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FINAL CONFERENCE LIFE Blue Lakes and ELLA (European Living Lakes Association) constitutional event

Programme: Day 1, Tuesday 26th September 2023

Venue: Italian Geographic Society, Via della Navicella 12, Rome, Italy

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 11:00

Welcome: Giorgio Zampetti, General Director Legambiente, Italy 

  • The LIFE Programme and BLUE LAKES – Towards Zero Pollution
    Federico De Filippi, Project Advisor of European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) 

Presentations of the results and impacts of the EU LIFE Blue Lakes Project: 

  • The Blue Lakes journey: participatory processes, engagement and raising awareness of local communities on microplastics in inland waters
    Elisa Scocchera, Legambiente 
  • How Municipalities can prevent micro plastics in lakes – Experiences from Germany with the Lake Paper
    Dimitri Vedel, Lake Constance Foundation  
  • Standardisation of methodologies to determine microplastic contamination in lakes
    Patrizia Menegoni & Maria Sighicelli, ENEA
  • Training courses for sharing the Standard Protocol for monitoring microplastics in lake waters aimed at Environmental Protection Agencies
    Valentina Della Bella, ARPA UMBRIA
  • Microplastics in the urban water cycle:  sampling, detenction, occurance and removal in drinking water and wastewater treatment plants
    Anna Laura Eusebi & Lucia Pittura, Università Politecnica delle Marche 
  • Dialog oriented involvement of relevant business sectors
    Udo Gattenlöhner, GNF Global Nature Fund 
  • Improving regulatory frameworks to avoid micro plastic in lakes
    Leonardo Gatta & Manuela Ruisi ABDAC- Italian Central Apennine District Basin Authority  


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00 Round table, moderated by Enrico Fontana, Journalist, Legambiente National Secretary

  • Tania Tellini, coordinator of Utilitalia‘s water sector activities 
  • Giuseppe Bortone, AssoArpa president and Arpae general director Regional Environmental Protection Agency Emilia Romagna Region
  • Francesca Di Pippo, from IRSA-CNR 
  • Luca Lucentini, Director of the National Center for Water Safety, ISS, Superior Institute of Health  
  • MASE, Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security *tbc 
  • Ispra, Superior Institute for Environmental Protection and Research *tbc 
  • Plastics Europe, *tbc 
  • Marco Casini, General Secretary of the Italian Central Apennine District Basin Authority  
  • Francesco Fatone, International Water Association Fellow, Water Europe Ambassador 
  • Paolo Stranieri, Scientific and Technical Coordination and Projects Arpa Umbria, Regional Environmental Protection Agency Umbria Region 
  • Giorgio Zampetti, general director Legambiente 

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

The event is organised by the LIFE Blue Lakes Project in collaboration with the European Living Lakes Association (ELLA). The day continues in the afternoon with the ELLA constitutional event, open to anyone who wishes to attend.

14:30 – 15:00 ELLA (European Living Lakes Association) – Constitutional Event 

  • Strategies and objectives of the EU ELLA Project – Udo Gattenlöhner, GNF, Germany 

15:00 – 16:30

Short Presentations of the results and achievements of the ELLA project:  

  • Lakes and Climate Change in Europe
    Laura Böttges, Global Nature Fund, Germany 
  • Lake Monitoring Methodologies
    Dr Gábor Molnar, Director LBDCA Hungary 
  • Community engagement practices in lakes protection 
    Margit Säre, Director Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation, Estonia 
  • The Use of activated charcoal in water treatment
    Volker Kromrey, Director Lake Constance Foundation, Germany 
  • “Mediterranean wetlands management and restoration as carbon sinks – LIFE Wetlands4Climate”
    Eduardo de Miguel, Director Fundación Global Nature, Spain

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break 

17:00 – 18:30 ELLA & Blue Lakes Interactive Strategic Session: View to the future


Programme: Day 2, Wednesday 27th September 2023  

09:30 – 12:30 ELLA Internal Members’ Assembly

13:00 – 17:00 Field trip to Lago di Bracciano