba river  basin in the Czech Republic and Klarälven river basin in Norway.  Analysis of the economic aspects in the implementation of WFD  and their importance in the definition of exemptions when setting  up criteria to assess disproportionate costs. The exemptions of  the EU WFD relate to issues of natural condition, technical  infeasibility and disproportionate costs. Methods and approaches to estimate costs of measures to clean  water within the WFD and to estimate increased value of raised  ecological status in water bodies. Identify, assess and discuss special considerations in  implementing the WFD in major cities in the Czech Republic and  in Norway.   Assessment of how far and by which means participation during  the implementation of the WFD can contribute to developing  more adaptive approaches to water management by fostering  social learning. The analysis of synergies and conflicts among climate, energy,  water, and environmental policies which in turn create additional  challenges for governments to develop integrated policies to  deliver multiple benefits on sustainable water management.
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