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MERLIN | Webinar: Why freshwater ecosystems restoration makes (economic) sense - Online, 15 December

15 December 2021 16:00–17:00

On 15 December 2021, the MERLIN consortium, a ‘research and innovation action’ EU funded under the H2020 programme, organises a first of a series of webinars on freshwater ecosystem restoration. On this occasion, Sien Kok (Deltares) and Sanja Pokrajac (WWF) will explain why freshwater ecosystem restoration makes (economic) sense.


In this webinar MERLIN partners will discuss key results from a report published in 2021 by Deltares in cooperation with WWF, setting the stage on the current knowledge about the economic rationale of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in river systems, and discuss opportunities for scaling up these investments particularly in Europe.


  • Sien Kock: environmental economist at Deltares, specialised in NbS & climate adaptation
  • Sanja Pokrajac: NbS coordinator at WWF Living European Rivers Initiative, specialised in NbS and ecosystem services

The participation is free, open to everyone and without registration. If you would like to participate just contact us to receive the access information:



Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation (MERLIN) is a ‘research and innovation action’ funded under the European Commission’s H2020 programme, coordinated by the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), which will seek innovative solutions based on nature to restore the functions of freshwater ecosystems and mitigate climate change.

Aqua Publica Europea joins 43 other partners from across Europe, including universities, research institutes, nature conservation organisations, and stakeholders from business, government, and municipalities. Aqua Publica Europea will work on translating and disseminating MERLIN’s findings among European public water operators.

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