Live Round Table

New challenges in the management of water and aquatic ecosystems in a changing world”


  • Romina Álvarez-Troncoso (University of Vigo)
  • Manuel Graça (University of Coimbra)

Main guest

Francisca Baraza Martínez (Government Delegate. President of the Commonwealth of the Taibilla Canals)

Roundtable members

Moderator: Romina Álvarez-Troncoso (University of Vigo) 

  • Francisca Baraza Martínez (Government Delegate. President of the Commonwealth of the Taibilla Canals)
  • Eduardo La Fuente Sacristán (Head of Service. Water Station. Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura)
  • Rui Cortes (University of Tras os Montes e Alto Douro)
  • João Pádua (Labelec – EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.)

Table support and coordination of public questions: Manuel Graça (University of Coimbra)

Inland water ecosystems are providers of a large amount of ecosystem services that contribute to the well-being of society, such as water for human consumption, for industry and irrigation, source of protein, recreational activities, etc. These ecosystems maintain a high biodiversity, compromised nowadays by the intensive use of water and the territory mismanagement. In this round table we invite professionals from the academy, industry and environmental management to discuss issues related to the management of these ecosystems in the framework of European and International water management policies, contributing with their experience and knowledge of current problems to face future challenges in a climate change context, where extreme events, such as flash floods and droughts will be more frequent and unpredictable.

Roundtable guests will discuss the following issues:

1) What are the current and future challenges you face in your sector?

2) How the current model of water management and / or aquatic ecosystems in your sector fit the new European and international guidelines and policies? What are the main difficulties you find?

3) How can scientists help in water and aquatic ecosystems management to face current environmental challenges?