June 19th 2019, the Province of Gelderland, Vitens and KWR organised a symposium dedicated to disseminating the final results for project BINGO. The event was well attended (more than 80 attendees) by policy makers from different levels of government, scientists, NGOs and local entrepreneurs. The opening key note was delivered by the president of the Water Authority Vallei & Veluwe. She reflected on the drought of 2018 and expressed the need for a ‘blue-green vision’ for the Veluwe area. After a brief quiz to test the audience knowledge of the Veluwe, Henk-Jan van Alphen (KWR) gave an overview of the BINGO-project and the main results of four years of collaborative research. Sjoerd Rijpkema (Vitens) unravelled the Veluwe groundwater system, showing what we learned from the hydrological research in project BINGO.
After the lunch break, the attendees could choose one of four sessions that each covered a different aspect of BINGO:
- Hydrology and land use at the Veluwe
- The impact of large scale infiltration
- Co-creating knowledge with science and stakeholders
- Dealing with the effects of long term droughts
After the meetings, a small excursion to one of the brooks was planned, but due to an extreme weather event (rain and thunder), this was done in the plenary hall, with pictures of the brooks and comments by a member of the water authority.