A-AAGORA Project Participates in “Sustainable Rivers: Bridging Local and European Initiatives”

On May 21, 2024, the historic city of Rome hosted the “Sustainable Rivers: Bridging Local and European Initiatives” event. This significant gathering brought together key stakeholders from across Europe to discuss and advance initiatives aimed at restoring our rivers and transitioning to sustainable water management practices.

We are pleased to highlight the participation of Ana Lillebø, A-AAGORA project Coordinator, who presented an inspirational case study on the Ria de Aveiro, which is part of A-AAGORA’s DEMO PT, demonstrating the significant progress our project has made in sustainable site and water management, as well as pollution reduction, through a Living lab approach.

Event Highlights

The event, organised in collaboration with BlueMissionAA and EcoDaLLI under the auspices of the European Green Deal and the EU Mission “Restore Our Oceans and Waters by 2030,” aimed to eliminate pollution while also promoting a zero-carbon and circular economy. Keynote speakers and panellists discussed innovative solutions and best practices from various European river basins.

Ana Lillebø’s presentation was a focal point of the “Inspire and Inform” session, during which she highlighted the impactful work of the A-AAGORA project on the Ria de Aveiro, namely:

  • Sustainable Practices: Implementing advanced techniques to enhance water quality and biodiversity in the Ria de Aveiro.
  • Community Engagement: Involving local communities in sustainable practices and raising awareness about the critical importance of Ria de Aveiro for the local ecosystem.
  • Innovative Solutions: Demonstrating forward-thinking solutions for managing water systems in alignment with the EU’s environmental policies.

Ana’s insights were both informative and inspiring, demonstrating how local initiatives can align with broader European objectives to create lasting environmental impact.

Key Takeaways from the Event

  1. Mutual Learning and Networking: The event provided a rich environment for learning and exchanging best practices among stakeholders from different regions and sectors.
  2. Collaborative Efforts: Emphasized the importance of collaboration at local, national, and European levels to achieve the ambitious goals set by the EU Mission.
  3. Future Directions: Identified bottlenecks, opportunities, and concrete actions to further the mission of restoring and managing river systems sustainably.

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