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Forest Management and Water Regulation

Drin basin riparians are confronted with a multitude of challenges in terms of closely related forest and water management. Challenges in the region need to be tackled jointly by forestry and water management through greater synergy potential between forest and water administrations including concerned stakeholders.

A 2-day Capacity Building Workshop on Forest Management and Water Regulation in the Drin Basin was organised on 16-17 December 2020 in the context of the SEE Nexus Project, that is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and implemented by GWP-Med in partnership with the UNECE. The workshop was implemented by the Connecting Natural Values & People Foundation (CNVP).

The aim of the workshop was to enhance the understanding and knowledge of participants on various subjects related to Sustainable Forest Management in relation to water and soil conservation, including on:

    • Aspects of forest hydrology and the factors influencing the management of water in forest ecosystems;
    • Forest management practices concerning soil and water protection;
    • The EU Acquis (Directives, Regulations etc) related to the interface of forests/water/soil, and to what extent national policies are harmonised;
    • How forests in the region are expected to be affected by the impacts of climate change;
    • Innovative practices and tools (including the use of digital technologies) for regulating water balance in forests;
    • Examples of relevant successful sustainable practices from the Region and beyond;
    • Possible synergies or trade-offs with other activities or sectors, notably hydropower, biomass, agriculture, and tourism.

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Agenda Item Presentation / Video

Introduction to the SEE Nexus Project and its activities in the Drin basin.

• Tassos Krommydas, GWP - Med

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Introduction: The interlinkages in the management of Forest and Water Resources and the challenges for the Drin basin

• CNVP

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Compliance of forest policy & practice related to requirements of SFM Pan European criteria 5

• Sasho Petrovski, MSc., CNVP

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Cross sectoral benefits from Sustainable Forest Management practices.

• Prof. Ivan Blinkov

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Good examples in soil and water protection from the region and beyond.

• Prof. Ivan Blinkov

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GAP overview on EU Acquis (forest-water relations) in AL, MKD, MNE and KS.

• Mr. Henk Zingstra

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Synergies of forest management with other sectors (hydropower, biomass, agriculture, tourism).

• Prof. Elvin Toromani

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Impacts of unsustainable Forest Management on the economy and society.

• Prof. Nehat Collaku

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Expected impacts of climate change on forests in the Region.

• Prof. Ljupco Nestorovski

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Protective Forests in Austria - Policy Framework and Challenges in the future.

• Christoph Lainer, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Austria

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The Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds - Forests and Water Working Group: a case study on the management of forests in catchments of drinking water reservoirs

• Josef Krecek, Czech Technical University in Prague

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Increasing importance of forest hydrology in a changing climate for forest and water management

• Prof. Gebhard Schueler

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Interactive session: GIS techniques in forest planning with relation to water regulation, innovative practices and tools.

• Prof. Ivan Minchev

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The Workshop was organized in the framework of the Drin CORDA process and the supporting project “Promoting the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Southeastern Europe, through the use of the Nexus approach” financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) implemented by the GWP-Med in partnership with the UNECE in synergy with the GEF Drin Project.

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