Conference report European River Symposium; European Rivers and Wetlands 2021 presented!
EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and EU green Deal shaping Europe's Water Management.
This report captures the main themes and messages a coherent and organized manner. This report can contribute to the work in the coming years on the collective efforts to strengthen and improve the protection and restoration of rivers and their associated landscapes. The report should be useful in your own work to stimulate and creates opportunities for dialogue and cooperation in those efforts. The Conference Partners look forward to coming together in the future to evaluate the progress that has been made in using the existing instruments and developing tools to better protect and restore rivers and are grateful for all the interest and contributions to the Symposium.
Actions by important economic actors such as agriculture, hydropower, and urban municipal wastewater services, and various industrial production sectors were all identified as key to improvements made and in future needed. The Symposium concluded that innovative financing instruments to support protection and restoration of rivers offer new hope that these mechanisms along with the right use of European legal and legislative tools (Water Framework Directive) and dialogue and cooperation between sectors using and affecting rivers and wetlands that their condition and health can be improved.The symposium strengthened dialogue and cooperation between sectors using and affecting rivers and supported initiatives that the condition and health of rivers can be improved. This challenge is to be addressed at the local, regional, and national levels. Promotion of healthy ecosystems, green infrastructure and nature-based solutions should therefore be systematically integrated in policies and planning.