The workshop at the District Office in Wejherowo was attended by representatives of institutions linked to the water management, spatial and flood risk management, environmental protection and agricultural advisory services. The discussion succeeded in formulating the first conclusions, the implementation of which will bring another planned project activities.
The meeting was opened by Mrs. Gabriela Lisius, District Administrator of Wejherowo. She has found project issues as important to the protection of Reda catchment area and expressed hope for constructive effects of the first of a series of workshops. The next speaker was Mr. Andrzej Tonderski, representing POMInnO – one of the two Polish MIRACLE project partners. After welcoming the guests, he has presented the main objectives of the project, emphasizing the role of an open social learning as a prerequisite for their success. He has defined the objectives and innovative methods used in the project, its structure and main foundations, both substantial and personal.
Mrs Halina Burakowska from IMGW-PIB in Gdynia, project Partner, has developed this statements, emphasising the significance of ecosystem services as a background and inspiration for the project activities. She presented the main current socio-economic and environmental problems of Reda identified by IMGW as well. Mr. Tomasz Walczykiewicz from IMGW-PIB in Kraków has been speaking about Reda’s catchment area available data and the project methods (including HYPE- software as a environmental scenario simulator). He collected the opinions of the participants. Thanks to the active participation of the audience it was easy to pre-verify the data and determine where further consultation is needed.
Having defined the most important issues, participants of each institution familiarized themselves with the perspectives, limitations and aspirations of the other. So it has become possible to define the most important problems such as:
– lack of a solid, efficient synchronization between planning documents (i.e. maps) and rapidly emerging investments
– shortage of retention solutions which limit the risk of flood; administrative, financial, legal, social, problems, which are affecting their development
– lack of sufficient control over the investments in flood vulnerable areas, difficulties in the consistent avoidance of managing these areas for housing,
– lack of a unified, accessible to users and not questionable methodological database focused on potential and / or planned investments and water consumption in the Reda catchment area,
– need to establish long-term perspectives of management in accordance with applicable laws, including the phenomenon of climate change, sustainable development principles and all other known circumstances.
Mr A. Tonderski, the Moderator, has summed up the four-hour meeting, asking for tips on the missing stakeholders’ groups. He also informed about distribution of data repositories for consultation. It was generally accepted, that Mr Michał Machnikowski (Wejherowo District – Environment) will be local contact point for Reda catchment of the MIRACLE Project.