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21st EURO-INBO International Conference


October 16, 2023



The 2023 Europe-INBO International Conference was held in Valencia, Spain, from 16th to 19th October at the invitation of the Júcar River Basin Authority (CHJ), and in partnership with :

The Conference was held at the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum in the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, Spain. It gathered 150 participants, from 24 countries, including representatives from EU Member States, national and regional water directorates and administrations, hydrographic district authorities and basin organizations and more broadly stakeholders involved in basin management and in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), its “daughter Directives” and other related policies, directives and regulations.

It is to be highlighted that this 21st meeting commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Euro-INBO Group. Since the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations (MENBO) also celebrated its 20th anniversary and the statutory sessions of its General Assembly, basin management actors from both shores of the Mediterranean Sea were also invited to take part in the exchanges between practitioners of the management of the water resources of lakes, rivers and aquifers.

The Programme of this Conference was made up of several working sessions that addressed the following topics:

  1. Water and Agriculture: control of diffused pollution.
  2. New challenges for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in relation to other European water directives.
  3. Adaptation to climate change: Integrating reuse to face droughts and water scarcity.
  4. The role of the different actors involved in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
  5. International and transboundary cooperation.

Alongside these topics, an opening session on water governance in Spain, a Workshop on river management in the context of climate change, and a specific session on Innovative Water Governance, were held on 18th October.