6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR

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EUSDR Environmental Pillar - Stakeholder Seminar

BUDAPEST, 17th October 2017 14:00-18:00 PM

Venue: Ministry of Agriculture 1055 Budapest Kossuth Lajos ter 11.

In order to futher highlight the environmental-related topics discussed on the occasion of the EUSDR Annual Forum, the Hungarian PA6 (Biodiversity & Landscapes) Steering Group Members will organise a side event one day prior to the main event (in the afternoon on 17 October 2017). The seminar will be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and will be held on its premises (1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos square 11).


The „EUSDR Environmental Pillar - Stakeholder Seminar” will be realized in cooperation with EUSDR PA4 (water quality) and PA5 (environmental risks) priority areas. The event will consist of a discussion concerning future challenges in the field of water quality and environmental risks. The seminar is to present a snapshot of the diverse nature of environmental challenges the Danube Region countries are facing with the aim of generating a discussion around how to achieve balanced and long term economic development.

The seminar seeks to draw attention to the importance of ongoing joint cooperations - on an organizational and sector-specific level - while also discussing those future challenges where joint actions are needed to mitigate the threats to the environment and the natural values of the region.

 The Stakeholder seminar will be opened by the Hungarian State Secretary in charge of environment and nature conservation and will be followed by presentations of high representatives from the ICPDR, the Carpathian Convention and the Global Water Partnership. We expect around 100 stakeholders to participate.

The event will be held in English. Please register here:



Please find the draft agenda of the seminar below:


17 October 2017

EUSDR Environmental Pillar Stakeholder Seminar

Budapest, Ministry of Agriculture

1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 11., Darányi Ignác room



 Moderator: Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper






Opening welcome speech

Zsolt V. Németh,  Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Hungary


EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) welcome speech

Gábor Jenei, EUSDR Deputy National Coordinator of Hungary


Session 1: Joint cooperation and ongoing joint activities


Synergies with Carpathian Convention (connections with EUSDR, synergies, water issues)

Eleonora Musco, Carpathian Convention Secretariat


Danube Transnational Programme - Capitalisation process

Gusztáv Csomor, Danube Transnational Programme  


DANUBEPARKS project: cooperation among national parks, challenges, common issues)



Serbian Water Management Strategy - challenges of water management in a non-EU country   

Milan Dimkic, Jaroslav Černi Institute, Serbia





Session 2: Cooperation among sectors – integration of measures between sectors are needed


Green economy: How many water is needed for the production of a pair of jeans? How to minimize water footprint?

Miklós Marton, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary


Integrated Drought Management Programme – an integrative approach

Sabina Bokal, Global Water Partnership CEE


Forests and water: water retentive forests, forests on flood plains

Csaba Mózes, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary


Sustainable agriculture in the Danube River Basin

Ádám Kovács, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River


Sustainable Flood Protection measures in the Danube basin 

Gheorghe Constantin, Ministry of Waters and Forest, Romania (TBC)





Coffee Break





Session 3: Sign of nature - Where to act? – Future Challenges


Climate extremes and challenges

Sándor Szalai, Szent István University


Introduction of the current PA5 activities and focal topics

Károly Gombás, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary


Fighting accidental pollution in the Danube Region

Ádám Kovács, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River


Forest fires (FIRELIFE project) 

Dániel Nagy, National Food Chain Safety Office of Hungary


Flood protection education network in the Danube basin

Viktor Oroszi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary



Cristina Sandu, Institute of Biology Bucharest, Romanian Academy


Challenges and pressures due to microplastics in the Danube watershed

Gábor Bordós, Wessling Hungary Ltd





End of the event



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