Workshop “Environmentally Sustainable Management and Maintenance of the Inland Waterways”

end:  21.10.2008.start:  21.10.2008.
venue:  Belgrade (Serbia)
In 2007, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) initiated an informal cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As a result of the cooperation, the Workshop “Environmentally Sustainable Management and Maintenance of the Inland Waterways” was organized by the ISRBC with support of the USACE, and hosted by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, on October 21, 2008, in Belgrade (Serbia).

General Topics of the Workshop were:
  • Management of Inland Waterways
  • Fairway Design
  • Dredging Research
Objectives of the Workshop were:
  • To introduce regional stakeholders (primarily institutions engaged in waterways management, maintenance and construction) with the experience and best practices of the USACE.
  • To present practice of regional experts in development and maintenance of inland waterways.
  • To present the first ever “Joint Statement on Guiding Principles for the Development of Inland Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Danube River Basin”, that was created in a year-long interdisciplinary process led by the ICPDR, the Danube Commission on Navigation and the ISRBC.
  • To present the newly prepared “Feasibility Study and Project Documentation for the Rehabilitation and Development of Transport and Navigation on the Sava River Waterway”.
  • To initiate a direct cooperation between US and regional experts to identify possible approaches for sustainable development of the inland waterways in the Sava River Basin.
In closing, it was concluded that:
  1. the Workshop is just the beginning of communication between governmental institutions, universities, civil and business sector, that should be maintained in future;
  2. application of an integrated, interdisciplinary and risk-based approach is essential in future projects related to development of inland navigation;
  3. several innovative approaches that can be used in future projects and contribute to environmentally sound solutions in developing the inland waterways were presented;
  4. the Joint Statement provides a solid framework for future projects and the Sava project is seen to be a next example of its implementation;
  5. the ISRBC will make efforts, in cooperation with the two Danube commissions, in organizing such meetings in future.
Back-to-back with the Workshop, a meeting of the USACE experts with representatives of the Sava countries, responsible for inland waterway transport (i.e. ministries, agencies and port master offices), was held in “Plovput”, Serbian Directorate for maintenance and development of inland waterways, where possible modes of cooperation and further steps were defined. The program was completed by a short boat trip on the Danube and Sava rivers in Belgrade.



Belgrade Workshop Information and Final Program


Belgrade Workshop Presentations 21-10-2008


List of Participants


Dejan Komatina, Secretary
Secretariat of the International Sava River Basin Commission
Nova ves 11, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel. +385 1 488 6961
Fax + 385 1 488 6986
E-mail: dkomatina@savacommission.org
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