Second International Meeting of the World Large River Initiative (WLRI)
Vienna, Austria, 27–28 June 2016 (IHP-UNESCO)
ICWRGC participate in the collaborative and interdisciplinary World’s Large Rivers Initiative (WLRI) which aims to create the knowledge base required for a holistic scientific assessment of the state of the WLRs and to promote their integrated and sustainable management.
The specific objectives are:
- To analyse the current state and the future development of the WLRs, including the impact of medium- to long-term climate change, land-use alteration, and direct human pressures.
- To establish a platform to build, facilitate, and harvest hydrological science synergies between countries and to provide education and training at technical and tertiary level.
- To develop innovative strategies for the sustainable management of the WLRs for the benefit of both humans and nature, while recognising the individuality of rivers.
- To develop synergies between ecological targets and economic development.
- To promote IWRM, taking into account the potential impact of climate change including uncertainties.
- To strengthen integrated use, conservation and restoration of WLRs (including upstream-downstream interactions).
- To guide and to sustain type-specific hydrological and hydraulic conditions.
- To provide the knowledge to preserve or restore the continuum of water, biota and sediment and sustain or improve sediment transport and fluvial morphodynamics in order to achieve the best attainable conditions.
- To provide guidance to achieve water quality goals, recognising the individuality and specific conditions of each river.
- To assess future trends of river hydro-morpho-ecodynamics in order to develop and test adaptation and mitigation strategies.