Online midterm event: 11 march 2021

Don’t throw the baby out with the drained water! Ecosystem-based Adaptation to store water in the landscape

Where to implement Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures in the landscape? How do these measures impact raw water infiltration and retention in the landscape as well as other ecosystem services? If we want to upscale the implementation of EbA measures how can we effectively collaborate to come to a long-term vision for the different regions? 

In the Interreg 2 Seas project PROWATER we contribute to climate change adaptation by restoring the water storage of the landscape via Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures. Together we would like to reflect on the progress made as well as engage with you on these topics. We will also virtually visit different demonstration sites in the United Kingdom, Flanders and the Netherlands, where project partners are putting the theory to practice by implementing EbA measures in the landscape. 
 

Programme

10.30 – 10.40    Introduction
Sarah De Schamphelaere (Vlaamse Overheid – Departement Omgeving)

10.40 – 11.40    Keynote on the PROWATER spatial prioritisation tool for Ecosystem-based Adaptation, not just another software plug-in + Q&A
Dr. Jan Staes (University of Antwerp)  

11.45 – 12.30    Pitch talks on the results in the demonstration sites for Ecosystem-based Adaptation + Q&A
> Demonstration sites for temporal natural water retention: wetlands
> Demonstration sites for permanent natural water retention: wetlands
> Demonstration sites for permanent natural water retention: river restoration

12.30 – 13.30    Lunch break 

13.30 – 14.40    Key note on collaborative long-term vision building for the implementation of Ecosystem-based Adaptation + Q&A
Dr. Nick Paling (Westcountry Rivers Trust)

14.40 – 15.25    Pitch talks on the results in the demonstration sites for Ecosystem-based Adaptation + Q&A
> Demonstration sites for temporal natural water retention: wetlands: wetlands
> Demonstration sites for infiltration restoration through forest conversion
> Demonstration sites for infiltration restoration through the remediation of soil compaction 

15.25 – 15h30    Closing statement 

Practical agreements

  • Given the international character of this event, the lectures will be in English.
  • Thursday 11 March 2021, 10.30 to 15.30 CET
  • Online, via Teams. People who subscribe will receive a link a few days before the Midterm Event.
  • Closing date for registration: Monday 8 March 2021. If you want to participate after this date, please send an e-mail to anke.haex@vlaanderen.be.
     

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