Nordic Water Framework Directive Conference

Implementation of the Programmes of Measures in surface and groundwater – successes and difficulties in the Nordic countries.

About the conference

Welcome to a two-day Nordic meeting and seminar in Gothenburg, Sweden, with varying themes for the implementation of the EU:s water framework directive, WFD.

The specific purpose of this conference is to exchange knowledge and experience regarding difficulties and opportunities in implementing measures within the framework of the WFD.

Practical information

When

25 - 26 September 2024

Where

At hotel Riverton, Gothenburg.

Participants

  • Day 1 is open for all stakeholders that are involved with the implementation of the WFD and open for web-link participation
  • Day 2 and the Working Groups are intended for specialists working directly with implementing the Water Framework Directives in the Nordic Countries and not open for web-link participation

Accomondations

For the conference, 100 rooms have been pre-booked at the Hotel Riverton for a discounted price of 1 880 SEK per room per night for the 24th of September and 2 020 SEK for the 25th under the code 614553.

The pre-booked rooms are only available until 20th of August. Contact Hotel Riverton’s reservations department between 08.00-17.00 on weekdays by phone +46 31 750 10 45 or e-mail reservations@riverton.se and use the code 614553 for booking.

Location of the Hotel Riverton

The address to Hotel Riverton is Stora Badhusgatan 26, Gothenburg. From Gothenburg's C, it is 15-20 min walking distance to Hotel Riverto, see dotted line for the easiest way to walk. From Gothenburg C, it is also possible to take Tram/spårvagn 9 (every 6 minutes) that stops at «Stenpiren» which is about 5 min walk from the hotel. Those of you flying to Gothenburg (Landvetter) can take the airport bus directly to Gothenburg C (Nils Ericsson terminal).

Agenda

Introduction and National overviews

Day 1 - morning

Time

Subject

08:30

Registration

09:15

Opening of the Conference

Anna Ledin, Director General of Swedish Agency for Marine and water management


Presentation and policy update from the European Commission

  • European Commission (30 min)

10:00 - 10:30

Coffeebreak

10:30

National overview of the WFD-progress in the Nordic countries

Presented by ministry, agency or corresponding representatives, 20 minutes/country

  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Sweden



Questions and discussion (30 minutes)


12:30 - 13:30

LUNCH and networking

Implementation of measures – successes and difficulties

Day 1 - afternoon

Time

Subject

13:30

Hydromorphological measures

 

3 – 5 Presentations from the Nordic countries that for example relates to :

  • physical and flow restoration
  • nature-based climate adaptation
  • national plans and strategies for restoration
  • financing
  • specific case studies
  • HMWB and exemptions
  • succeses and encountered difficulties

Titles to be announced.

14:30 - 15:00

Coffeebreak

15:00

Eutrophication measures

 

3 – 5 Presentations from the Nordic countries that for example relates to:

  • agriculture and waste water
  • forrestry
  • nature-based climate adaptation
  • national plans and strategies for restoration
  • financing
  • specific case studies
  • HMWB and exemptions
  • succeses and encountered difficulties

Titles to be announced.

16:00 - 16:30

Coffeebreak

16:30

Environmentally hazardous substances (existing and previous industry, groundwater)

 

3 – 5 Presentations from the Nordic countries that for example relates to:

  • existing and previous industry
  • groundwater nature-based climate adaptation
  • national plans and strategies for restoration
  • financing
  • specific case studies
  • HMWB and exemptions
  • succeses and encountered difficulties

 

Titles to be announced.

17:30 - 18:00

Working Groups icebreaker and introduction of next day’s work – With refreshments.

19:00

Conference dinner at Hotel Riverton

Discussion in Working Groups

List of suggested topics/issues to discuss under each WG (where applicable):

  • Prioritization of measures, cathment and pressure aspects
  • Financing of measures
  • Consideration of HMWB and exemptions in regards to measures
  • Measures in relation to public participation
  • Monitoring and reporting of measures

 

Day 2 - morning and afternoon

Time

Subject

09:15

WG1 - Hydromorphology (Lead country – Norway and Iceland)

  • Measures, physical and flow restoration, nature-based climate adaptation, HMWB and exemptions.
  • Lead country out-line specific agenda together with contact person from each country for the WG (to be announced)

 

WG2 - Eutrophication (Lead country – Sweden)

  • Measures, agriculture and waste water, groundwater, HMWB and exemptions)
  • Lead country out-line specific agenda together with contact person from each country for the WG (to be announced)

 

WG3 - Environmentally hazardous substances in surface and groundwater (Lead country – Denmark)

  • Measures, existing and previous industry, groundwater, exemptions)
  • Lead country out-line specific agenda together with contact person from each country for the WG (to be announced)

 

WG4 - New methods/technology (Lead country – Finland )

  • Monitoring and classification, information management.
  • Lead countries out-line specific agenda together with contact person from each country for the WG (to be announced)

 

Coffee on the run

 

12:30

Lunch

13:15

Continued discussions in Working Groups 1 - 4

  • WG1 - Hydromorphology (Lead country – Norway and Iceland)
  • WG2 - Eutrophication (Lead country – Sweden)
  • WG3 - Environmentally hazardous substances in surface and groundwater (Lead country – Denmark)
  • WG4 - New methods/technology (Lead country – Finland)

14:45

Short presentations from the Working Groups in plenary (by Lead)

 

Coffee on the run

 

Wrap up by the organisation committé


16:00

End of meeting and goodbye


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Program committee

  • Turo Hjerppe, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Sari Vaisanen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Vincent Westberg, Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Env., Finland
  • Anders Iversen, Norwegian Environment Agency, Norway
  • Helga Gunnarsdottir, Norwegian Environment Agency, Norway
  • Hege Sangolt, Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Kirsten Vielwerth, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Denmark
  • Marianne Jensdóttir Fjeld, , Environmental Agency Iceland
  • Aðalbjörg Birna Guttormsdóttir, , Environmental Agency Iceland
  • Jenny McCarthy, Geological Survey of Sweden
  • Niklas Holmgren, The Water Authority of the South Baltic Sea Water District, Sweden
  • Anneli Harlén, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Sweden
  • Jonas Svensson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Sweden
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Published: 2024-05-27
Updated: 2024-06-03