Deliverable 6.9

Abstract: Workshop proceedings on collaborative scoping of solutions, Vlatva catchment, Czech Republic

As part of REFRESH WP6 Task 6.3 (Scoping the solutions) two stakeholder workshops were held within the Vltava catchment, Czech Republic. The purpose of these was to explore the views of local stakeholders concerning water protection measures and adaptation strategies under a changing climate. This report presents the views of stakeholders from the Lomnice and Skalice sub-catchments following a workshop held on 31st October 2011 in Mirovice and from the Lipno reservoir catchment from a workshop held on 28th November 2011 in  Lipno. Stakeholders were invited to help identify and evaluate measures for improving water quality in the eutrophied Orlík reservoir and the Lipno reservoir. Both workshops were organised by the Biology Centre AS CR, v.v.i. (BCAS), Faculty of Economy of the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice (FE-USB) and SORP (League of municipalities of the Písek region).

As in the Norwegian demonstration catchment (Vansjø-Hobøl – see Deliverable 6.8) some management measures have already been agreed and put into practice in these catchments (mainly addressing soil and nutrient losses as specified in Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC)). However, serious problems remain, particularly with phosphorus concentrations.

The upper Vltava River catchment is large and heterogeneous in nature. Three sub-catchments are being analysed in REFRESH. Two of these, Lomnice and  Skalice, are similar, located close to each other in a predominantly agricultural region. The third, the Lipno Reservoir catchment, is located in the upper Vltava catchment, in a protected area. To accommodate these differences it was decided to hold two separate workshops.

The report is divided into three parts

  1. Report from Workshop I – Mirovice 10/2011 (Lomnice and Skalice subcatchments)
  2. Report from Workshop II- Lipno 11/2011 (Lipno subcatchment)
  3. Comparison of both workshops and final conclusion

The measures currently practised and potentially available in these sub-catchments fall into two categories, systemic measures and domain/field measures. The systemic measures require institutional support (regional, state) or political will. The domain/field measures can be taken directly by stakeholders or representative organisations.

Most stakeholders at the Mirovice workshop (the Lomnice and Skalice catchments) recommended to increase pressure on the controlling authorities and executive institutions to play a greater role, with greater efforts to find the funding to build and reconstruct the sewage treatment plants and to identify efficient ways to realise landscape improvement or conservation goals (measures which would help to increase retention ability of landscape: the diversification of the landscape, the subdivision of the larger plots of land, grass growing, creation of new and conservation of old landscape elements, the construction of artificial wetlands and the revitalization of natural wetlands).

Most stakeholders at Lipno would recommend an increase of pressure on the controlling authorities and executive institutions to deal with problems of non-registered pollutions sources.

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