DANCERS consultation workshop in Bucharest 26-27 May 2014

17. Jun 2014

Danube environmental research, consultation meeting in Bucharest

ZSI is partner in the FP7 Coordination and Support Action DANube macroregion: Capacity building and Excellence in River Systems (basin, delta and sea) (DANCERS). On 26-27 May 2014 ZSI organised a consultation workshop with public administrations, policy makers and relevant decision makers.

Decision makers in the various sectors of integrated water management of the Danube-Black Sea macro-system were invited to contribute to the three main pillars of DANCERS based on their primary field of action. Public authorities like ministries, public institutions and organisations in related sectors, administrations and organisations in charge of environmental protection and water management have been addressed to support the developement of the following three priority fields:

  • Strategic Research Agenda – Authorities were asked to provide insights about the particular information needs, share experiences of proactive co-operation with researchers and expressed their views on how research can contribute to their daily work.
  • Research Infrastructures – Public authorities maintain monitoring networks and actively employ research facilities to support decision making e.i. with simulation and modelling of fluvial (erosion) processes. Based on the needs of the stakeholders - like regional and national authorities - newly established or updated research infrastructures could support proactive environmental management. Sharing expectations directed to research infrastructures and identification of priorities for the set-up or upgrading of research infrastructure (and its future maintenance) is a precondition for informed decision making.
  • Education and Training Programmes – The availability of educated and experienced experts is of key importance for environmental management in the interest of the public. Beside the specific requirements to university graduates employed by administrations, also further education gains more and more importance. The public stakeholders involved in environmental management face particular challenges for upgrading their knowledge and sharing experience with colleagues from other countries.

The results of three workshops held in the first half of 2014 will be discussed at a meeting on 8-9 September 2014.

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A number of highly relevant projects, initiatives and interest groups have been formed in the past decades that actively address the environmental management in the Danube region. This includes geographically focused policies such as the set-up of the Danube Region Strategy and programmes focusing on a larger group of countries i.e. the Southeast-Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, Black Sea Joint Operational Programme, Cross-border Cooperation in bi- and multilateral settings. Furthermore, discussions on a possible “Black Sea Strategy” emerged especially because of its uniqueness, both in termsof natural characteristics as well as geo-political issues. Moreover, the coordination of sector policies i.e. for transport, energy and other fields addressing environmental issues has recently gained more attention.  With a main focus on the integrated Danube River-Delta and Black sea interaction, the DANCERS project aims at developing a toolbox of instruments that contributes to better aligned environmental research in the macro-region.


Starting in March 2014 with a series of workshops in DANCERS, researchers in the first round and business communities in the second round were invited to share their views about the most pressing research topics and challenges.

In the third round, on 26-27 May 2014, the

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