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HTML Document Electronic Newsletter of the International Network of Basin Organizations N° 50 - October 2013

Released 24/10/2013


La lettre lectronioque du RIOB

Electronic Newsletter of the International Network of Basin Organizations
N° 50 - October 2013

  EUROPE-INBO 2013: Our next big meeting this autumn
  The latecomers can still register quickly!

on the current and future implementation of the European Water Framework Directive


From 13 to 16 November 2013, Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

In the new context established last year by the "Blueprint to safeguard Europe's Waters" of the European Commission, this meeting will be organized around five roundtables on current implementation of the EU-WFD River Basin Management Plans, the implementation of the EU Flood Directive, strategies to cope with scarcity and droughts and, in general, measures to be introduced for adaptation of water resources management to the effect of the climate changes, etc. 
The meeting is open to all INBO member organizations and observers, and also to the water administrations and organizations, interested in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, and its “Daughter Directives” and related directives, of the member and candidate countries of the European Union and of all the other countries of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia and of the Mediterranean basin.
There will be simultaneous translation into English, French and Bulgarian.

 Invitation to the "EUROPE-INBO 2013" Conference, and the summary draft program
 On-line registration: Registration to the "EUROPE-INBO 2013" Conference is free of charge but compulsory. 
 Any information:

  Sign the "World Pact for Better Basin Management"!

Le pacte

Already 128 signatures by basin organizations worldwide

Whether you are a basin organization, an administration, a scientific and technical organization, alocal authority, an NGO or a professional organization of water users, if you approve the "World Pact" principles, you can sign it online

 Consult and sign the "Pact for better basin management"

 Ceremonies for the signing of the pact

  Contribute to the new "INBO Newsletter": We are waiting for your articles!

La lettre n°21
The 22nd issue of "INBO Newsletter" in 2014 will focus on practical proposals and experiences from the members of our Networks and their partners, as well as on the large priority topics that were discussed during our World General Assembly 2013 held in Fortaleza in Brazil.

 Preparation of the next newsletter:

 Former issues of INBO Newsletter:

   INBO World General Assembly 2013

RIOB 2013
12-16 August 2013, Fortaleza-Ceara (Brazil)

From 13 to 16 August 2013, 319 delegates coming from 49 Countries, representatives of governmental administrations in charge of water management, of Basin Organizations, already existing or being created, and from interested bilateral and multilateral institutions, research centers and associations, met in Fortaleza in Brazil, for the ninth World General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

∎ Find online the final program of the General Assembly, the papers and photographs of the event as well as the Declaration of Fortaleza and final resolutions 

   Establishment of a Global Network
  to advance integrated river Basin Management 


 Memorandum of understanfing between the organizations: IW:Learn, IRF, INBO, TNC, IUCN, WWF and ICPDRand the press release at the International Water Week in Stockholm.

   Back on our great events in 2013

 2nd International high-level Congress on basin management

16-18 April 2013, Cappaelectronic-newsletter-of-the-international-network-of-basin-organizations-ndegia (Turkey)

 Find online the papers and photographs of the event 

 3rd National Congress on River Basin Management 
and Third National Meeting of Operational Directorates of Basin Councils

Morelia 2013
27-30 August 2013, Morelia Michoacan (Mexico)

 Find online the papers and photographs of the event 
 See also:

 European River Restoration Conference (ERRC)

European River Restoration Conference (ERRC)
11-13 September 2013, Vienna (Austria)

 Find online session 5: Enhancement of Multi-use Landscapes
and session 10: River Restoration : A Shared Challenge 
 as well as the photographs of the event.

 Eighth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management

UNECE - Geneva (Switzerland) - 2013
25-26 September 2013, Geneva - UNECE

 Find online the program of the workshop: 
Basin Commissions and other joint bodies relating to cooperation on transboundary waters:
Legal and Institutional Aspects

 World Water Summit

Budapest 2013
9-11 October 2013, Budapest (Hungary)

 Find online the papers and photographs and the Declaration

On INBO website, you will find the diary of events
To inform us of your next events on River Basin Management, please send a message to

   Our next meetings

 2nd Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

7-8 November 2013, Paris - OECD

This 2nd meeting will aim at finalizing the working road map in line with the overarching objectives of the Initiative as defined at the 1st meeting of 27-28 March 2013. INBO and UNESCO are facilitating the working group on basin management.

