Danube Day 2019 in Slovenia
International Conference ‘Live with Water’
(Podsreda/Bistrica ob Sotli, 31 May–1 June 2019)
The main aim of conference was to enhance education (focused on primary and secondary schools) for sustainable use of water resources and to promote climate change adaptation measures in local river basins. More than 80 teachers from Slovenia and Croatia participated in the event.
The event was also joined by Péter Kovács, president of ICPDR. The participants formed and confirmed a resolution named ‘Live with water’, which was also presented and applauded at the 8th Sava Youth Parliament.
Main conclusions of the conference were the importance of integrating young people into holistic water resources management; including the planning of climate change adaptations; strengthening of cooperation at local, state and cross-border levels.
Organizers: Association of Geographers of Slovenia, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Kozjansko Regional Park, Primary School Bistrica ob Sotli.
8th Meeting of the Youth Parliament in the Sava River Basin
(Kumrovec, Vonarje, Kozjansko Regional Park, 31 May–1 June 2019)
As every year, two secondary schools from each of the Sava River Basin Countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Boznia and Herzegovina), were selected to participate in the Sava Youth Parliament on the basis of a competition entitled "Let’s cooperate for water". 40 pupils and 8 professors gathered and discussed how to harmonize different interests of water users at specific area, and how young people would resolve potential conflicts between different stakeholders or groups at local, regional and transboundary levels.
Chief organizer was the Sava Commission.
Bled Water Festival (BWF)
(Lake Bled, 13 - 14 June 2019)
The main purpose of the event is to raise the awareness of the general public about the pressing problems of water, both in Slovenia and in other parts of the world, and to offer solutions and to work on development. At the festival there were 6 expert panel sessions, 1 round table session and 6 presentations of good practices. More than 130 people participated.
This year BWF partnered also with Slovak Environmental Agency and Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.
Organizer: Institute Bled water Festival
Co-organizer: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (SI)
To see how all the countries celebrated in 2018, go to Review 2018. You can also revisit 15 years of Slovenia's Danube Day via the general Review page.
For up-to-the-minute information, please contact:
Barbara Potočnik (barbara [dot] potocnikgov [dot] si) or Aleš Bizjak (ales [dot] bizjakgov [dot] si) of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning on +386 1 478 7000.
Danube Art Master: Martina Zupan of GWP Slovenia on +386 1 4273 245; Mobile: +386 40 316 064; martina [dot] zupansiol [dot] net. Also check out the Danube Art Master on facebook.