IAHS Charles University, Faculty of Science International Hydrological Programme The International Association for Ecology Gesellschaft für Ökologie; Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland Società Italiana di Ecologia, Italian Society of Ecology USGS International Society for Subsurface Microbiology

  Nederlandse Hydrologische Vereniging, Netherlands Hydrological Society NecoV, Netherlands-Flemish Society for Ecology British Ecological Society Umweltbundesamt, the expert authority of the federal government in Austria for environmental protection and environmental control Vienna City Administration Wiener Wasserwerke, water supply company of Vienna

Special Sessions S and S-WFD

Session S: Special Session “Landscape versus local controls on water quality in small streams”

The Special Session S aims to evaluate the respective role of landscape scale versus local scale processes/structures in controlling water quality in small streams.

The Special Session S will be chaired by Dr Gilles Pinay, Chair Professor of Hydroecology, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

When you submit an abstract through the Abstract Submission web page, in its subpage 'Select Topic ID Numbers' you can indicate there (check box) that you intend to contribute to this Special Session S.

Session S-WFD: Special Session “Upscaling from individual ecosystems to groundwater bodies in the light of the Water Framework Directive implementation“

Interactions between groundwater and associated groundwater-dependent aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems have to be considered in the context of status classification, monitoring and achievement under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). However, lack of scientific insight is often given as reason for not fully investigating these interactions and taking existing knowledge into account within the WFD River Basin Management Plans of different EU member states.

The Special Session S-WFD aims to:
a) organize a science-policy interfacing debate between scientists and policymakers about interactions between groundwater and groundwater-dependent terrestrial ecosystems and surface waters under the Water Framework Directive and identify the main implementation drawbacks;

b) challenge scientists to outline and demonstrate how their research outcomes could be used in implementing this part of the WFD;

c) evaluate those ideas by a panel of policy makers and the participants of the session. The best ideas will be rewarded and communicated to EU groundwater experts and policy makers (CIS WFD working group on groundwater and DG Environment).

The Special Session S-WFD will be chaired by:
- Philippe Quevauviller, Scientific Officer at European Commission and Associate Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, and
- Michiel Zijp, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands.

When you submit an abstract through the Abstract Submission web page, in its subpage 'Select Topic ID Numbers' you can indicate there (check box) that you intend to contribute to this Special Session S-WFD.

For questions about this Special Session S-WFD please contact Mr Michiel Zijp (michiel.zijp@rivm.nl).

CLICK HERE to download a summary of the obligations of the WFD and the problems EU member states experience in implementing the issue considered in this Special Session S-WFD.