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Danube River Basin Stakeholder Conference

28-29 June 2005, Budapest



About this event

Danube Day 2005

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

 

On occasion of Danube Day 2005, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) invites stakeholders from all riparian countries to participate in the first basin-wide stakeholder conference, which will be held in Budapest, as Hungary is the currently presiding country of the Commission.

Foto: Miklos Keresztes

In the context of efforts to promote the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the entire Danube basin, the ICPDR, in its role as co-ordinator, has during the past years put a special emphasis on the promotion of public participation on a basin-wide scale according to the approach stipulated in article 14 of the Directive and detailed in the EU CIS Horizontal Guidance Document on Public Participation.

The stakeholder conference is part of an on-going process, following the 'Danube River Basin Strategy for Public Participation in RBM Planning' and the 'Operational Plan for Public Participation Activities on the basin-wide level'. Among the preceding activities carried out by ICPDR in implementing these strategies, a stakeholder analysis workshop lead to the identification of relevant stakeholder groups on a Danube-wide scale as future addressees and partners for information, consultation and active involvement in the context of WFD implementation.

The conference aims to bring these stakeholder groups together and serve as a stepping stone for future participatory initiatives. Specifically, the following issues are to be addressed in the context of the conference:

  • ICPDR Programme of Action and current initiatives in the basin,
  • ICPDR's current approach to public participation; with a special view to granting an observer status to stakeholder groups,
  • Exchange on the 2004 Roof Report for the Danube basin, elicitation of feedback from stakeholders with respect to the status analysis in view of the programme of measures to be developed by 2005,
  • ICPDR 'Action Programme on Sustainable Flood Protection'.

 


 

On behalf of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (IPCDR) and the Danube Day, this conference is organised by Ecologic in co-operation with the Global Water Patnership Hungary Foundation. Generous support from the European Commission , UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project and the Regional Environmental Center makes this event possible.


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