director ! thomas dworak
policy experts ! maria berglund ! nikolaus fleischmann ! daniela hohenwallner-ries ! magdalena rogger ! linda romanovska ! guido schmidt ! thomas thaler
event managers ! christine matauschek ! michaela matauschek
categories ! Climate Change Adaptation ! Inland Water ! Environmental Economics ! Agriculture ! Coastal and Marine !

Fresh-Projects | Inland Water

Ongoing: CC+Tourism

Environment Agency Germany | The following project identifies the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector in Germany and possible adaptation mechanisms. This implies the analysis of existing climatic data, a vulnerability assessment and collection of adaptation options as well as the strong involvement of relevant stakeholders in order to achieve  sustainable tourism in changing climatic conditions in the ...

Ongoing: Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)

EC EASME (H2020) | SIM4NEXUS will develop innovative methodologies to facilitate the design of policies and bridge knowledge and technology gaps in the field of the water-land-food-energy-climate Nexus under climate change conditions. Fresh-Thoughts leads the activities on Dissemination and ...

Ongoing: Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment — H2020_Insurance

EASME, European Commission | This project intends to operationalize a system, called the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework, that combines climate services with damage and loss information and provides a standardised risk assessment process that can assess potential losses, areas at most risk and quantify financial losses of modelled scenarios. The project intends to test and prove the Oasis LMF system through undertaking a ...

Ongoing: ETC/CCA European Topic Centre on Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation 2014-2018

EEA | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy, the Multiannual Work Programme and the specific EEA Annual Work Programme in the ...

Ongoing: Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water II

European Commission DG Environment | The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) is an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. At the same time, the EIP Water supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside of Europe. A consortium led by ...

Ongoing: EU-Iran environment and climate change exchanges

European Commission DG Environment | Support to initial exchanges between Iran and the EU on environment and adaptation to climate change, in order to develop a roadmap for cooperation on water and marine ...

Ongoing: Nexus Assessment in South East Europe

GWP-Med | Nexus Assessment in South East Europe. The tasks include Organization of work, Collection of information and data, Development of country reports and Development of the Study to identify in each country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) and in the SEE2020 region the level of integration of management of natural ...

Ongoing: Sava adaptation strategy

UNECE | The four riparian countries of the Sava River Basin (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia) ratified the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB) as a unique international agreement, which integrated many aspects of water resources management and established the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) for its implementation of the FASRB. According to the ...

Mid-term review of GIZ developpp Water Stewardship initiatives (Egypt, Honduras, El Salvador)

GIZ | In 2013, EDEKA, SAB Miller and GIZ started a strategic alliance (STA) with the aim of supporting water stewardship initiatives in several countries (Egypt, Columbia, Honduras), which is allocated at develoPPP within GIZ. Fresh-Thoughts Consulting GmbH has been contracted to develop an external mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Alliance and its ...

Good Cases of Water Framework Directive Implementation in Europe

WWF UK | The WaterLIFE team has awarded Fresh-Thoughts to research, undertake and write up 7 – 10 case studies of good Water Framework Directive delivery in Member States and contribute to the overarching Report ...

Support to the India-EU Water Partnership

AETS Consortium for EC DEVCO | The objective of this assignment is to facilitate a coherent involvement of the EU and its Member States (MS), jointly with the relevant Indian authorities, in the Clean Ganga initiative of the Government of India and establish a concrete example of EU-India relations where the EU and its MS are engaged as key players and act in a coordinated and complementary manner, to allow the replication ...

WWF Report on Irrigation Modernization

WWF ES | WWF Spain released a report in 2014, which showcased problems in ensuring a contribution from agricultural water savings to sustainability of water quantity management at the water body or basin levels. Fresh-Thoughts is assessing policy opportunities and options to overcome the existing ...

Support to Activities related to the EU Policy on Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

European Commission, DG Environment | Coastal and marine areas face a multitude of activities often causing an unsustainable development. The need for integrated coastal management (ICM) and maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe stems from increasing competition for maritime space by diverse actors and industries. The interests and activities of new and fast growing industries such as renewable energy equipment and aquaculture ...

Screening tool for the climate proofing of River Basin Management Plans

Umweltbundesamt Germany | The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) entered into force in 2000. It sets out the environmental objectives for all European surface and ground waters. The objectives of the Directive are to protect waters, preventing deterioration and protecting and improving the state of water bodies, terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands. The central element to achieving the Directive’s environmental ...

