The topic of climate change and the interest in the associated effects on water management have
continued to increase in recent years. As part of the working committee “Forum Climate Change“,
the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV) has observed current developments
both in climate research and in the planning and implementation of adaptation measures
and has presented them since 2010 in a series of 5 ÖWAV seminars on climate change and its influence
on hydrology, water and energy as well as their management.
In addition to the current findings of climate research, the joint ÖWAV/ EWA conference will now
focus on recognizable effects and needs for action, which will be analyzed in the form of a workshop
by the numerous actors in the water sector and implementation possibilities for adaptation
in water management will be identified. With the presentation of concrete adaptation measures
and projects from Europe, particular account will be taken of the two extreme challenges posed by
heavy rainfall events and droughts.
The first day will conclude with the “Dunbar Medal Ceremony” and an evening reception.