MARS Project

The aim of this e-Conference is to gather constructive and practical suggestions from the scientific community for the improved monitoring and management of waters across Europe and ideas for more effective implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), scheduled for review in 2019-20.

It is over 15 years since the EU WFD was formally adopted. Since then, Europe has changed. New pressures are recognised, including climate change and associated flood and drought risks, invasive species and a wide-range of emerging pollutants. At the same time new perspectives on environmental management have developed, including payment for ecosystem services, nature-based solutions and circular economies. Given these changes in pressures and policy landscapes, this e-Conference aims to gather scientific opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of current WFD implementation, innovation in monitoring and management and best practice in policy implementation. These opinions will be fed into the consultation process for the review of the WFD.

The eConference will have one key theme per day with four talks across morning and afternoon sessions:

  • Tuesday 19th: Monitoring & assessment systems – The good, the bad and the moderate
  • Wednesday 20th: Programmes of Measures – How do we best manage multiple stressors?
  • Thursday 21st: The Policy Mix – How to achieve better integration?

A number of keynote speakers involved in water resources science and river-basin management practice will address these themes during the meeting. The e-Conference format will include live plenary presentations followed by a panel discussion and open online submission of questions to the speakers and panellists. Following this, conference attendees will be invited to complete an online questionnaire on options of improvements in WFD implementation. Questions will address the talk topics.

Presentations will be recorded and will be available on the conference website for at least 1 year after the conference. A synthesis of the e-Conference will also be written up communicating questionnaire results and recommendations from the conference participants on the review of the WFD.

To register for the e-Conference please email Emma Brodie, quoting “MARS eConference” in the subject line.

You will then receive a registration email detailing how to join the eConference. Registration is free.