Biodiversity goals in danger?
Positioning of the AG-Wasser on hydropower development and river restoration against the background of the biodiversity goals and the climate crisis
on 08.12.2022 14:00 - 17:00 CET
According to the WWF's Living Planet Report, the global population of wild species has declined by 69% since 1970. At 83%, the loss of species in lakes, rivers and wetlands is even more dramatic. Environmental associations, anglers and other organisations have joined forces at the European level to form the Living Rivers Coalition in order to halt this trend and reverse it. With the Green Deal, the Water Framework Directive, the Biodiversity Strategy and the recently proposed Nature Restoration Law, good instruments have been and are being developed at EU level to achieve this goal. At the same time, the expansion of renewable energies is being pushed forward on a large scale. In the course of this, there are increased efforts to streamline the planning requirements for infrastructure projects, in particular also by directly undermining nature and water protection regulations. This, with the intention of counteracting the climate crisis, further exacerbates the European and global biodiversity crisis.
The sustainable use and equitable distribution of water is one of the most pressing problems of our time. At the same time, scarce freshwater resources and their associated ecosystems are being overexploited, polluted and damaged all over the world. Whether water will still be sufficiently available and drinkable in the future, and who will have access to it, depends more than ever on political decisions around water use. To discuss these challenges, we cordially invite you and your colleagues to an online seminar. Details on the programme and registration can be found below.
Jürgen Maier, Forum Environment and Development
14:10: Presentation of the FUE position on hydropower
Thilo Papacek, CounterCurrents
14:40: "Break Free" - Restoring river ecosystems by dismantling transverse structures
Michael Bender, Living Rivers Foundation
15:10: Commentary on the Renewable Energy Directive by WWF
Tobias Schäfer, WWF
15:40: Hydropower in development cooperation
Jutta Himmelsbach, Misereor
16:15 h: Break
16:30: Hydropower to hydrogen? The Inga III Project
Salomé Elolo, Femmes Solidaires
Registration: roth (at) forumue.de
The event will be held in German with English translation.
You can find the invitation here: www.grueneliga.de/images/Wasser/FORUMUE-AGWASSER-81222.pdf
23 November 2022
Meeting place: On the south-eastern side of the Fennpfuhl in Lichtenberg
Start: 9 am | Coordinates: 52°31'42.1 "N 13°28'30.0 "E
Soil absorbs rainwater, stores moisture, supplies plants with water, cools the environment through evaporation, provides a habitat for soil organisms, plants and animals, and contributes to a good climate with vegetation - if it is not sealed. In the Fennpfuhlpark we will reactivate these numerous soil functions. To do this, we will unseal an area of about 20 m2 and then plant it with insect-friendly wild shrubs. We will provide the necessary tools and gloves.
We look forward to your active support!
Registration at jschlaberg (at) nabu-berlin.de or by phone 030/986083735
Paneltalk & Movie Screening
In Albania and all around Europe citizens have raised their voices to protect Europe’s largest wild river—the Vjosa. This year Albania's government listened, and promised to establish a national park to protect the Vjosa forever.
We talk with Besjana Guri from EcoAlbania about the campaign success and the progress towards establishing the Vjosa National Park. Being a member of the national park working group in Albania we are excited to hear directly from her here in Berlin.
For additional impressions Matthias Leupold & Eric Berg present their short movie "In the Name of Vjosa". And Living Rivers Foundation shares insights on river conservation in Germany.
WORLD RIVERS DAY on the Oder - Call for participation!
On 25 September 2022, the World Rivers Day will take place. To mark this occasion, we are planning a canoe action on the Oder in Kienitz (Oderbruch) at 14:00.
Together we want to raise awareness of the importance of rivers and honour their important function as lifelines of the earth.
After the recent catastrophe that happened right in front of our eyes without us being able to intervene or get hold of the polluters, we want to remember the millions of living beings that were wiped out in just one moment without any consideration.
We all know that we cannot exist without clean water. Therefore, we want to raise awareness against water pollution and work to restore our rivers to their original form.
Come to Kienitz on the Oder on 25 September at 2 pm and paddle along!
Respected experts will also be invited to report on the Oder.
We are looking forward to creative banners, signs and other contributions.
Please forward this press release to interested people and draw their attention to our petition https://innn.it/Fischsterben.
The challenges for water management are great: climate change, globalisation, the loss of biodiversity and the continued use of surface waters and groundwater require consistent and strategic action to avoid overexploitation of water resources and to ensure the important services of these ecosystems in the long term. In recent months, the management plans and programmes of measures for the third and thus decisive management cycle of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) have been published. However, the level of ambition of the present management plans does not reflect these challenges. Even the draft of the National Water Strategy does not make any concrete statements on the timely implementation of the WFD.
We want to discuss the current management planning with you at this year's Forum: How do we ensure future-oriented water management? Is the transparency approach pursued by some federal states in conformity with the WFD? What claims can be derived from the climate decision of the Federal Constitutional Court? What levers exist to advance the implementation of the WFD?
Further information: https://www.gewaesserschutzforum.de
The programme can be found here: https://www.wrrl-forum.de/programm2022/
For registration: https://www.nabu.de/wir-ueber-uns/veranstaltungen/32226.html