Framework contract for the Support to the Implementation of the Water Industry Directives

European Commission, Climate Action | In addition to the European Water Framework Directive, the Urban Waste Water Directive (91/271/EEC), the Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC) and the Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EC), which will be repealed from December 2014 by the new Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC), are cornerstone Directives of the EU water legislation because they significantly contribute to protecting European ...

WE@EU Web based Joint Action Plan Dynamization

WE@EU | Fresh-Thoughts supports WE@EU in the preparation and targeted dissemination of ist project's final event, addressing urban water efficiency, clusters and pan-European ...

Assessment of the status of water bodies and ecosystems in Doñana

WWF ES | WWF Spain is involved in the conservation of the Doñana wetlands since the 1960s. Fresh-Thoughts is developing an assessment review of current plans and programmes for the area against the scientific knowledge accumulated in the past decade, identifying new information, challenges, needs for updates, and ...

Development of the Luxemburg River Basin Management Plan I

Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Département de l‘Environnement | Fresh Thoughts supports the Administration de la Gestion de l'Eau (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) in the updating and completing the reports required under Article 5 and Article 11 of the WFD. In particular, the support covers the following areas: "Gap Analysis" of the 2007 reports on the status of pressures, monitoring network and the first management plan with the current ...

Development of the Luxemburg River Basin Management Plan II

Administration de la Gestion de l`Eau Grand-Duche de Luxembourg | The Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires Member States to develop river basin management plans (RBMPs), along with programmes of measures (PoMs) in order to achieve good status of water bodies.  Now in its second management cycle, the RBMPs and PoMs for Luxembourg need to be updated for 2015-2021. To this end, the environmental objectives, the monitoring programs and the analysis of ...

Potential of multi-purpose-use of the Hydropower Reservoirs of the Drin Cascade in Albania

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) | The main objective of the study is to determine the potential and limits of the multi-purpose use of the Drin Cascade. Specific objectives are to: Coordinate and consolidate the results of the study and report them to the GIZ; Estimate the economic losses due to reduced power production by an adjusted cascade management based on the results of hydrological ...

Support to ECODES Foundation (Spain)

Fundacion ECODES | ECODES Foundation has established an innovative way of working by involving an ECODES ABIERTA wider group of individuales, for driving ist activities against ambitious global targets. Within this framework, Fresh-Thoughts is providing input to the "water" ...

UNECE-Water convention

UNECE | At its sixth session (Rome, 28–30 November 2012), the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention mandated the Working Group on IWRM, in consultation with the Implementation Committee, to carry out an analysis on the needs for reporting under the Convention, taking into account the capacity of countries and other relevant reporting mechanisms. Such an analysis will serve as the basis for ...

Support to ECOSTAT Nutrients Workshop

Umweltbundesamt | This contract supported the ECOSTAT Working Group under the WFD CIS process. For the Working Group's meeting in November 2015, a report on nutrient boundaries in transitional, coastal and marine waters in the EU was developed. MS focal points were contacted to submit written answers to a Questionnaire circulated within the Working GRoup regarding the methods for setting nutrient boundaries ...

Natural Water Retention Measures in the Danube region

ICPDR | This contracted supported the ICDPR by drafting a short guide relevant on the potential synergies and conflicts in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and EU Floods Directive. The Guide included the following: Brief outline of the legal background (WFD and FD) and relation to each other including synergies and potential conflicts will be pointed out. A database ...

Water Risk assessment for Citrus production in Southern Spain

EDEKA | Within EDEKA's overall assessment to improve the environmental performance of ist supply chain at the "El Esparragal" citrus farm, Fresh-Thoughts assessed possible upscaling strategies to involve further farmers into water quantity sustainability ...

Quality Review of the book

WWF CN | WWF China requested Fresh-Thoughts to develop a strategic Quality Assurance check for a publication aimed to propose better drought ...

Evaluation of Horizon 2020 applications

European Commission, DG research | The European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy. In this frame, experts from FT have evaluated ...

Support to a Workshop on River Basin Management and Rural development Programmes in Andalusia (Spain)

WWF ES | Fresh-Thoughts facilitated a workshop for WWF Spain to identify options how Andalusian Rural Development measures (EARDF) could best contribute to the objectives of the Spanish River Basin Management ...

