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Spanish Meeting Reveals Good Practices – Burgos, Spain 20-21 January 2011.

Project partners gathered in Burgos (Spain) in January 2011 where a series of workshops were arranged to home in on the good practices that we will finally include in our policy recommendations at the end of the project in 2012.

The 1st Governance group recommended:

• Establishing firm links to EU initiatives such as INE / Platina and policy areas like Europe 2020
• Encouraging involvement in influencing the 2013 to 2020 EU funding preparations & discussions.
• Developing indicators and measures of outputs /outcomes for projects eg. economic impacts in assessing waterway developments
• Ongoing co-operation between WF partners e.g. Scandinavia / Scotland, where climate change might open up new opportunities for waterways.

The 2nd Governance Workshop looked at management structures and heard from French Waterways, VNF about the complex issues involved in the recent decentralisation of waterways in France.  Key management actions identified in the groups were:

• To identify tasks required for waterway management and development and which stakeholders are best placed to deliver these.
• To determine delivery mechanisms – who does what? What types of structures / legal frameworks can best deliver services required?
• To develop a framework for delivery eg. Through waterway strategies / action plans agreed by both territorial and user stakeholders.

16 Good Practices emerged from the Environment & Climate Change workshops.
The broad categories were:
EU Legislation – Implementation of the Water Framework Directive, Habitats Directive and Natura 2000: Tourism & management strategies; Stakeholder involvement & the need for a ‘consensus approach’
Climate Change – Flood and drought protection management; Eutrophication & water pollution prevention; remote climate control systems & buffer areas
Environment – Invasive species; Multi-functional use and the co-existence between increasing numbers of boats and protection of waterway ecology; Dredging .

To view a selection of Waterways Forward good practices – click here

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