100% free and accessible to everyone, a new Danube Floodplain Online Course is an incredible opportunity to help you better understand the whole concept of floodplain management, show you examples of floodplain restoration measures, and explain how to apply tools and knowledge developed by the project itself. Last autumn, more than 120 participants learned the skills and knowledge for better floodplain management. Due to big interest, the course is re-opened again!
"We see a great interest to manage floodplains in sustainable way and to better preserve habitats and improve ecosystem services using integrated approach. The re-opened Online Course is providing us with an opportunity to continue building capacities for innovative and integrated action" - said Anna Smetanova and Sabina Bokal from by Global Water Partnership Central and Easter Europe.
“Join the Danube Floodplain Online Course to get more conscious about the effects of floodplain degradation and environmental changes, and to learn tools to avoid them” - added Francesca Perosa from Technical University of Munich.
Danube Floodplain project has been driving the development of the course and Razvan Bogzianu and Cristian Rusu from Romania Waters (coordinators of the Danube Floodplain project) said that the “Online Course offers the opportunity to share experience and science in a language accessible to broad categories of people, promoting the results of science in a concrete and tangible way.”
The course fills an important gap towards better floodplain management in lines with Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) and Water Framework Directive (WFD).
Online Course was coordinated and produced by Global Water Partnership Central and Easter Europe with contributions from Danube Floodplain Project partners. Together, 23 experts from Danube region brought their experiences to lectures and case studies. Course modules cover following topics:
- The principles of floodplain management and its relevance to EU legislation;
Lessons learned when putting the management and restoration theory into practice;
Technical aspects, such as modelling, ecosystem services valuation, and ecohydrological effects of invasive species;
Benefits of stakeholder engagement, the principles of feasibility studies, and cost-benefit analysis;
How to use newly developed tools for evaluating and visualizing floodplains and their restoration potential.
“This online course offers the opportunity to non-professionals to learn more about the basics of hydrologic and hydraulic modelling to better appreciate the results of the science” - said Prof. Markus Disse from Technical University of Munich.