On Thursday 27 May 2021 from 14:00 to 17:00 CET the Policy Learning Platform will host an on-line thematic workshop on the topic of 'Living rivers, a driver of sustainable regional development'.

By joining this event you will learn how to restore rivers and wetlands and their ecosystem services and discover how this may give rise to sustainable development opportunities based on the valorisation of the natural and cultural heritage of your region.

Why are rivers so important?

Here is what Marco Citelli, one of the Thematic Expert and host of the event thinks: 'There are multiple benefits to protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems and the natural functions of rivers as highlighted by the EU 3020 Biodiversity Strategy and the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change'. These benefits include:

  • Achieving the environmental objectives of the Water Framework Directive;
  • Improving climate resilience of cities and regions;
  • Boosting socio-economic activities such as sustainable tourism and recreation;

What is the event format?

In the course of an afternoon, we will propose three consecutive 45 minute sessions structured as follow:

  • Session I

Two leading EU-based organisations will introduce the policy scene by addressing the role of rivers for sustainable regional development and recovery.

  • Session II

You will have the opportunity to join an active debate around Interreg Europe good practices in two working groups, one on 'Ecosystem services and river restoration', one on 'Water-linked heritage and sustainable riverside tourism'.

  • Session III

You will discover the outcome of the discussion in the working groups and learn from the European Commission about EU funding for rivers and wetlands for the 2021-2027 programming period.

The draft event agenda is available here.

After the end of the on-line thematic workshop, starting at 17:00, our Thematic Experts Astrid Severin and Marco Citelli will be available for an online policy helpdesk. You can book a 10-minute slot with them to:

  • Receive information on the PLP services;
  • Request tailor-made policy support;
  • Discuss any policy challenge you might face.

What to expect from the event?

Insights into policies to protect and promote rivers as drivers for sustainable regional development, knowledge of common challenges faced by peer regions, identification of potential solutions, exchange with other participants, collaboration and networking with experts.

Registration is now open. A follow-up article will be published online shortly after the event.

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