Joint EurAqua – WssTP workshop

Water-related ecosystem services [ESS] – increasing the relevance of the concept for operational management on various scales.

Sted: Oslo Science Park, Gaustadalleen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway
Når: 18.11.2014 - 19.11.2014


A paper has been published, which briefly reviews challenges and shortcomings in implementation of the ecosystem service (ES) approach in water management and indicates possibilities to overcome these. This was the subject of the European workshop held in November 2014 in Oslo, Norway. Biophysical modeling of ES including trade-offs and off-site effects, consideration of different scales, quantification and valuation as well as involvements of stakeholders and communication with them were the main challenges identified. Recommendations included (1) the development of practical, usable guidance documents, (2) sharing of knowledge in ES assessment databases, (3) identification of means by which the “dominance” of monetary valuation can be overcome, (4) collection of evidence on if and how ES assessment results are used in decision making, and (5) a stronger involvement of stakeholders.

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Some confirmed speakers that will stimulate to invigorating discussions

Name Organization + Country Preliminary title/topic
Prof. Davide Viaggi University of Bologna, Italy Suggestions on how to introduce ESS in CAP. [Outcomes from the CLAIM project]
Dr Pascal Breil IRSTEA, France Integrated flood management approach to combine urban generated floods and ESS preservation.
Dr Antonio Lo Porto IRSA, Italy Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL ) approach in creating trade opportunities for the implementation of measures in the WFD context
Dr Michael Munk Sørensen COWI, Denmark Results from a newly completed DG Env  commissioned study  “Support
Policy Development for Integration of Ecosystem Services Approach with WFD and FD Implementation
Dr Isabel Seifert NIVA, Norway Economic valuation of improved ecological quality of rivers in urban environments: A case from Oslo
Dr Jan Vermaat NMBU, Norway An attempt to estimate the full societal benefits of river restoration in Europe using the ecosystem services approach. [Experiences from the REFORM project]
Dr Kristin Magnussen Vista Analyse, Norway Opportunities and challenges of the practical application of ESS with examples from water management? [As derived from  Norwegian Governmental White Paper on ESS]
Dr Eduard Interwies InterSus, Germany Utilizing the ESS approach for WFD implementation: Opportunities and challenges
Dr Sari Väisänen SYKE, Finland Can appreciation of ecosystem services explain locals’ willingness to pay for restoration of forest streams?

Guidelines for presentations

  • 15 minutes presentation - Should include a short evaluation of opportunities and constraints as well as relevance for operational management
  • 5 minutes open for questions from the workshop participants


Incoming proposals for presentation will be evaluated as they enter registration. Registered proposals for presentations will receive feedback within a week's time if their presentation is accepted.
Registration deadline has been extended to November 7th 2014.

Online registration here

Registration includes:

  • Entrance to the EurAqua – WssTP workshop at Oslo Science Park, November 18-19, 2014
  • Conference program
  • Coffee breaks & lunches November 18-19
  • Tapas November 18

Due to the capacity of the venue we might need to restrict the number of delegates. Places will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Conference fee is EUR 180

Note that the fee include VAT. Please pay your registration fee to our EUR bank account. The bank transfer must clearly state the name of the participant and the following tag: “EurAqua – WssTP workshop”. You will receive a confirmation of your payment / invoice for your accounts when you show up at the workshop in Oslo.

Payment information - International Bank Transfer

Address of the beneficiary: Gaustadalléen 21, NO-0349 OSLO, Norway, Telephone: +47 22185100
Bank/address: DNB, N-0021 OSLO, Norway
Payments effected in EUR only:
Account number:  7091 0447 325 (EUR)
Account number in IBAN format: NO43 7091 0447 325 (EUR)
Register your payment with your full name and the following tag: “EurAqua – WssTP workshop”
Please note that bank charges must be fully covered by the participant. Your bank will provide the information about applicable bank charges.


Workshop participants are offered to book their accommodation using NIVAs hotel deal with Thon Hotels. You will get special rates if you book you hotel room through Log in a Corporate Client.
Your customer number: TH38679619
Company name: FORSKNING

Thon Hotel Ullevål is the nearby hotel to Oslo Science Park.

How to get to the venue

Venue: Oslo Science Park, Forskningsparken, Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo.
The meeting will be held in the conference centre (Ciens Toppsenter), which is in Forskningsparken. To reach Ciens Toppsenter from the main entrance, walk to the entrance of the NIVA office and take the elevator to the 5th floor. There will be people at the reception to help you with directions.
By subway (T-bane):
From the city center, take line 3, 4 or 6 in a westward direction, to Forskningsparken station. Follow the signs and the footpath to Forskningsparken.
By tram:
From the city center, take line 17 or 18 in the direction of Rikshospitalet. Get off at the Forskningsparken stop.
By bus:
Take line 23 (Lysaker-Simensbråten) and get off at the Gaustad stop. Follow the signs to Forskningsparken. It is a 10 minute walk.
By car:
Drive the Ring 3 motorway. Between Gaustad and Ullevål stadium, take the exit towards Rikshospitalet. A few hundred meters before the Rikshospitalet, follow the sign to Forskningsparken.
There is guest parking in the parkinghouse.
From the airport:
From Gardermoen airport, the easiest way is to take the bus called Nor-Way Flybussekspressen, line F3 (Gardermoen – Bekkestua). Get off at the Gaustad/Rikshospitalet stop (approx. 55 minutes). Cross the footbridge over the motorway and follow the signs to Forskningsparken building. Alternatively, you can take the Airport Express Train (Flytoget) from Gardermoen airport to the Oslo Central Station. Once there, take the subway (T-bane) line 3, 4 or 6 in a westward direction. Get off at forskningsparken station, follow the signs and the footpath to Forskningsparken.

Sist oppdatert 17.09.2015