The Moving Rivers Webinar Series aims at creating a space for inter(trans) disciplinary dialogue between PhD researchers and project partners: International/national NGOs, water policy and advocacy institutes, government water management institutions, and civil society water platforms. These webinar series take place every two months and seek to actively promote exchanges between theory and practice on river regeneration, social-ecological justice, and the formulation of more equitable water policies.
The session on the 8th of September critically explored how past-present-future connections of river imaginaries have influenced and are influencing river management in the context of climate change adaptation. Lotte de Jong will reflected in particular on the Border-Meuse river trajectory, where a large-scale infrastructure project is implemented as a nature-based solution to climate change. Future imaginaries and the power-knowledge relationships of these futures, initiated by gravel extraction, indicate how some futures materialize while others still struggle for recognition. While Carles Sanchis Ibor looked at the issue of rivers not only as flows of water, but also as flows of sediments. From this perspective, both flows are not constant, they are pulses of energy that occur sporadically and suddenly in intermittent and ephemeral rivers. Carles also reflected about river imaginaries, river management problems and their lack of social recognition.
Lotte de Jong
Carles Sanchis Ibor