Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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ECRR TECHNICAL Newsletter 1 - July 2019

In this newsletter various types of articles like on the development of the Russian River Restoration Centre underlines that river restoration is a universal concept that can be brought into practice under different geographical and governmental circumstances. Then an article on the riparian vegetation zones, explains how crucial the knowledge on these and the exchange of it is for the management and the ecological and hydromorphological restoration of rivers. On the other hand, the article on the label for “Wild Rivers Site” shows the importance of conserving or even restoring free flowing living rivers and the continued labeling of river sites meeting the set of requirements for such a label. In another article, the described Danube WildIslands makes visible the importance of river islands in biodiversity conservation and the dynamics of river morphological processes, like the re-allocation of sediment. This all makes very clear why the European Water Framework Directive and related water directives are so important for maintaining or achieving the Good Ecological Status or Good Ecological Potential in European waters. The article on ECRR’s WFD Review Submission and the EUROPE-INBO 2019 Conference are indispensable activities to support this. But also indispensable for this are the public celebrative activities of the World Fish Migration Day and the World Rivers Day for a broader audience. And those who want to learn more, could register for the amazing conference on the free flowing Sélune, with a couple of dam removals at the same time. In addition, it will be worth to participate in the Clean Water of Russia 2019 Conference for a better understanding of the developments of the Russian river restoration approaches and activities. Finally, for a wider audience the event calendar offers other knowledge issemination and networking opportunities.

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ECRR Response to the Public Consultation to inform the Fitness Check of the EU Water Framework Directives and related Directives.

The ECRR is an independent Association, free to voice opinions, irrespective of the interest of partners and supporters. ECRR's main review conclusions are:

  • It is generally not the WFD and RBMP instrument causing problems in achieving results.
  • The aspect that fails is the implementation at the local, regional and national levels.
  • Failing is often based on conflicting objectives, lack of policy coherence or lack of political willingness and understanding.
  • ECRR remains very supportive of the WFD and does not want to see it or its ambitions weakened.
  • The WFD fits very well with the concept and vision of river restoration promoted by the ECRR.
  • This concept and vision fits very well with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aim to restore degraded and destroyed ecosystems.
  • It is likely if the requirements for the WFD are lowered, then the status of rivers will not be subject to as many restoration actions at either a national or EU scale.

Download the full report: ECRR Submission to WFD Review 2010.3.19.pdf

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ECRR Newsletter 2-2018 July

The content of this ECRR Newsletter shows that the river restoration and river management communities are more, and more together on the move for more and better river restoration activities. The articles about the IS Rivers 2018 Conference and the GWP-CEE Summer School 2018 ‘Towards Agenda 2030’ witness a real drive by the youth and the science. Then the articles of the winner of the UK River Prize 2018 ‘Hill to Levels’, the French river continuity restoration approach and the Yecla de Yeltes Dam Removal, in Spain prove that the (best) practices are available.

The DriDanube Project article on the ‘Drought Risk in the Danube region’ describes an advanced approach for monitoring, early warning and impact assessments of droughts for the development of a strategy to improve drought emergency response.

A number of informative announcements are in this issue highlighted as well: The World Rivers Day on the 23rd of September, a handbook presentation ‘From sea to source 2.0’ on river connectivity restoration, and a call for cooperation on knowledge about all aspects of riparian vegetation by the COST CONVERGES Action. We want to remark the 16th EUROPE-INBO 2018 International Conference on the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive will be held in Sevilla, Spain and finally the international river restoration event calendar is updated extensively.

Newsletter ECRR 2018-2-July.pdf

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Dam Removal: A viable solution for the future of our European Rivers

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

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The Participation of Stakeholders and the Civil Society in the Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquafiers.

Nowhere in the world is there a single manager who is solely responsible for the governance of freshwater resources, their related structures and services! If the national administrations and their agencies enable to define the institutional framework, to implement and manage the main structuring infrastructure and then to mobilize part of the funding, the regional and local authorities, like the States of a federation, the Provinces or the municipalities, but also farmers, companies, fishermen and other economic stakeholders play a key role, with the associations and NGOs, for mobilizing the citizens and carrying out many local projects that contribute to the success of the River Basin Management Plans. The implementation of many decisions is only possible when there is a strong commitment and if all public and private, collective or individual stakeholders concerned are mobilized.

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ECRR Newsletter 3/2017 December

With this issue of the ECRR Newsletter it appears that there is an increasing interest to publish about ecological river restoration. Moreover, there is a certain development in the type of articles about this item. The content of the articles on river restoration shows nowadays more diversity than in the past. This proves to our opinion, that river restoration is becoming more and more a well known and even cross cutting activity, not only related to nature conservation and protection of specific flora and fauna species. Ecological (river) restoration, defined as the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or estroyed, is more and more recognized as an activity being key to delivering essential cosystem services (Aichi Biodiversity Target 14).

Newsletter ECRR December 3/2017.pdf

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AN ANALYSIS OF RIVER FRAGMANTATION IN THE SPANISH RIVER BASINS

Rivers are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world (Dudgeon et al 2006), especially affected by the longitudinal disconnection of the fluvial systems. Longitudinal connectivity in rivers is an extremely important concept that is altered by human activities such as flow regulation produced by dams, weirs and other barriers, disrupting the upstream-downstream linkages in the river (Ward 1989). The loss of longitudinal connectivity in rivers is a major problem worldwide as a result of the dam development (Gought et al. 2012).

Dams and weirs are necessary for human activities; they support agriculture and industry, provide water for human consumption, prevent flooding and also generate electricity. All this makes the dams important for society and, for this reason, they is no general intention to manage the passability of these obstacles.

Spain is one of the countries with the largest number of damsin the world. The existence of more than 1,500 large dams is documented (MAPAMA 2016). Of the total, 353 are state-owned and 1185 belong to private owners.

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Délimiter l'espace de bon fonctionnement de cours d'eau

La coordination générale de ce travail a été réalisée par Benoît Terrier et Stéphan Stroffek (agence de léau Rhône Méditerranée Corse)

L’orientation fondamentale 6-A du SDAGE Rhône Méditerranée 2016-2021 préconise de restaurer ou préserver un espace de bon fonctionnement pour atteindre le bon état écologique des cours d’eau. Elle vise aussi à optimiser le développement des différents usages, pour l’actuel et pour le futur, et faire en sorte qu’aucun d’entre eux ne s’exerce au détriment des autres : « La restauration d’un bon fonctionnement hydrologique et morphologique doit être génératrice de bénéfices durables, tant pour les milieux, quelle que soit la dimension des masses d’eau et leur localisation, que pour les activités humaines au travers des services rendus par les écosystèmes ».

Guide-tech-SDAGE-EBF-cours-d-eau.pdf

 

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Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

This report is an indicator-based assessment of past and projected climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and society. It also looks at society's vulnerability to these impacts and at the development of adaptation policies and the underlying knowledge base. This is the fourth 'Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe' report, which is published every four years. This edition aims to support the implementation and review process of the 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy, which is foreseen for 2018, and the development of national and transnational adaptation strategies and plans.

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