The 23rd Economic and Environmental Forum of the OSCE was held in Prague (Czech Republic) on 14-16 September 2015. During the event, within the "Water governance in the OSCE area - increasing security and stability through co-operation" Concluding Meeting, the General Coordinator of MENBO was invited to present the recently approved Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean.
The "9TH WORLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF BASIN ORGANIZATIONS" took place from 12 to 16 August 2013, at the Marina Park Hotel in Fortaleza - Cear√° - Brazil. MENBO celebrated its Liaison Bureau meeting on the occasion of this important event.
More information and related documents on http://www.inbo-news.org
The MENBO Liaison Bureau took place 16th of October in Istanbul (Turkey) on the occasion of the EURO-INBO Conference on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
A results summary, participant list, presentation on the network activities and the dossier for participants can be downloaded here.
All information about the EURO-INBO Conference can be found on the INBO website.
The workshop ‚ÄúTools to support and improve the Integrated Water Resources Management: STRATEAU and AQUATOOL. A Mediterranean Perspective‚ÄĚ organised by the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations and the Technical University of Valencia in collaboration with the Water Embassy and the kind contribution of the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean took place the 20th of September 2012 in the premises of the Technical University of Valencia (Spain).
This event brought together more than 50 experts from the Mediterranean region, amongst them water managers, professors, researchers, students, representatives of water user organisations, private companies and other stakeholders. This workshop was focused mainly on the applicability of two tools that support the integrated water resources management: AQUATOOL and STRATEAU, developed respectively by the Technical University of Valencia (Spain) and the Water Embassy (France).
In a first place technical overviews on both tools and demonstrations of their practical application have been given. In the following the workshop was organised in three round tables on:
1 ‚Äď Perspectives and application of the tools in River Basin Organisations
2 ‚Äď Integrated water resources management in education: STRATEAU and AQUATOOL as examples
3 ‚Äď Integrated water management tools in the Mediterranean.
Please find here below all presentations given on the occasion of the Workshop on ‚ÄúTools to support and improve the Integrated Water Resources Management: STRATEAU and AQUATOOL. A Mediterranean Perspective‚ÄĚ, celebrated the 20th of September 2012 in Valencia (Spain).
TECHNICAL OVERVIEW OF STRATEAU AND APPLICATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF STRATEAU
Mr. Florent Guibert, Artois Picardie Water Agency and STRATEAU expert (France), presentation
TECHNICAL OVERVIEW OF AQUATOOL
Prof. Joaqu√≠n Andreu, Prof. Abel Solera and Prof. Javier Paredes, UPV (Spain), presentation
APPLICATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF AQUATOOL
PERSPECTIVES AND APPLICATION OF THE TOOLS IN RIVER BASIN ORGANISATIONS
Dr. Teodoro Estrela, Head of the Hydrological Planning Office J√ļcar RBA (Spain) and Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO, presentation
Dr. Rui Jose Rodrigues, Deputy Water Director of the Portuguese Environmental Agency (Portugal), presentation
Mr. √Āngel Garc√≠a Cant√≥n, Head Hydrological Planning and Studies Department of the Center for Studies and Experimentation on Public Works (CEDEX) (Spain), presentation
Dr. Bruno Ballesteros, Head of the Valencian regional department of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME) (Spain), presentation
IWRM IN EDUCATION: STRATEAU AND AQUATOOL AS EXAMPLES
Ms. Jeannette Pretot, President of the Water Embassy (France), website
Prof. Luis Garrote, Technical University of Madrid (Spain), presentation
Mr. David Haro Monteagudo, Student UPV (Spain), presentation
IWRM TOOLS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Mr. Miguel √Āngel R√≥denas Ca√Īada, President of the Segura RBA (Spain), presentation and additional background information
Dr. Milagros Couchoud, President of Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), presentation
Dr. Javier Ferrer, J√ļcar RBA (Spain), presentation
Mr. Hachmi Kennou, Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), website
MENBO's 9th General Assembly and the annual EURO-INBO Conference took place 27-30 of September 2011 in Porto (Portugal) on the invitation of the Administra√ß√£o da Regi√£o Hidrogr√°fica do Norte (Porto, Portugal). A Liaison Bureau Meeting of MENBO was celebrated 27 September at 15:30.
From 28-30 September more than 200 delegates coming from 42 countries, representatives of governmental administrations in charge of water management, of Basin Organisations, already existing or being created, of interested bi and multilateral cooperation agencies, as well as many observatory organisations, met in Porto (Portugal) on the occasion of the 9th General Assembly of the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations and the 9th International EURO-INBO Conference on the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive.¬†
Mr. Ant√≥nio Guerreiro de Brito, President of the ARHNorte (Administra√ß√£o da Regi√£o Hidrogr√°fica do Norte) in Portugal, was elected new President of MENBO. The General Assembly expressed it's high gratitude to Mr. Fadi Comair, General Director for Water and Energy and Electricity Resources (Lebanon), MENBO President 2009-2011, for his successful Presidency of the network.
Javier Ferrer, Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO, and Ant√≥nio Brito, new President of MENBO (left)
Ant√≥nio Brito, new President of MENBO, and Fadi Comair, MENBO President 2009-2011 (right)
The General Assembly approved the Arno River Basin Authority (Italy) and the ARH Norte (Portugal) as new members and the Land Research Centre (Palestine) as observer of the network.
On 27th of September MENBO celebrated a Liaison Bureau meeting. The presentations given on the occasion of MENBO‚Äôs General Assembly, the Liaison Bureau and additional information on MENBO can be downloaded here:
On the occasion of MENBO's General Assembly some of our network partners got the chance to present their networks and collaboration with MENBO. Additionally a presentation on the MELIA project and MENBO's role in the project was given. You can find the presentations here:¬†
In five roundtables the Conference treated the following topics:
1 - Water and energy ‚Äď the dilemmas, costs and benefits.
2 - Experiences on the implementation of the WFD in non-EU countries.
3 - Water governance in transboundary scenarios: Strategic cooperation and twinning among water authorities.
4 - Adapt to long term challenges linked to climate change and prevent extreme phenomena.
5 - Develop new knowledge and know-how on rivers hydro-morphology, restoration and protection of water ecosystems.
Additionally the Conference will served as a preparation meeting for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in March 2012.
Download here the Final Programme of the event.
Mr. Juan Jos√© Moragues, Vice-President of MENBO and Mr. Javier Ferrer, Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO, participated in the 8th EURO-INBO Conference that took place 22-24 of September in Meg√®ve (France). This event was organised by the "Group of European Basin Organizations for the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive" within the International Congress on Water in Mountains at the invitation of the French Water Agencies.
More information, documents and photos can be downloaded here.
On the occasion of the celebration of the XII National Congress of Irrigators Communities, celebrated in Tarragona on 10-14 May, our Network organised a MENBO special experts meeting on the 12th May 2010, from 15:00 to 18:00.
In this meeting, the topics included in the MENBO action plan proposal, elaborated by Dr. Fadi Comair‚Äôs presidency (including aspects related to Water Users Associations and tools for the analysis of hydrological systems) have been discussed.