On 21-22 June 2022, the Policy Learning Platform travels to Spain for a peer review hosted by Quart de Poblet, Comunidad Valenciana. This peer review will focus on governance and collaboration for river restoration and blue green infrastructure.
What will it be about?
Quart de Poblet Town Council wishes to improve the governance structure of the Túria river courses and their surroundings, as part of the town’s green infrastructure (biodiversity restoration and conservation of rivers, wetlands and their surrounding landscapes). The long-term management, restoration and conservation of these sensitive ecosystems involves a wide range of parties and involves exploring the governance of the river environment taking into account its technical, legal and public policy aspects.
Under the moderation of Astrid Severin, Thematic Expert on environment and resource efficiency, and Thorsten Kohlisch, Project Manager of the Policy Learning Platform, this peer review is structured around two learning blocks :
- Effective collaboration on river management and restoration (how can we structure a relationship and strategic governance framework for a more effective collaboration between different public administrations, and in parallel, between these administrations, non-profits and other social actors?)
- Specific tools for public-social-private partnerships (e.g. river stewardship agreements, management of river public domain and private lands, river contracts or social tendering. Can we improve these, or propose others, with comparative innovation experiences?)
The international team of experts that will travel on spot to provide input and share their own experience is composed by:
- Alexandra Maccario, Ville de Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
- Constanze O'Toole, The Rivers Trust, Ireland
- Francesco Scorza, University of Basilicata, Italy
- John Jones, Norfolk County Council, United Kingdom
- Jose Ramon Díez López, University of the Basque Country, Bizkaia, Spain
The peer review is an invitation only event. However, key learnings of the peer review will be published afterwards in a follow-up article on the Interreg Europe website.