UNECE Workshops on Floods

Umweltbundesamt Deutschland | The main advantages of transboundary cooperation are that it broadens the knowledge/information base, enlarges the set of available strategies and enables better and more cost-effective solutions. In addition, widening the geographical area considered by basin planning enables measures to be located where they create the optimum effect. Moreover, flood forecasting and disaster management are ...

Streamlining water into Rural development Programmes

European Commission DG Environment | The revision of the Common Agricultural Policy, which started with the November 2010 Commission Communication on ""The CAP towards 2020"" , and was finalised with the publication of the relevant regulations in December 2013. These revisions have increased the extent to which water issues can be addressed by MS. Under Pillar II (Rural Development Programmes) there is an ...

Support to the IWMI

International Water Management Institute | IWMI requested our support for a proposal writing on innovative incentives to manage water sustainably and efficiently across the water – food – energy ...

Water & Sanitation knowledge networks and innovation in Bolivia

Fundacion ECODES (Ecologia y Desarrollo) for AECID (Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo) | CIMAS (Knowledge and Innovation Networks for the Environment, Water and Sanitation) is a program of the Bolivian Ministry for the Environment and Water with the support of the European Union and the Spanish Aid Agency AECID. It will run for two years (2015-2016) with a budget of €2 million and aims to foster an integrated approach and the sustainability of public water policies and ...

Strategic Environmental Assessment for the first Flood Risk Management Plan in Austria

Lebensministrium | Ft supported the strategic environmental assessment for the first Austrian flood risk management plan, by drafting the scooping and the environmental ...

Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water I

European Commission, Climate Action | The EIP Water Secretariat was established by DG Environment of the European Commission to support the kick-off and ensure high impact and good performance of the European Innovation Partnership on Water. The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges, and at the same time, supports the creation of market opportunities for ...

Support to the development of inland and coastal water project evaluation criteria and preparation of calls for proposals (Bulgaria)

Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Environment and Water | The Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and Norway funds a number of programmes in different countries and priority areas. In Bulgaria in the 2009-2014 period one of the funded programs was called “BG02” and focused an improved integrated management of Marine and Inland Waters. Fresh-Thoughts supported the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water ...

Policy insight Report - nutrient and organic Pollution in 8 river basins from Europe, North America and Africa

Stockholm International Water Institute | The study presents experiences from river basins around the world regarding the control of water pollution through nutrients (nitrogen, to be specific) and organic material. The authors have previously produced detailed reports on the physical, socio-economic and governance elements of eight river basins in Europe (Meuse, Danube, Rhine and Emån), North America (Colorado, Mississippi, ...

Climate Sensitive Flood Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

German Development Agency (GIZ) | Floods are essential events that determine the natural characteristics of an aquatic environment and its connected wetlands, as well as ensure a functioning ecology. Hence, the occurrence of flood events is a pre-requisite for a sustainable and healthy riverine structure and habitats for flora and fauna. However, flood events can severely impact the anthropogenic environment and structures and ...

International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins in Southeastern Europe

German Ministry for Environment | As a contractor to Global Warter Partnership Fresh Thoughts consulting carried out a study for the identification of the state, challenges and issues of water and energy nexus in transboundary basins of Southeastern Europe as background document for the International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins in Southeastern Europe that took place on 6 - 8 November 2013 ...

Water Framework Directive Framework contract 

European Commission, Climate Action | The implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) poses enormous challenges to the Member States as well as to the European Commission. The main objective of this framework contract was to provide advice on scientific, socio-economic and technical issues related to the WFD on an as needed basis. As part of a pan-European consortium, Fresh-Thoughts supported the European Commission in ...

Framework contract to support development and implementation of EU freshwater policies

European Commission, Climate Action | The protection of Europe’s water resources is a high priority for the European Union. Since the 1970s, the European Union adopted various legislative and policy measures to protect water from pollution and to reduce risks to human health. This development culminated in the adoption of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) in 2000 that introduced an innovative approach to ...

Assessing Water Framework Directive Pressures and Measures

European Commission, Climate Action | In 2010, the European Parliament announced that it would make €1.5 million available for a ""top down"" assessment of the RBMPs to carry out a more in-depth analysis of certain identified subjects including governance, development of methodologies, integration in the WFD programme of measures, and economic aspects and integration. The outcome of this assessment ...

