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29 Sept - 2 October 2003 Conference on Lowland River Rehabilitation, to be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Second Call for Preregistration and Abstract Submission. extended deadline: March 1, 2003.

Registration forms and abstracts can be sent to LRR2003@RIZA.RWS.MINVENW.NL.

NCR and RIZA will host an international conference on lowland river rehabilitation, and invite participation by river scientists, managers and policy makers. Regulating rivers has reduced the natural dynamic processes, altered the landscape and its biodiversity. Along large rivers that serve manifold functions, rehabilitation attempts have recovered stretches or certain features, but complete restoration probably will be an utopia. How sustainable or effective are we so far; how well did we assess our achievements; what are the costs and benefits, opportunities and constraints, the end-points? Target groups are scientists, managers, policy makers and environmental NGOs affiliated with river rehabilitation.
We aim at a small-sized conference (* 100 participants), where participants will be selected based on preliminary registration (deadline 15 February 2003). Selection criteria are ...
1) Topic of the presentation,
2) Geographic region (Europe / North America), and
3) The role or expertise in river rehabilitation (scientist/manager/policy maker/environmental NGO etc.) ... in order to achieve a balanced composition in presentations and participants.

The programme will cover 3 days of presentations and a mid-conference excursion focussing on river rehabilitation and other large river functions.

Forms and more informations are also available at the website of the Netherlands Centre for River Studies

Registration forms and abstracts can be sent to LRR2003@RIZA.RWS.MINVENW.NL.


10th World Lake Conference will be held in Chicago, on the shores of Lake, Michigan, from 22-26 June 2003

The conference will be co-hosted by ILEC and the International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR). The theme is "Global Threats to Large Lakes: Managing in an Environment of Instability and Unpredictability"
Further details are available on either IAGLR's or ILEC's websites:
A call for papers has been issued and abstracts are due by 13 December 2002

British Hydrological Society International Conference On Hydrology: Science And Practice For The 21st Century, 12 -16 July 2004, London - UK

The purpose of the conference is to bring together hydrologists involved in scientific research and operational practice in order to address key issues affecting hydrology in the new century. These include the impact of a growing world population, the need for poverty alleviation and the increasing demand on limited water resources, complicated by the potential impacts of climate change on catchments and their associated ecosystems. A preliminary circular giving further details can be downloaded from the web page (<>). Alternatively information on the conference can be obtained via the main BHS web site (<>). Please keep an eye on this site for further updates on the conference.

Dry Toilet 2003, 1st International Dry Toilet Conference, 20-23 August 2003, TAMPERE - FINLAND

The first international Dry Toilet conference to be held at the University of Tampere, Finland in August 2003 is organised by the Global Sanitet Club of Finland and the Association of Ecological Information in co-operation with Tampere University of Technology (TUT), University of Tampere (UTA), Tampere Polytechnic (TP) and Häme Polytechnic. The goal of the conference is to bring together for the first time researchers, designers, officials, manufacturers, and other related stakeholders and parties to discuss dry toilets as a viable option to waste management especially in areas with water shortages or without water-borne sewage systems.
More information at

'Mediterranean Water Week', 10-15 December 2002, Athens - GREECE

A. Mediterranean Workshop on Water, Wetlands and Climate Change, 10-11 December 2002, Athens, organized by IUCN and GWP-Med The Workshop is part of the global Dialogue on Water and Climate. The results will be presented at the Dialogue's Synthesis Workshop, 17-18 December 2002, Dhaka to prepare for the 3rd World Water Forum, March 2003, Kyoto.
B. Mediterranean Regional Dialogue of Parliamentarians, NGOs and other Stakeholders on the protection of the Mediterranean environment and prospects for the sustainable development of the region, 12-13 December 2002, Athens,
Priority theme: Making Water Governance Effective in the Mediterranean - The Role of Parliamentarians", organized by GWP-Med and MIO-ECSDE. The Workshop is part of the Mediterranean Dialogue on Effective Water Governance. The outcomes will be part of the Mediterranean report of the Dialogue that will be presented at the 3rd World Water Forum, March 2003, Kyoto.
C. Mediterranean Workshop on Environmental Education - the Mediterranean Perspective, 14-15 December 2002, Athens, Organised by MIO-ECSDE The Workshop is the 1st Educational Workshop of MEDIES. MEDIES is the Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability, with emphasis on Water and Waste, launched as Type II Initiative in Johannesburg. The promotion and application in the region of the MIO-ECSDE / GWP-Med Educational Package on 'Water in the Mediterranean' is one of the major process of MEDIES.
For further information on this Mediterranean Waterweek, please visit

"Watershed 2002"

Wyndham Bonaventure, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 24-27 February 2002
The Water Environment Federation and the Florida Water Environment Association are sponsoring the international specialty conference WATERSHED 2002, with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, USEPA-Region 4, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, South Florida Water Management District, American Water Works Association, and Audubon of Florida. Fourth in a series, WATERSHED 2002 will explore the challenges of managing the world's watersheds while highlighting the unique issues of the Conference's host region, South Florida. WATERSHED 2002 will include 144 oral presentations, 3 panel discussions, 10 posters, 4 workshops, and 4 tours. The Keynote Address will be delivered by G. Tracy Mehan, III, Assistant Administrator for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For complete information, please visit:

Assises Zones Humides

Le 29 janvier 2002, le Comité de Bassin Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse organise, au Palais des Congrès de Lyon, des Assises sur le thème de la protection des zones humides.
Le Comité de Bassin s'est engagé depuis 4 ans à mobiliser ses partenaires (communes, commissions locales de l'eau, syndicats mixtes, conseils généraux, services de l'Etat...) pour protéger les zones humides. Il est essentiel qu'un autre regard soit porté sur ces milieux indispensables à la préservation de la ressource en eau.
L'adoption en 2000 d'une Charte qui propose 5 grands principes à respecter pour la sauvegarde de ces milieux, a constitué la première grande étape de cet engagement.
La seconde sera la tenue d'Assises, le 29 janvier prochain, à quelques jours de la journée mondiale des zones humides, le 2 février.

Les Assises Zones Humides, en offrant une tribune aux acteurs du Bassin impliqués dans leur gestion, permettront de faire un bilan des actions réalisées ou en projet, de valoriser les expériences exemplaires, de mettre en exergue les acquis et avancées et de proposer des réponses aux difficultés rencontrées. Les résultats attendus sont multiples :
" inciter les décideurs à un réflexe zones humides,
" mettre en cohérence les politiques publiques en matière de financement,
" aboutir concrètement à un engagement des élus sur la mise en place d'inventaires et à l'élaboration de volet zones humides dans les SAGE et les contrats de milieux,
" établir un réseau structuré des partenaires de la Charte.
L'organisation de cette manifestation a été confiée à l'Agence de l'Eau RMC et à la Direction Régionale (Rhône-Alpes) de l'Environnement, DIREN.

Secrétariat des Assises :
Agence de l'Eau Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse
2-4, allée de Lodz - 69363 Lyon Cedex 07 - Tél : 04 72 71 26 57 - Fax : 04 72 71 26 03
DIREN Rhône-Alpes - Délégation de Bassin Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse
19, rue de la Villette - 69425 Lyon Cedex 03 - Tél : 04 72 13 83 15 - Fax : 04 72 13 83 59

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