Natural ecosystems are strongly dependent of the presence of adequate amounts of proper water quality. The ecological services that come from the natural dynamics of hydric systems promote the physical, biological and chemistry processes that generate sustain and guarantee most forms of life. Also human beings depend directly on these water ecological services. Due to its key role for biodiversity sustainability, it is of upmost importance to monitor, manage and restore aquatic ecosystems. It is crucial to increase the efforts to value the ecological role of aquatic ecosystems and environmental services as they are related to water. In this session the topics of managing and restoring ecosystems for water services and biodiversity, water and land use, ensuring water quality from ridge to reef, and natural and engineered hydrological systems in Europe will be discussed. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective of these topics will be provided, including public policy, technology, economic, environmental, and social components. The diagnosis reported in the Europe report will be discussed. Issues such as relevance, perception, level of engagement and performance and examples of good case studies will be addressed. The outcomes from the session will be key lessons, messages and recommendations to enrich the report and to disseminate around the world.
"International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (tbc)
Peter Gammeltof & Ivan Zavadsky