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IWC6 Technical Site Visits

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IWC6 Technical Site Visits

Generally speaking, the Western Balkans is a region ripe with transboundary interactions and hydrologic connections between countries. For example. approximately 90% of the territory of the Western Balkans lies in transboundary river basins. The region is also dominated by the Dinaric Alps, which contain numerous karstic aquifers further contributing to these transboundary connections. For example, both the Neretva and the Trebišnjica are fascinating rivers and have interesting transboundary stories to tell, especially in combination with the Dinaric Karst aquifers, forming surface-subsurface and transboundary interactions throughout the region. For example, the Trebišnjica provides the drinking water supply for Dubrovnik, yet pollution in Bosnia & Herzegovina can impact it. The same river is utilized by both countries to generate hydropower. The story repeats itself at the transboundary Skadar/Shkodra Lake, shared by Montenegro and Albania. Likewise in the Neretva Delta, shared between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia.

For the first time at this portfolio-wide learning event. The IWC6 affords an opportunity to undertake technical site visits to not one, but four GEF IW projects. All technical site visits will be organized for participants on the second day of the conference, 18 October 2011. All of these will showcase integrated water and other natural resource management issues; the consequences of climatic variability and change, as well as local innovations and best practices aimed at addressing those issues and consequences, including public-private partnerships. The participants will hear presentations from, and be guided by, leading regional scientists and natural resource managers working in the various ecosystems visited. All but one of the site visits will involve border crossings, meaning arrangements will need to be made well in advance of embarkation.
For more information about each of the technical site visit options, please click the respective links below:


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