Date: 17 November 2023
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 CET
Join us on 17 November for the online webinar ‘Green infrastructure: the role of Latvia’s wetlands in sustainable flood mitigation’, where we will search for better ways how people can co-exist with water and how flood risks can be managed sustainably.
Although the value of floodplains, natural river meanders, and other wetland ecosystems is now more widely recognised as crucial for water purification and retention during flooding, many EU countries, including Latvia, face significant difficulties in integrating these natural assets into their water management and flood risk mitigation practices.
Event is free of charge, but registration is obligatory and available here.
In Latvia, similary to the rest of Europe, a significant portion of the land has been drained to create space for human infrastructure, agriculture, and forestry. Historically, more than 90 per cent of Latvia’s floodplains have been lost, and rivers have been channelised. This, however, has often led to the destruction of valuable river habitats, deterioration of wetlands, and problems with water quality due to the accelerated delivery of nutrients and pollution into water bodies. Currently, EU funds are actively being used to dredge long-ago-channelised river sections to restore their drainage capacity.
In this webinar we will try to look at the problem with fresh eyes, by catching a glimpse of flood mitigation and floodplain management related challanges faced in Latvia and seeing good examples from Hungary.
- Presentation: Gábor Ungvári from REKK.AQUA, the Water Economics Unit of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (Hungary), will share flood risk mitigation experiences from the project Land4flood and Tisza river, where flood risk is being reduced by effective use of flood-peak polders, followed by a Q&A.
- Presentation: Manager of floodplains Jurijs Prokofjevs, will share his experience of managing vast natural floodplains in Sita Nature Park of the Lubāns Wetland complex (Latvia), a internationally important Natura 2000 site for birds.
- Film discussion: Green Liberty (Latvia) will showcase the short film ‘Space for the rivers: towards sustainable flood prevention’, followed by a Q&A.
- Panel discussion: Experts and researchers from the field of water management, flood prevention and wetland restoration will meet in a short panel discussion, where the main challenges faced by Latvia of achieving sustainable flood prevention goals will be identified and possible solutions discussed.
This event is organised by NGO Green Liberty and CEE Bankwatch Network within the Citizens’ Observatory for Green Deal Financing project, financed by European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.