08:30   Registration and coffee

09:00   Opening of the conference

  • Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, The minister of Environment, Energy and Climate 

WFD Progress in general

09:15   Presentation from the European Commission

  • Mrs. Bettina Doeser – Head of Sustainable Freshwater Management, Directorate General Environment, EU

09:45   National Overview of the WFD- Progress in the Nordic countries

  • Iceland – Sigrún Ágústsdóttir, Director of The Environment Agency of Iceland
  • Norway – Tor Simon Pedersen, Senior adviser, The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
  • Sweden – Signhild Nerheim, Head of unit, Water Management at Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and Johan Kling, Head of section, Water Resources Management
  • Finland – Turo Hjerppe, Senior specialist at the Ministry of Environment 
  • Denmark – Nanna Granlie Vossen, Freshwater biologist at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency

11:30   Lunch Break

Water governance and sector integration

12:30    Experiences and lessons learned from the first Swedish DMP – drought management plan. Irene Bohman – Director in the South Baltic water district authority

12:50   Collaborative water management across England – An overview of the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) Damian Crilly – Manager at the Strategic Catchment Partnerships at the Environment Agency of United Kingdom and Dr. Rob Collins – Director of Policy and Science at the Rivers Trust and Chair of the CaBA National Support Group

13:10   Legal implications of the WFD
Kirsten Vielwerth – Policy advisor at the Ministry of the Environment of Denmark

13:30   Q & A panel (Irene, Damian & Dr. Rob and Kirsten)

13:45   Break

14:00   Water Governance: an OECD perspective
Oriana Romano – Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy of OECD. Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division. Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

14:20   Setting WFD objectives in N2000 sites
Ann-Karin Thorén – Senior Analyst at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

14:40   LIFE IP Rich Waters: Creating momentum for implementation of the WFD in Sweden
Rosita Ericsson – Communication officer at Life IP Rich Waters

15:00   Q & A panel

15:15   Break

Outputs from research projects and new technologies

15:30   The MERLIN project for mainstreaming river and wetland restoration in Europe
Dr. Sebastian Birk – Scientist and coordinator of Merlin restoration project

15:50   Securing biodiversity, functional integrity & ecosystem services in DRYing rivER networks (DRYvER)
Thibault Datry – works at the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) –
Department of Waters

16:10   Safeguard Biodiversity and improve Climate Adaptation in catchment areas under pressure: tools and  Solutions (SABICAS) 
Dr. Benjamin Kupilas – Researcher at NIVA

16:30    Q & A panel

16:45    Break

17:00    Environmental design of regulated rivers to maintain hydro-morphological processes and biodiversity
Atle Harby – Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Energy research

17:20    The practical application of the ‘nature-based’ approach in river management: multi-scale case study on the Andakílsá River, Iceland’
Dr. Hamish Moir – Specialist from Cbec restoration in Scotland. Presentation on restoration of Andakílsá river in Borgarnes, Iceland

17:40    Q & A

17:50   Closing of Day 1


For those working directly on implementing the Water Framework Directive

9:00-11:30  Session 1

  • WG1: Legal implications of the WFD and court rulings- Central legal issues and excemptions
  • WG3: Program of measures and implementation of measures
  • WG4: Sharing experiences on Water Governance structure
  • WG6: Classification of hydro-morphology

11:30   Lunch Break

12:30-15:00 – Session 2

  • WG1: Legal implications of the WFD and court rulings- Court cases
  • WG2: Groundwater
  • WG4: Sharing experiences in Local Water Management
  • WG7: Implementation on restoration measures (hydro-morphological pressures)
  • WG8: Data management for WFD

15:00   Coffee Break

15:45   Summary and conclusions from Workgroups

17:15    End of day 2


08:30 – 17:00

The Nordic specialists in the WFD are invited to participate in the excursion on September 1st, please contact your national coordinator for registration.

The excursion is set to include stops at Þingvellir (National park), Hydropowerstation (Ljósafoss), Selfoss, Grænavatn and Seltún