All aboard for Paris Final Conference

Waterways Forward’s Final Conference takes place onboard the MS Renoir in Paris, on November 7th and brings together more than 80 professionals, experts, EU and national level politicians to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the socio economic development of inland European rivers, lakes, canals and adjacent areas.

The Conference will present new and innovative insights for exploring and exploiting the great potential of these waterways for economic development and employment in line with the Europe 2020 strategic objectives.

A number of Presentations will be made by guest speakers followed by discussions on these. Subjects will include;

“The potential of inland waterways for growth” moderated by Philip Maugé of VNF and featuring presentations by;  Marc Papinutti director VNF, Nico van Lamsweerde from SRN, and the EU commissioner for Tourism. 

“The potential of inland waterways for regeneration” moderated by Christian Lefèvre and featuring presentations on; the City of Utrecht,  Great Lyon “plan bleu“, and the London, Olympics project.

Delegates will visit of the Port of Paris “port of Gennevilliers” (right) and hear about the work there from a representative of the harbour.

There then follows further presentations and discussions on the themes of;

“The potential of inland waterways for river cruise activity” and “The potential of inland waterways for green economy”.

The findings and results of the project will be displayed in an Exhibition to be held in association with the Conference. It demonstrates in a creative and innovative way the evolution of Waterways Forward and highlights the policy recommendations we’ve developed, and how we’re linking them to the Europe 2020 themes of Smart, Sustainable, and Inclusive, Growth.  It also sets out what needs to be done to realise the benefits of the economic development opportunities of inland waterways, while respecting the environment and cultural heritage.

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