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Floods in Poland

Floods in Poland:
Interreg IV B Baltic Sea projects shows that sustainable river basin management is needed

The current floods experienced in Poland are a result of complex hydrogeological mechanisms, but they also show how important the sustainable management of river basins is. Withouth proper care and planning, drainage areas along rivers may be damaged and this may make them more vulnerable to floods. The Interreg IVB Baltic Sea Project "Waterpraxis" tries to understand the complexity of river basins across the Baltic and, by means of case studies in the participant countries (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden), it will suggest some measures which may optimise the use of the resources of river basins in the region.

Waterpraxis offers concrete support towards the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Flood Directive and gathers the relevant stakeholders in the field. Details on the Waterpraxis project can be seen at:


World Climate Teach-In Day: Q&A Session

World Climate Teach-In Day:
Q&A Session with the Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme

As part of the World Climate Teach-In Day (4th June 2010), organised by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) led by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Dr. Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme, will be available for a Q&A session. The session will be held from 10am to 12am (GMT +1, i.e. Central European Time) at the event´s web site:

Dr. Alcamo is also co-founder and co-Chair of the Global Water System Project, set up by four international global change research organizations to promote a global perspective on water research and policy. Furthermore, he is on leave as Director of the Center for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Kassel, Germany and Professor of Environmental Systems Science and Engineering. Dr. Alcamo received his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Alcamo has been working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 14 years and has been a lead author of many of its reports, including the report published in 2000 in which the IPCC presented scenarios of future greenhouse gas emissions. He has published five books on global environmental themes and his fifth book, "Environmental Futures", has recently been published by Elsevier and is the first book-length description of the methodology of environmental scenario analysis. Joseph Alcamo has also been a leading author of the global report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP`s recently published report on the worldwide environment entitled "A Global Environmental Outlook - 4."

For his contributions to the development of global modeling, and for his applications of global models to policymaking, Alcamo was co-winner of the 1998 Max Planck Research Prize, an international prize jointly awarded by the Max-Planck Society and Humboldt Foundation of Germany. He was the first environmental scientist to win the award. Professor Walter Leal, Chairman of ICCIP and organiser of the World Climate Teach-In Day: "we are delighted that Professor Alcamo has joined the World Climate Teach-In Day and I am sure his wide experience and knowledge on matters related to climate change will not only enrich the event, but will also give people the opportunities to ask questions and get very reliable answers".

Details on the World Climate Teach-In Day can be seen at:


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5th BUP Rectors Conference

Åbo Akademi University 100 years

The 5th BUP Rectors Conference will be held in Turku the 24 - 26 January 2018. For further information and also the registration form please see the Rectors Conference web site.

The conference is a part of the 100 year celebrations at Åbo Akademi University.

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