Report on the Water Framework Directive Implementation (WAFDI)
Conference – hosted jointly by IWA and Engineers Ireland, May 1-3, 2007,
A very successful 3-day International Conference on the EU Water Framework
Directive addressing Measures, Costs, Institutions, Communications and Decision
Support Systems took place at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, Ireland from 1st to 3rd
May 2007. The Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local
Government and Dublin City Council warmly welcomed the delegates and the
conference initiatives which were also enthusiastically supported by the European
Parliament, European Commission and a host of national Environment Agencies and
NGOs across Europe.
The challenging Conference Programme addressing the development and
implementation of effective and durable Programmes of Measures to tackle both
diffuse and point sources of pollution included an Opening Address from Mrs. Avril
Doyle, MEP and Keynote Papers from Mr. Paul Reiter, IWA (Measures), Mr. Kevin
Andrews, DEFRA (Costs), Prof. Geoffrey Gooch, Jean Monet Chair EU
(Institutions), Mr. Helmut Bloech, EU Commission (Communications) and Dr. Ken
Irvine, TCD (Decision Support Systems).
There were 35 speakers from 13 countries over the course of the three days with a
maximum attendance of 185 delegates. The Conference format via the talking wall,
exhibit area and layout was designed to provide for enhanced interaction and to
maximise delegate participation. The lunch-time sponsored talks on Agriculture,
Industry and Municipalities were well received and the summaries, continuity and
professional facilitation for delegates provided by Dr. Harriet Emerson proved to be a
resounding success. The national media coverage by RTE and the opening address to
the panel discussion by the renowned environmental programme maker Mr. Duncan
Stewart were also key elements in raising the WFD profile in Ireland.
One of the key outcomes of the Conference was the agreement by Engineers Ireland
to re-establish and host an IWA Governing Body in Ireland. In addition delegates
benefited enormously from the comparative aspects of WFD implementation across
the EU and from the discussions and proposals on a more joined up and holistic
approach to water resource management.
The Proceedings of the Conference are available at www.wfdimplementation.eu and
preparation of a publication of selected papers is progressing well.
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