Agenda with presentations

International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins in SEE, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6-8 November 2013

6 November 2013 – Wednesday


12.15 – 13.00 Registration - light lunch

13.00 – 14.00 OPENING SESSION

13.00 – 13.30 Welcome Address
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Mr. Fritz Holzwarth, Deputy Director General for Water Management, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
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Mr. Miroslav Kukobat, Head of Infrastructure and Energy Unit, RCC Secretariat
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Mr. Mish Hamid, Project Manager, Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN)
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Mr. Michael Scoullos, Chairman, GWP-Med

13.30 – 13.45 Renewable Energy Acquis in the Energy Community – objectives for hydropower development until 2020 in Southeastern Europe
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Ms. Gabriela Cretu, Electricity and Renewable Energy Expert, Energy Community Secretariat pdf

13.45 – 14.00 RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016 for energy and environment - importance for the SEE 2020 Strategy and links to IWRM
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Mr. Miroslav Kukobat, Head of Infrastructure and Energy Unit, RCC Secretariat pdf

14.00 – 14.15 Coffee break

14.15 – 17.00 SESSION 1: Water and Energy Nexus - Securing hydropower sustainability at the transboundary level

A set of presentations introduced issues related to hydropower production and sustainability. These provided the baseline for and fed the discussions that followed during the Roundtable. Presentations were followed by a panel discussion; the panel interacted with the participants.
Moderator: Mr. Ales Bizjak, Senior Scientific Collaborator, Institute for Water, Slovenia pdf

1. Water resources management and hydropower production
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Mr. Tarik Kupusovic, Director, Hydro-Engineering Institute Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina pdf

2. Opportunities for investment in hydropower in SEE
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Mr.  Dzenan  Malovic,  Associate  Operations  Officer,  International  Finance Corporation (IFC) pdf

3. Hydropower production in transboundary basins – challenges and opportunities
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Mr. Leo Penovic, Director of Sava Zagreb Development Programme, Power Company, Croatia and Mr. Bogdan Barbic, Director of Sava River Hydropower Plants, Power Company, Slovenia pdf
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Mr. Hajrudin Dzafo, Head of Department for Renewable Energy Projects implementation, Project Manager of small hydro / wind power plants, Power Company, Bosnia and Herzegovina pdf

4. Guiding Principles on Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Danube Basin
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Mr. Raimund Mair, Technical Expert - River Basin Management, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) pdf

5. Fostering environmentally sustainable hydropower production
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Mr. Jian-hua Meng, Water Security Lead, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) pdf

Panel discussion

End of Day 1

20.00 Evening Reception


7 November 2013 - Thursday

09.30 – 09.45 Recap of Day 1

09.45 – 18.00 SESSION 2: Mapping the Water and Energy Security Nexus

09.45 – 10.30 Keynote Presentation: The Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins of Southeastern Europe
The keynote presentation presented the findings of a recent background study for the identification of the state, challenges and issues of Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins of SEE.
Moderator / Keynote presentation: Mr. Thomas Dworak, Consultant, Fresh-Thoughts C
onsulting GmbH pdf

Facilitated discussion

10.30 – 13.15 Mapping the Water and Energy Security Nexus: the hydropower trade-offs
During the first part of the Water and Energy Security Nexus mapping session, the participants discussed in two working groups about different aspects of hydropower trade- offs. The working groups reported back to the plenary – a discussion followed.

10.30 – 12.00: Facilitated discussion in 2 Working Groups:

- Theme 1 : Trade-offs between “Economy” and “Environment”

The participants discussed the trade-offs between hydropower development/ management and the environment.
Moderator: Ms. Angela Klauschen, Senior Freshwater Policy Officer, WWF


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Theme 2 Trade-offs between “Economy” and “Economy”

The participants discussed the trade-offs between hydropower development/ management and other economic activities using water resources.
Moderator: Mr. Thomas Stratenwerth, Head of Division "General, Fundamental, International and European Aspects of Water Management", Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

12.00 – 12.15 Coffee break

12.15 –13.15: Plenary Discussion - Outcomes of the Working Groups
Moderators: Mr. Thomas Stratenwerth and Ms. Angela Klauschen

13.15 – 14:30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.45 Mapping the Water and Energy Security Nexus: identifying benefits and mechanisms for sharing them

During the second part of the Water and Energy Security Nexus mapping session, the participants discussed about benefits and mechanisms for sharing them.
Introductory presentation: Mr. Thomas Dworak, Consultant, Fresh-Thoughts Consulting G
mbH pdf
Moderator: Mr. Friedrich Barth, General Manager, German Water Partnership

Facilitated discussion

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

Mapping the Water and Energy Security Nexus: identifying benefits and mechanisms for sharing them (continued)

16.45 – 18.00 Mapping the Nexus: identifying and characterizing the water-energy interdependencies (and beyond) in transboundary basins
In this session, the approach to assessing water-energy inter-linkages under the UNECE Water Convention — considering also linkages to agriculture and the environment —was presented for discussion. The methodology under preparation involves developing a conceptual picture of the Nexus, substantiating it with indicators and quantifying selected aspects.
Moderator: Mr. Dejan Komatina, Secretary, International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC)

Presentations followed by plenary discussion:
1. Introduction to the assessment under the UNECE Water Convention

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Ms. Annuka Lipponen, Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE pdf
2. Methodology for assessing the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in transboundary river basins

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Mr. Manuel Welsch, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden pdf

Facilitated discussion

18.00 – 18.10 Wrap up of Day 2

End of Day 2

 

8 November 2013- Friday

 

09.00 – 09.10 Recap of Day 2

09.10 – 11.00 SESSION 3: Addressing the trade-offs from hydropower

1. Panel Discussion

Panel discussion; the panel responded to questions from and interacted with the participants.
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Moderator: Mr. Dimitris Faloutsos, Programme Coordinator for Southeastern Europe, GWP-Med

Panel members:
- Mr. Thomas Stratenwerth, Head of Division "General, Fundamental, International and European Aspects of Water Management", Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
- Mr. Dejan Komatina, Secretary, ISRBC
- Mr. Michael Scoullos,
Chairman, GWP-Med- Mr. Tobias Salathe, Senior Advisor for Europe, Ramsar Convention Secretariat
- Mr. Damir Mrden, Advisor, Agency for the Adriatic Sea Watershed Mostar, Bosnia & He
rzegovina
- Mr. Hajrudin Dzafo, Head of Department for Renewable Energy Projects implementation, Project Manager of small hydro / wind power plants, Power Company, Bosnia & Herzegovina

2. Experiences from the field
Presentations:
- Mr. Tor Simon Pedersen, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Norway
pdf
- Mr. Peter Matt, Head of Engineering Services, Vorarlberger Illwerke AG pdf

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.00 SESSION 4: Outcomes and the way forward
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Mr. Thomas Stratenwerth, Head of Division "General, Fundamental, International and European Aspects of Water Management", Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
- H.E Mr. Karolos Gadis, Ambassador of Greece in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece
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Mr. Miroslav Kukobat, Head of Infrastructure and Energy Unit, RCC Secretariat
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Mr. Mish Hamid, Project Manager, GEF IW:LEARN
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Prof. Michael Scoullos, Chairman, GWP-Med

 

End of the International Roundtable


Light lunch: 12.00 to 12.30

 

12.30 – 14.00: Side Event on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin

Organizers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)