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7 March 2017


Registration at Hotel Perla, Nova Gorica


Opening session: welcome & introduction
• Mr Peter Suhadolnik (Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia, conference host)
• Mr Marko Tribušon (Deputy Mayor of Nova Gorica)
• Mr Igor Plestenjak (Director of the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia)
• Ms Anabel Sánchez (CREAF, coordinator of the BeWater project)


Plenary session theme 1: Adaptation of river basin management to global change
Chair: Prof Dr Maria Mañez
• Dr Ad Jeuken – Adaptation to Climate Change in Flood Risk Management in the Netherlands
• Dr Andreja Sušnik - DMCSEE framework for integrated drought management : DriDanube project
• Dr Christos Zografos - Adaptation policy challenges: moving from incremental to transformational adaptation
• Dr Sebastian Vicuña - Institutionalizing adaptation for management of the Maipo River basin in Chile: Opportunities and impediments

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

Plenary session theme 2: Science and society interactions in water management
Chair: Prof Dr Maria Mañez
• Keynote: Dr Oriana Romano - Water Governance in cities: people, policies and places
• Ms Anabel Sánchez - Citizen participation at work: Experiences from the BeWater project
• Dr Filipe Alves - Participatory Action-research and the use of citizen science in promoting effective climate adaptations actions
• Dr. Marc Parés - Citizen participation on adaptive river basin planning and management
• Mr Clément Magos - Youth River Parliaments – From sensitization to action

12:25-12:30 Introduction to Lightning Talks
12.30-14.00 Lunch

Interactive parallel sessions: Lightning Talks
Lead facilitators: Dr. Steven Libbrecht and Mr. Martin Watson

• Lightning Talks: Best practices for designing adaptive management strategies
• Lightning Talks: Policy considerations for participatory river basin management
• Adapting to climate change in Slovenia (in Slovenian language)

16.15-16.45 Coffee break

Plenary: Key messages from parallel sessions & discussion:
Facilitator: Dr Steven Libbrecht

Panel discussion
• Mr David Bratož
• Dr Roser Maneja
• Prof. Dr Maria Mañez (tbc)
• Dr Oriana Romano
• Ms Anabel Sánchez


Closing words:
• Ms Anabel Sánchez
• Mr Peter Suhadolnik

20.00 Conference dinner at Perla Casino & Hotel

8 March 2017

Field trip to the Vipava river basin.

The field trip starts at 09h00. Return to Perla Casino & Hotel at Nova Gorica is expected at 18h00.


Gathering and departure with bus from Hotel Perla in Nova Gorica


Arriving to town Vipava

• Spring of the Vipava River
• Walking tour of Vipava city centre with the possibility of visiting the Lanthieri mansion (host: Jože Papež, municipality of Vipava)


Arriving to town Ajdovščina

• Spring of the Hubelj River (host: IzVRS or Institute for Nature Conservation of RS)
• Ultraviolet Water Purification Plant at the spring (host: KSDA d.o.o. – public utility service)
• Hydrotechnical works on the confluence of the rivers Hubelj and Lokavšček (host: Sašo Šantl – IzVRS)


Arriving to town Vipavski Križ
• View of the Vipava valley – landscape, shelterbelts, etc. (host: IzVRS)


Arriving to town Velike Žablje
Walking/driving tour near the Vipava River focusing on areas with conservation status (host: Institute for Nature Conservation of RS

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Arriving to Vogršček water reservoir
• Presentation by Slovenian Water Agency, operator – Hidrotehnik d.d. and agriculture sector – Farmland and Forest Fund of the Republic of Slovenia or Kmetijstvo Vipava d.d.


Arriving in Miren
• View of implemented measures for increasing flood risk protection (host: Slovenian Water Agency)


Arriving in Vrtojba

• Visit of the central waste water treatment plant in Vrtojba (host: Vodovodi in kanalizacija Nova Gorica d.d.)

18.00 Return to Hotel Perla in Nova Gorica