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Alpine Space needs in terms of water & energy nexus

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 31st December 2014

Within the objective of increasing the share of renewable energy sources (RES-e Directive), hydropower (HP) is still considered to be the most important source in the European Alps. On the other hand, it is proven that HP water use creates serious environmental impacts. Hydropower production influences and affects the morphological character, the hydrological regime and consequently negatively affects the aquatic biota of the aquatic ecosystem, which in many cases leads to a deterioration of the ecological status of water bodies, contradictory to the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).

The recognized conflict between hydropower production and consequences on the aquatic ecosystem has been addressed in various projects and activities across the Alps in the past years. Nevertheless, there is still a need to harmonize objectives of water resources management, hydropower production and aquatic ecosystem conservation, hereafter termed the water-energy nexus.

To provide an overview of past and present attempts on this matter and to propose future activities in the related fields for the European Alps, the project, Alpine Space in Movement - targeted to water and energy capitalization (AIM) was granted by the Alpine Space Programme (ASP). On the basis of stakeholder discussions and the overview of relevant documents on EU, regional and local levels, the goal of the AIM project is to produce guidelines for the ASP period 2014-2020.  The core issue is to define needs related to strategic planning, cooperation among institutions/administrations and commonly agreed decision-making tools in the water-energy nexus.
To support the elaboration of the above-mentioned guidelines for the ASP programming period 2014-2020 from the aspect of the water-energy nexus, the following activities/deliverables were proposed and approved within Work Package 4 of the AIM project:

- R4.1 Database and report on the ASR needs regarding “renewable energy, resource efficiency & ecosystem management”;
- R4.2 Informative factsheet table of selected project results and achievements - with the most important tools & instruments available to stakeholders;
- R4.3 Evaluation and assessment of accomplished and foreseen results of selected projects;
- R4.4 Report on project results in terms of economic valorization of ecosystem services;
- R4.5 Database/report on weak points from the interconnection between selected project's results and ASR targets.

Download the AIM deliverables!
(Milan, Italy, 10th January 2015)

AIM WebGIS database
(Milan, Italy, 9th January 2015)

WP5 deliverables are now available for download!
(Vienna, Austria, 9th January 2015)

Alpine Space needs in terms of water & energy nexus
(Ljubljana, Slovenia, 31st December 2014)

Outcomes from panel discussions and interviews with stakeholders
(31st December 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar, PRELIMINARY AGENDA
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Water for the world initiative
(Milano, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Alpine Space 2020 Conference
(Salzburg, Austria, 21 October 2014)

AIM project promoted by the French press
(Megeve, France, 11 October 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar, SAVE THE DATE
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Questionnaire about WATER-ENERGY-NEXUS!
(Milan, Italy, 17 September 2014)

European River Restoration Conference
(Vienna, Austria, 27 - 29 October 2014)

Alpine Freshwater Habitats – River Restoration Workshop
(Zvolen, Slovakia, 4 September 2014)

Course on how to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins
(Delft, The Netherlands, 17-28 November 2014)

Sustainability and future - Thematic pole 4. Low carbon communities
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(Munich, Germany, 11th – 12th June 2014)

AIM project presented on the Alpstar project Final Conference
(Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27th May 2014)

Meeting with Kyoto Club
(Milan, Italy, 18 February 2014)

AIM leaflet and brochure
(Milan, Italy, 15 March 2014)

Brainstroming seminar with stakeholdes in Slovenia
(Ljubljana, 12-13 February 2014)

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(Gazzada Schiano, Italy, 26 November 2013)

Kick-off meeting and Brainstorming Seminar with stakeholders in Vienna
(Vienna, Austria, 20-21 November 2013)

Pre-Internal meeting in Milan
(Milan, Italy, 28-29 October 2013)

Meeting with SEAPAlps coordinator in Milan
(Milan, Italy, 10 October 2013)

SedAlp Advisory Board Meeting
(Feldkirch, Austria, 23-24 September 2013)

Lead Partner Seminar in Munich
(Munich, Germany, 10-11 September 2013)