Management of Northern River Basins: Scope, objectives and outcome of the Conference
Kämäri, Juha; Alasaarela, Erkki; Inkeröinen, Jouko; Karjalainen, Satu-Maaria; Heikkinen, Kaisa
The Conference on the Management of Northern River Basins (NoRiBa) was held on June 5-8, 2001 in Oulu, Finland. The EU Water Framework Directive, adopted in December 2000, poses new challenges for the river basin management, e. g. new methods and integrated approach as well as the unique natural and environmental conditions prevailing in the northern area were in the background to organize this conference. The general aim of the NoRiBa-conference was to promote an integrated approach in the river basin management. Three main themes were identified covering the overall objectives of the conference: 1) River Ecology, 2) Land Use and Water Pollution Control, and 3) Tools for Integrated River Basin Management. The principal objectives of the theme River Ecology included ecological assessment and the ecological impacts of land derived pollution on river ecosystems and biota. Within the theme of Land Use and Water Pollution Control, the purpose was to introduce preventive and mitigating measures as well as techniques for water pollution control for reducing environmental impacts caused by land derived loading. Under the third main theme of the conference, Tools for Integrated River Basin Management, the aim was to introduce models and decision support systems to be used in the river basin management and in designing pollution control schemes.