News & events
NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE DANUBE COMMISSION
Russian Federation Ambassador Igor Savolskij was elected President of the Danube Commission at the 70th Session of the Commission, held in Budapest, Hungary, on May 21. Ernö Keskeny of Hungary was elected Vice-President and Dmitrij Tkatch of Ukraine was elected Secretary. All three will serve three-year terms in office. The Danube Commission, representing Member States from 11 countries, was established to ensure adequate conditions for shipping on the Danube.
For more information, please visit: http://www.danubecommission.org
CONTINUING THE WORK OF THE STABILITY PACT
The Secretariat for the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe closed its doors on June 30, 2008. The responsibility for promoting regional cooperation has been assumed by the Regional Cooperation Council. The Stability Pact launched in 1999 and throughout its existence has overseen progress on projects ranging from rebuilding infrastructure to fighting organised crime and corruption. The achievements of the organisation are seen as a symbol of a more confident and mature South Eastern Europe.
For more information, please visit: www.rcc.int
STRENGTHENING TIES BETWEEN THE ICPDR AND THE ISRBC
The ICPDR and the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Belgrade in June 2008. The main aim of the memorandum is to provide a framework for enhancing cooperation and coordination between the organisations and ensuring there is no duplication in their activities. They intend to strengthen their cooperation by undertaking joint projects of mutual interest and fundraising for projects to plan and implement together.
For more information, please visit: www.savacommission.org
EU WATER POLLUTANT LIST READIED FOR LAUNCH
The EU has settled the text of new legislation setting water quality standards for a series of priority pollutants under the EU water Framework Directive (WFD). The European commission hailed the priority list as the ‘final major piece’ in the jigsaw of supporting legislation for the WFD. The new law sets an earlier review date – 2018 rather than 2025 – by which the commission must assess whether EU legislation is achieving the phase-out goal for the priority hazardous substances.
Please visit: www.europarl.europa.eu/default.htm
1-4/9/2008, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
11Th INTERNATIONAL RIVERSYMPOSIUM
The global future of rivers is threatened by too little or too much water. The International Riversymposium will explore the challenges associated with the increased incidence of flooding and drought expected with climate change. The ICPDR will be present at this large symposium with three presentations and thereby represent the International Thiessprize winner 2007.
For more information, please visit: www.riversymposium.com
29/10-2/11/2008, CHISINAU, MOLDOVA
37TH IAD CONFERENCE:
THE DANUBE RIVER BASIN IN A ChANGING WORLD
Although great work has been carried out in the Danube River Basin since the signing of the Danube River Protection Convention, the Lower Danube is still suffering from the effects of pollution. The 37th IAD Conference aims to support the implementation of integrated transboundary and sustainable management in the basin. This conference aims to look at topics as diverse as floodplans, biodiversity, connectivity and ecohydrology to human impact on fish migration.
For more information, please visit: www.iad.gs
LIFE ON THE FARM: SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
AGRICULTURE IN EUROPE
This LIFE-Focus brochure covers a range of innovative agriculture-related projects co-financed by the LIFE programme. They include sustainable agriculture projects active in the fields of water and soil protection, biodiversity and waste, EMAS and Life Cycle Assessment, as well as the processing of agricultural products. The case studies selected also emphasize the value of exchange of knowledge and best practices.
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NEW HEAD OF CZECH DELEGATION
Veronika Jaglova is the newly nominated Head of Czech Delegation to the ICPDR. Ms Jaglova is following Jan Hodovsky as the new Director of the Water Protection Department in the Ministry of Environment. The ICPDR warmly welcomes Ms Jaglova and wishes Mr Hodovsky all the best for his professional and private future!