EFIB AEIP 2016 Conference conclusions

Fluvial bioengineering has played a leading role throughout the conference since the event was framed within the “Hidrologikak, ibaitikbadiara, from the river to the bay” DSS2016 European Capital Project. In this project, from the perspective of the landscape understood as territory, culture and society, a rapprochement between the fluvial functioning and the society has been tried. Particularly, in the overall “From the river to the bay” project, the conference represents the Culture and for doing so internationally renowned experts were present in the event coming from many different countries(mainly from Europe). There were more than 150 attendees of which half of them came from the Basque country. The other half came from the rest of the Iberian Peninsula and Europe.

We can summarize the conclusions of this conference in the points

  1. Soil and water bioengineering offers hydraulic solutions allowing for fluvial ecosystem recuperation
  2. The importance of an active citizenship involvement in both fluvial management and fluvial ecosystem conservation
  3. An integral river restoration plan requires dedicating part of the project budget for negotiating and ensuring fluvial space.
  4. The soil and water bioengineering application criterion is “just as necessary but as soft as possible”
  5. Soil and water bioengineering work design can be enriched by means of a more detailed analysis of the beneficial effects in ecosystem services terms.
  6. Soil and water bioengineering is in a constant evolution with new research lines offering a deeper technical knowledge and favouring the use of nearby materials: the circular economy
  7. A more intense contact and interaction with the media is necessary in order to improve the dissemination of both soil and water bioengineering techniques use and the accumulated sector experiences and background. This is a clear outstanding task within the soil and water bioengineering sector.