First stakeholders engagement workshop for the Danube basin case study was successfully held in Vienna, involving various key stakeholders in the basin to co-identify current and future water challenges and elicit water values.

On November 22nd, we convened in Vienna for the first stakeholders’ workshop of the Danube case study, bringing together key stakeholders from the Danube Basin.

The primary aim of our stakeholder engagement process is to foster a continuous dialogue among a diverse range of freshwater-related interest groups. Through collaborative efforts, we seek to indentify local water challenges while understanding stakeholder needs and preferences. This approach will be applied across all SOS-Water case studies, and the insights gained will inform the development of the Safe Operating Space for freshwater framework.

During our initial workshop, we introduced the engagement methodology, facilitated the identification of stakeholders’ values, and delved deeply into defining specific objectives, their hierarchies, and associated attributes. The day proved to be highly successful, marked by fruitful discussions and significant contributions.

The workshop was led by Dr. Simone Langhans (NIVA) and project coordinator Dr. Taher Kahil (IIASA), with the support of partners from IIASA, NIVA, IGB and EUTEMA RS.