A stakeholder meeting was held on 10 September 2020 in Szolnok, (Hungary) jointly organized by the Central Tisza Region Water Directorate and the University of Szeged, Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics. During the meeting, the results related to the revitalization and rehabilitation of floodplains in the Middle Tisza Pilot area since the beginning of the project were presented to the stakeholders and the press.
Through the presentations, the stakeholders were given an overview of the tasks performed so far related to each work package. The speakers highlighted the importance of optimizing floodplain land use. The eradication of invasive species is of paramount importance from both a flood and nature conservation point of view, as invasive plants significantly increase the roughness of the floodplain and thus the risk of flooding.
In the review meeting, the stakeholders and the press were able to get detailed information’s about the CBA analysis of the feasibility of practical interventions and the economic evaluation of ecosystem services on the example of a pilot floodplain area.
During the fieldtrip related to the stakeholder meeting, the participants were able to view the results of an already implemented floodplain rehabilitation, which serves as a model for the planned interventions (land use changes) in the Fokorú-puszta area as a pilot area in the Danube Floodplain project.
During the meeting, the stakeholders were given the opportunity to express their questions and opinions. The Hungarian Fishermen's Association asked the speakers about the possibilities of floodplain fishing, while the representative of WWF Hungary asked the speakers about the eradication of invasive species.