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Agenda for workshop - Most Recent version on IUCN site

11 February 2008

SESSION 1 Welcome & Introduction
Chair: Janot Mendler de Suarez, GEF IW:LEARN

1.1 Opening ceremony (30 mins)
1.2 Introduction of participants
1.3 Presentation: Workshop overview and goals (15 mins)
Speaker: Mark Smith
1.4 Presentation: Introduction to Itaipu dam and the Plata basin: Cultivating Good Water (40 mins)
Speaker: Dr Nelton Friedrich, Itaipu Binacional
1.5 Questions

SESSION 2 Principles of environmental flows
Chair: Mark Smith

2.1 Presentation: Principles of environmental flows (40 mins)
Speaker: Prof. Marcelo Gavino Novillo, University of Buenos Aries, La Plata
2.2 Discussion: questions and exchange of experiences from other basins, including upstream and downstream perspectives

SESSION 3 Goals for flow management
Chair: Mark Smith

3.1 Presentation: Introduction to session (10 mins)
Speaker: Mario Aguirre, IUCN 
3.2 Breakout exercise on goals for flow management: social, economic, ecological, hydrological goals for environmental flows from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups
3.3 Discussion: report back to plenary 
1. facilitation highlights framework for workshop: flow assessment, managing the dam, economics, policy and law, equity and empowerment, social learning and change management. Review plan for rest of workshop.
3.4 Introduction to Framework Action Plan

SESSION 4 Introduction to Methods of Environmental Flow Assessment
Chair: Mario Aguirre

4.1 Presentation: Overview of methods of flow assessment (30 mins) 
Speaker: Glauco de Freitas, TNC Brazil
4.2 Discussion & questions

12 February 2008

SESSION 5 Case Studies of Environmental Flow Assessment
Chair: Jorge Rucks

5.1 Presentations: Case study examples (15 mins each)
1. Honduras – presented by Glauco de Freitas
2. Costa Rica – presented by Marcelo Gavino Novillo
3. Pangani Basin, Tanzania – presented by Mark Smith
4. Potential for Environmental Flows in Brazilian River Systems - presented by Joaquim Gondim, ANA (tbc)

5.2 Discussion
1. questions
2. lessons-learned
3. how to ensure results can be used by decision makers

SESSION 6 Design of Environmental Flow Assessments
Chair: Mark Smith

6.1 Introduction and output of session (Marcelo Gavino Novillo & Glauco de Freitas)
6.2 Group exercise: assessment programme design. Identification of data needs for hydrology, ecology, social and economic components
6.3 Discussion
1. groups report back to plenary
2. consolidate recommendations
6.4 Checklist

SESSION 7 Setting Flow Objectives and Using Scenarios
Chair: Mark Smith

7.1 Presentation: Setting flow objectives using flow scenarios (30 mins)
Speaker: Marcelo Gavino Novillo
7.2 Presentation: Scenarios for the Plata River – Insights from the Plata TDA (20') 
Speaker: Jorge Rucks, OAS
7.3 Dialogue on scenarios for the Plata & discussion
1. what are possible scenarios for flow management in the Plata?
2. scenarios and lessons from other basins
3. identifying and managing trade-offs among priorities
7.4 Checklist

SESSION 8 Management Options for Infrastructure
Chair: Glauco de Freitas

8.1 Presentation: Options for managing water infrastructure (30 mins) 
Speaker: [Itaipu Binacional, TBC]
8.2 Presentation: Regulation of flow for the Rio Uruguay Plata system (30 mins) 
Speaker: Ing. Alejandro Arcelus, CARU
8.3 Discussion
8.4 Checklist

13 February 2008 - Technical Visit

14 February 2008

SESSION 9 Enabling Conditions for Implementing Environmental Flows
Chair: Jorge Rucks

9.1 Presentation: Enabling Environment for Environmental Flows (10 mins)
Speaker: Mark Smith
9.2 Presentation: Valuation of ecosystems – principles
Speaker: Robert Crowley, GEF-UNDP
9.3 Presentation: Incentives for environmental flows
Speaker: Mark Smith
9.4 Discussion
9.5 Checklist

SESSION 10 Policy & Legal Frameworks
Chair: Mark Smith

10.1 Presentation: Enabling policy and law for environmental flows (30 mins)
Speaker: Dr Alejandro Iza, IUCN Environmental Law Centre
10.2 Presentation: Water policy and law in Brazil: implications for environmental flows implementation (30 mins) 
Speaker: Luciano Meneses Cardoso da Silva, ANA
10.4 Discussion

SESSION 11 Reform of Governance & Multi-Stakeholder Platforms
Chair: Alejandro Iza & Rocio Cordoba

1.1 Introduction to group exercise and roles for participants (Alejandro Iza and Rocio Cordoba)
1.2 Group exercise: enabling implementation of environmental flows

SESSION 12 Reform of Governance & Multi-Stakeholder Platforms
Chair: Alejandro Iza & Rocio Cordoba

15 February 2008

SESSION 13 Reform of Governance & Multi-Stakeholder Platforms
Chair: Alejandro Iza & Rocio Cordoba

SESSION 14 Reform of Governance & Multi-Stakeholder Platforms
Chair: Alejandro Iza & Rocio Cordoba

Exercise Continued
Discussion and feedback

SESSION 15 Synthesis
Chair: Mark Smith

15.1 Synthesis of components and checklists
15.2 Framework action plans by participants
15.3 Consultations with resource team

SESSION 16 Closing
Chair: Janot Mendler de Suarez

16.1 Review of goals and expectations
16.2 Follow-up actions
16.3 Evaluation
16.4 Closing ceremony

Additional References

The reading list contains a few key papers that we suggest you look at before the workshop, as they will help strengthen your participation. The suggested readings include chapters from the IUCN Toolbook FLOW in 3 languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Note that hard copies of the book will be distributed at the workshop in your preferred language.

Sessions 1-4

Katz – Going with the flow
FLOW – Chapter 1 & 2, Fluxo - Capitulo 1 & 2, Caudal - Capitulo 1 & 2
Acreman and Dunbar – review of methods
Collischonn et al. - Searching for an Ecological Hydrograph

Sessions 5-8

World Bank – case studies
IUCN Tempisque case study (English and Espanol)
Pangani river system: State of the Basin Report
King and Brown – Striking a balance
FLOW – Chapter 3, Fluxo - Capitulo 3, Caudal - Capitulo 3

Sessions 9-16

FLOW – Chapter 4,5 & 6, Fluxo- Capitulo 4,5 & 6, Caudal- Capitulo 4,5 & 6
Scanlon & Iza – legal basis

The Environmental Flows Network was launched by IUCN and a consortium of partners in 2007. The Network features a website – – which provides access information, literature and most importantly a network of environmental flow practitioners and specialists around the world.

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