The SPARE Pilot Group including different river stakeholders in Engadine is going to focus upcoming participation activities on ranking the main river conflicts in the basin. This activity will be done during the summer with the contribution of a wider Representative group. A river situation assessment report will be prepared to be used as a key support for strategic planning and future options regarding river management
The first step is a participatory diagnosis which is running from May 13, 2017 until the end of September 2017. Subsequently, citizens will have the opportunity to propose actions to improve the management of their catchment. These actions will be gathered into functional and realistic plans which will be presented to the local water committee before the official revision of the local water management plan.
SPARE participation activities in the Steyr River basin are focused on the role of associations and municipalities directly influencing the development of the region. Coordinated by public administrative services, the most important stakeholders and representatives have been identified and then ranked the main common river ecosystem services (ES) influencing Steyr strategic planning. In the coming months the working groups will organize several thematic meetings to raise awareness among the population about values represented by river ES and to derive water related development objectives for the Steyr River basin through public participation. In autumn 2017, a large scale online survey is planned to reach and involve the general public with these topics.
Participation in the Slovenian Pilot Case Study has been framed on several meetings of Pilot and Representative groups and on the key role played by the Soča River Foundation. Soča attracts tourism, especially water sports and fishing but can also be powerful and dangerous: communities feel a deep relationship with the river but also consider it an underexploited resource. In the coming months the SPARE team is aiming to focus participation on implementation of concrete actions for river management still paying attention to mutual trust among stakeholders.
Dora Baltea is more strongly influenced by water quantity conflicts than by water quality: the local administration has decided to change the current procedure for withdrawal demands to leave more space to participation of stakeholders. SPARE activities are linked to the definition of the participation rules related to water withdrawal requests in the frame of the renewal of strategic planning revision. Water discharge information is a main driver for Dora Baltea conservation & planning: specific technical issues needs to be clarified through workshops and face-to-face meetings to avoid the black box effect and increase mutual trust among stakeholders and interested citizens.
written by Andrea Mammoliti Mochet