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CONCLUSIONS
OF THE CONFERENCE ON GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT IN THE DANUBE RIVER BASIN AND OTHER LARGE RIVER BASINS

 1.        The IWA Regional Conference on Groundwater Management in the Danube River Basin and other Large River Basins was held in Belgrade from 7 to 9 June 2007.

2.         The Conference was held under the auspices of the Serbian Government (the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management/Directorate for Water and the Ministry of Science), the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as the following international organizations: the International Water Association (IWA), the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchments Area (IAWD), and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). UNESCO contributed through papers by its experts and the presence of its officials.

The Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources and the Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage Company played a leading role in the planning and organization of the Conference. They were supported by a large number of organizations, companies, and individuals.          

3.         The Conference was very successful.
More than 300 participants took part: approximately 200 were from Serbia, while the remainder came from some 20 other countries worldwide.

The complete version of the Final Conclusion in DOC format can be found here.

Also, you can find the pictures regarding the whole Conference in the Gallery.

7-9 JUNE 2007, BELGRADE, SERBIA
roundwater is an essential and vital resource for about a 75% of all Europeans and yet, for the majority of people groundwater is a hidden resource whose value is not well understood or appreciated. Not surprisingly, therefore, concerns about water quality focus primarily on surface waters (mostly lakes and rivers) and the less visible, but equally important, groundwater resources have received less public attention. Adoption of the Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC) marked the beginning of a new era in integrated water resource management within the European Union and posed new challenges for groundwater managers as well as for scientific circles.
Conference Aims

Conference Objectives:

  • Overview of the actual problems in groundwater management in the Danube river basin and other large river basins;
  • Summary of the available background information for supporting the preparation of river basin management plans according to WFD, specially in the Danube river basin;
  • Exchange of knowledge relating to transport and transformation of various substances in groundwater, and the protection of groundwater;
  • Room for discussion between various parties/stakeholders involved in groundwater issues;
  • Discussion on technical issues of the groundwater abstraction and groundwater quality management;
  • Methodological aspects for assessment of status of groundwater resources;
  • Socio-economic and legislative aspects.

The Conference should lend interactive support to the achievement of the Danube River Basin Management Plan (ICPDR), the gathering and joint work of water services in the Danube River Basin (IAWD), and the interaction between the IAWD and ICPDR.

Organized by:
JAROSLAV ČERNI INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
BELGRADE WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION OUBLIC COMPANY
and:
ASSOCIATION FOR WATER TECHNOLOGY AND SANITARY ENGINEERING
YUGOSLAV WATER POLLUTION CONTROL SOCIETY,
under the auspices of:
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATER SUPPLY COMPANIES IN THE DANUBE RIVER CATCHMENT AREA (IAWD)
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION OF THE DANUBE RIVER (ICPDR)

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