Keynote Speech: Mr. Ivan Zavadsky – Executive Secretary ICPDR
Mr. Zavadsky has started his career working for the Bratislava’s Water Utility Company, and then he worked for the Slovak Government in different senior management positions in the fields of environment and water management for more than 15 years. Since 2001, he managed two UNDP/GEF regional projects in the Danube River Basin and Black Sea region assisting 17 countries in the implementation of a regional convention such as the DRPC, addressing the nutrient pollution and ecological rehabilitation of the Black Sea from eutrophication, which in the late 80s led to the development of one of the largest “dead zones” in the world. From 2007 until mid-2013, he worked for the GEF Secretariat, where he was responsible for the technical and financial review of complex regional programmes and projects in the GEF International Waters focal area. In this capacity he cooperated extensively with GEF project beneficiary countries, GEF agencies (e.g. WB, EBRD, UNDP, etc.), multi- and bi-lateral donor organisations and regional water conventions and commissions. Lately, as the Coordinator for the GEF IW Focal Area, he has led the development of the GEF IW Strategy for the next, the 6th GEF cycle. Since August 2013 he works in the Permanent Secretariat of the International Commission for Protection of the Danube River as Executive Secretary to this Commission.
Mr. Adam Kovacs- Technical Expert Pollution Control (ICPDR)
Adam Kovacs is a civil engineer with specialization in water quality management. He graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He received a PhD in water resources management from the Vienna University of Technology. He worked in the academic sector as professor and research assistant for 12 years focusing on water quality modelling and management. Since 2013 he has been working as the Technical Expert on Pollution Control at the Permanent Secretariat of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. He coordinates the technical work of the Pressures and Measures Expert Group, Accident Prevention and Control Expert Group and Nutrients Task Group.
Degradation of soils and food security
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