 See the presentation and draft program

 Community of water professionals: a framework for interstate water cooperation


8-9 November 2013, Moscow (Russia)

This conference is jointly organized by the Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian Network of Basin Organizations - EECCA-NBO - and the Global Water Partnership – CACENA.

 Find online the invitation and program of the event 
 See also:

 Seminar of the World Water Council on transboundary cooperation

11 December 2013, Strasbourg (France)

 Invitation and program
See also:

 Transboundary River Management in a context of Climate Change

7–9 May 2014, Quebec (Canada)

 Find online the call for papers 
 See also:

 First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

26-28 November 2014, Bangkok (Thailand)

The first Forum will be organized in close cooperation with the International Network of Basin Organizationsand the Royal Thai Government. It will be a platform for basin organizations - as well as for relevant stakeholders such as international financial institutions, secretariats of multilateral environmental conventions and other UN agencies - so that they can work together to improve transboundary basin governance and management, taking better into account and incorporating environmental aspects.

 Find online the presentation
 See also:

 17th International River Symposium

Camberra 2014
2014, Canberra (Australia)

 Find online the presentation and call for papers
 See also:

 7th World Water Forum

Daegu - 2015
12-17 April 2015, Daegu Gyeongbuk (Corée)

The World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world. This multi-stakeholder event will gather world-renowned scholars, international organizations, ministers, mayors, parliamentarians, NGOs, research institutions, public and private businesses, civil society organizations

 Find online the presentation of the 7th World Water Forum
 See also:

   See our publications 

   The Blue Passport

Le passeport Bleau
The Blue Passport is an initiative of the International Secretariat for Water (ISW), conducted in partnership with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and local institutions involved and interested in the dissemination of this tool for raising awareness of water users and citizens of river basins.

 Application sheet for a blue passport:

 See also:

  Our other partner projects

 European Water Community 
Connecting science with policy and innovation to improve water management in Europe
European Water Community
Novel Integrated Water Management Systems for Southern European Regions
Development of Key Performance Indicators for Transboundary River Basin Management in Africa
African Water Information System
The Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System
Launching of new research activities at national and regional level on the topic of integrated water resources management in relation with the European Water Framework Directive
Promoting twinning agreements between river basins to strengthen practices of integrated water resources management
"Science-Policy Interfacing in support of the Water Framework Directive implementation"
The implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and its daughter directives, as well as the Floods Directive, is not a “Business-as-usual approach” and constitutes an exceptional challenge to water managers and governments across Europe. Assessments of the current status of implementation have shown that less than 40% of water bodies will achieve Good Ecological Status in 2015
 Water RtoM - Water Research to Market 
Water RtoM aims to accelerate the transfer of research results (from 3 to 5 years) to the end-users, by adding a stage between Research products and existing mechanisms of technology transfer.

  Other websites on basin management

EU Water Initiative
 WISE : Water Information System for Europe
 UNESCO’s "Water" portal


 World Water Day - 2013: 
International Year for Water-related cooperation
World Water Day
 UNECE - The Water Convention UNECE - Water
 GEF : Global Environment Facility 
International waters : 
Climate change :
Transboundary waters :

 OECD Water Initiative
 Global Water Partnership (GWP) 

 7the World Water Forum in Daegu in 2015
7ème Forum Mondial de l'Eau
 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles in 2012
6ème Forum Mondial de l'Eau
 World Water Council
World Water Council
 FFEM : French Fund for Global Environment -
Protection of international waters
 Gest'Eau : the website of tools for integrated water management in France
 International River Foundation
 European Center for River Restoration (ECCR)
 Great Rivers Partnership
 International Secretariat for Water

  The Network life

 News from our Regional Networks of Basin Organizations
African Network for Basin Organizations
Network of Basin Organizations for Central and Eastern Europe
Eastern European Caucasus Central Asia Network of Basin Organizations


European Basin Organizations Group for Implementing Water Framework Directive
Latin-American Network for Basin Organizations
Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations
North American Network of Basin Organizations
Network of Asian River Basin Organizations


Brazilian Network for Basin Organizations
 News from our Thematicals Networks of Basin Organizations
Climate change
Pilot network of basin organizations to test adaptation to climate change in the basins UNECE - Water
Network of International Commissions and Transboundary Basin Organizations

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  • The invitations to the events you organize or in which you participate,
  • Your new publications and your studies,
  • The diary of your events
  • Your press releases

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