28-29 January 2020, Brussels, Belgium

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Location:Brussels, Belgium
Workshop Date:28-29 January 2020
Information:The European Stakeholder Workshop on Fish-friendly Hydropower will be held on 28-29 January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

This event will serve as a platform for consultation and exchange between FIThydro scientists, policy-makers and technical experts working on the assessment of impacts from hydropower plants and the planning of mitigation measures.
This workshop is being organised in the context of FIThydro, a 4-year EU-funded H2020 research project (2016-2020), which addresses decision support in commissioning and operating hydropower plants by use of existing and innovative technologies. FIThydro concentrates on mitigation measures and strategies to develop cost-effective environmental solutions and on strategies to avoid fish damage and enhance population developments.
Technical results from FIThydro research will be presented, that can directly support better and more transparent implementation of EU and national policies for renewable energy production and aquatic ecosystems protection. Participating experts will be invited to give their feedback on the added value of tools developed by FIThydro for decision-making and to exchange on the needs for further research and action for more fish-friendly hydropower.
The workshop will start at approximately 11:00 (registration) on 28 January and finish by 15:00 on 29 January.
Please note that the event will allow for a maximum of 80-100 participants.
Workshop Topics (tentative)Provisional list of topics for this workshop:

  • Tools to support risk assessment at hydropower plants (e.g. risk classification system for fish species, assessment of cumulative impacts)

  • Risk-based Decision Support System for planning, commissioning and operating hydropower plants

  • Knowledge sharing on tools for planning, implementing and monitoring mitigation measures

  • Method for selecting cost-effective combinations of mitigation measures

  • Cost-effective and applicable solutions for key impacts from hydropower plants, especially related to fish mortality at turbines and during downstream migration, at rivers with hydropeaking or in residual flow stretches

  • Challenges and opportunities for fish-friendly hydropower related to the current policy framework and financing instruments

  • Lessons learned on public acceptance of hydropower and hydropower technologies

  • Added-value of collaboration between scientists and hydro-power operators in current and future projects
Host Organization:Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Venue:Herman Teirlinck building of the Flemish Government
Havenlaan 73
1000 Brussels
Directions to the venue will be made available
Programme:Draft programme will be available in early autumn 2019
Recommended HotelsRecommended hotels will be provided here after the registration starts
Registration form:Online registration will open in early autumn 2019
ContactsPlease, feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions concerning this workshop.
Dr. Eleftheria Kampa: eleftheria.kampa@ecologic.eu
Lea Berg: lea.berg@tum.de
Jennifer Reck: fithydro-eu@ecologic-events.eu
Gallery:Photos will be available after the event
Summary Report:A summary report will be available here after the event
Presentation slides:Presentation slides will be available after the event

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