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16th EUROPE-INBO 2018 International Conference
17 - 20 October 2018 - SEVILLE - Spain
Conference Centre of Seville Melia Hotel


"EUROPE-INBO" Group of European Basin Authorities

Dear colleagues and friends,


For all those who are already registered, please excuse this general reminder.

Please be reminded that, in just a month now, you are invited to the 16th "EUROPE-INBO 2018" International Conference, organized by the Group of European Basin Authorities for the implementation of the European Water Directives, that will be held this year in Seville – Spain, with the support of the Spanish Authorities:

From Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 October 2018 at the Seville Melia Hotel

I would like to tell you again how much your presence in this event would be appreciated and the interest of all the participants in a short presentation of your experience in the implementation of the European Water Directives and your proposals for the future, especially with the prospect of the 2019 review of the Framework Directive, and regarding the large priority topics we have selected for this great opportunity with the goal of better water management at river basin level in Europe and in neighbouring countries, especially for better adapting to the effects of climate change.

I remind to the last latecomers that they still can participate but they must be registered by return now, because registration is FREE OF CHARGE BUT MANDATORY.

You still can register, but please do it by return!!!

For your online registration

Our conference will be organized around a preparatory workshop and 4 roundtables in plenary sessions on the updated issues of the practical implementation of the Water Framework Directive and other European Water Directives, especially the Flood Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

The Water Directorates, all River Basin District Authorities, all INBO member organizations and observers, and also administrations, economic sectors and organizations, interested in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, and of its “Daughter and related Directives”, of the member and candidate countries of the European Union and of all the other countries of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia and of the Mediterranean basin, are invited to come to Seville to exchange their experiences on the implementation of these Directives and water policy, especially in the context of scarcity and climate change.

  • Workshop "Invasive Alien Species: Prevention and Management Solutions" to be held on Wednesday 17 October from 10:30 to 16:30,
  • The 4 roundtables will take place in plenary sessions on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October on the following topics:
    • Roundtable 1 - Prevention of Drought: Adaptation Planning at the Basin Level, Reuse and Desalination.
    • Roundtable 2 - Efficiency and Multiple Benefits: The Interest of Combining Hydraulic Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions to face the challenges of climate change in a scarcity environment.
    • Roundtable 3 - International Cooperation: Twinnings and Peer-to-Peer Exchanges, Neighbourhood Area, Transboundary Waters,
    • Roundtable 4 - Revision of the Water Framework Directive (WFD): Improving Coordination with other European Directives (MarineSFD, Flood, Renewable Energy Directives…).

There will be simultaneous translation into English, Spanish and French for the plenary sessions.

A technical visit will be organized on Saturday 20 October from 09:00 to 13:30, to discover the hydraulic installations of the 1992 Universal Exhibition site on the La Cartuja island, and the emblematic monuments of Seville history, such as the Spain Square (Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929), and, in the old town, the Water Street, the Cathedral and its Giralda and the Alcazar.

Our Spanish hosts invite us to a welcoming cocktail on Wednesday the 17th in the evening, to lunch-buffets on Thursday the 18th and Friday the 19th, to the gala dinner on Thursday the 18th in the evening, to the closing cocktail on Friday the 19th at the end of our work, as well as to the technical visit of Saturday, 20 October in the morning.

Any information about the event (programmes, documents, logistics) and the online registration form are available on the INBO website:


The event will be held at the Conference Centre of the Seville Melia Hotel where our Spanish hosts have negotiated a discount group price for your stay.

We invite you to book now by return, due to the limited number of rooms still available.

You can now book your room by contacting directly "Viajes Tempotours" by, specifying “EUROPE-INBO 2018”, or by phone +34 957 484 883.

I would advise you to arrive on Tuesday 16 October 2018: and, if your agenda allows it, you could leave Seville on Sunday 21 October.

Unfortunately, INBO cannot take charge of your other expenses, for land or air transport, or for hotels.


I remind you that an entry visa into the "European Schengen area" may be required for citizens of several countries neighbouring the European Union, which must be obtained before departure from your country.

I will be very happy to see you again in Seville next October.

Yours faithfully.

Jean-François DONZIER
Secretary General

International Network of Basin Organizations
Secretariat General

21, rue de Madrid
Tel. (33) - Fax (33)

E-mail :


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The previous EUROPE-INBO conferences are available online.

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