Blueprint to Safeguard Europes Water

European Commission, DG Environment | This project supported the impact assessment of the Blueprint by bringing together the output of the assessment of River Basin Management Plans, the review of Water Scarcity and Droughts policy, and the Fitness Check by conducting cross-cutting analyses and linking previous studies and research projects. The main aim was to develop policy options in 7 key areas: land management, economic ...

Mekong river Basin Development Plan (BDP) Programme - Study visit to the Danube River Basin

Mekong River Commission (MRC) | The Mekong River's Basin Development Programme (BDP) 2011-2015 was designed to facilitate and support implementation of the Basin Development Strategy. The 2012 work plan included a study visit to the Danube Basin for ‘technical middle managers’ involved in the implementation of the Strategy. The objective of the study visit to the Danube Basin was to learn from basin-wide ...

Gap analysis of the EU policy on water scarcity & droughts

European Commission, Climate Action | The study synthesised knowledge on water scarcity & droughts in the EU to provide input to the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water”. The project used existing and on-going studies and research activities, data collected by inter-alia EEA, Eurostat and JRC, experiences from implementing the 2007 Communication in Member States as well as on-going stakeholder activities ...

Climate proofing of EU policies

European Commission, Climate Action | This study assessed the most significant threats and challenges posed by climate change to the EU by focussing on policy areas of particular relevance for the EU budget and where no or little action has been taken so far. To this end, the project team identified the most appropriate measures that could be taken or adjusted to address these threats until 2020 and to assess them against their ...

Status of the Water Framework Directive implementation process in EU Member States

Videncentret for Landbrug | At the 2012 Plant Congress in Denmark, which took place from 10-12 January 2012, Maria Berglund gave a presentation on the status of the WFD implementation with a focus on how the different EU Baltic Sea countries are dealing with agriculture pressures and how they designated hydromorphological water ...

Water Framework Directive & municipal enterprises

Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Österreichs (VKÖ) | Fresh Thoughts provided a training on the Water Framework Directive to representatives from community ...

EU Water pricing for agriculture

European Commission, Climate Action | The focus of this study was to provide a general overview of the use of water pricing and water allocation policies in Europe. To lay the foundation for analysing the impacts of these policies on water use in agriculture, the project first carried out an extensive literature review on the economic theory and concepts behind water pricing and water allocation policy and what this implies for ...

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Region I

German Development Agency (GIZ) | This project aimed to strengthen the capacities of relevant institutions to adapt to changes in flood patterns resulting from climate change in the lower Mekong basin. It supported the regional organization MRC and related line agencies in the four member countries in building up information and data management systems to better forecast flood patterns under climate change conditions. To this ...

Water Framework Directive and Hydropower

German Ministry for Environment, Germany | The 2nd European CIS workshop on Water Management, WFD & Hydropower was held to exchange information and experiences gained in relation to hydropower development under the Water Framework Directive. The project developed a questionnaire that was sent out to the Member States regarding the options and tools available to implement measures designed improve good ecological status (GES) or ...

Support to the International Conference on Watershed Management

German Development Agency (GIZ) | In the context of the International Conference “From Local Watershed Management to Integrated River Basin Management at National and Transboundary Levels”, Fresh Thoughts prepared and presented the keynote presentation for topic 3 of the conference on “Economics and Financing issues in watershed management perspectives from ...

Cost Effectiveness Analysis within the Water Framework Directive

Office National de l`Eau et des Milieux Aquatiques (ONEMA) France | The aim of this study was to provide an overview and evaluate the application of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) methods in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in France and in Europe. To this end, the project investigated the degree to which CEA methods are applied in France and other Member States and the role CEA plays in decision-making. The team analysed which factors ...

Agriculture in the Baltic Sea

Federation of Swedish Farmers | Fresh Thoughts supported the conference by preparing the Panel discussion by selecting the topic “Increased food and energy production with less nutrient loads?” and preparing questions for the participants. In addition, Fresh Thoughts gave a presentation on the “Implementation of the Water Framework Directive with respect to agriculture: comparison between Baltic EU ...

5th Danube Summit, Conference & Exhibition

Via Donau | The objective of the study visit by a Mekong River Commission (MRC) deligation to the Danube Basin was to learn from basin-wide planning experiences of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River to support the basin planning in the Mekong Basin. The focus was on: 1) the implementation of the Basin Development Strategy, in particular the priority actions for basin ...