Publications on River Restoration in Europe

This page gathers the most interesting case studies, best practices and other relevant studies on River Restoration in Europe. Feel free to download the publications and share them among your network.

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Floodplain Meadows – Beauty and Utility

In Shakespeare’s play Henry V, there is a scene, after the battle of Agincourt, where the captured Duke of Burgundy is lamenting the cost of war. He does this by conjuring up before our eyes a picture of what happens to a meadow when the men have gone off to battle and the fields lie neglected with no-one to mow them.


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RESTORE final report

The RESTORE project ran between 2010 and 2013. It launched with six European partners working to share and promote information on the best and most effective means of carrying out river restoration in Europe.

The overall mission of RESTORE was to: encourage the restoration of European rivers towards a more natural state. This delivers increased ecological quality, flood risk reduction, and social & economic benefits.

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Including Ecological Enhancements in the Planning, Design and Construction of Hard Coastal Structures: A process guide

This guidance document discusses the idea of ‘ecological enhancement’ of hard coastal structures and how it can be imbedded in the design and planning process, from conception through to construction. The guidance examines the opportunities, benefits and policy drivers for incorporating ecological enhancements where hard coastal structures are being considered, examines entry points for incorporating these considerations in the planning process, and outlines which stakeholders need to be involved at each stage.

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Estuary Edges

Estuary Edges: Ecological Design Guidance, which shows you how you can make a positive contribution to one of our most important environmental and social assets in our estuaries.

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River restoration in Europe: the art of the possible

Rivers: Engaging, Supporting and Transferring knOwledge on River Restoration (RESTORE)

RESTORE ran between 2010 and 2013. It launched with six European partners and the objective of making connections between river restoration professionals in Europe and joining existing national efforts on river restoration.
Research carried out prior to RESTORE had shown that the main problem faced by river restoration professionals is often not a lack of expertise but a lack of access to shared experiences and knowledge. To address this issue RESTORE worked to share and promote information on the best and most effective means of carrying out river restoration in Europe.
RESTORE received funding from the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Union.
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Rivers by Design

A step-by-step guide for planners, developers, architects and landscape architects on how to maximise the benefits of river restoration in development projects

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River Weirs - Good Practice Guide

This guide aims to provide advice and guidance to all parties engaged in the planning, design, construction and improvement of weirs, so as to ensure that mistakes are avoided and opportunities are not missed. It is also relevant to those involved in operation and maintenance.

The guide does not attempt to be a technical treatise. It is what it says on the cover – a guide to good practice, with the aim of pointing the reader in the right direction and warning of pitfalls on the way.

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DRAFT - Water Appraisal Guidance; Assessing the Costs and Benefits for River Basin Management Planning

This guide is being developed to assist the assessment of benefits for economic appraisal of measures which affect the water environment. This can be used for River Basin Management Planning and other disciplines where relevant.

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An Introductory Guide to Ecosystem Services

The aim of this guide is to provide an introduction to the valuation of ecosystem services. It builds on previous approaches to valuing the environment but takes a more systematic approach to the assessment of impacts on the natural environment. The central theme of this work is to ensure that the true value of ecosystem and the services provided are taken into account in policy decision making.

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Belgium river restoration case studies video

Video presentation in Brussels exploring the benefits of natural river restoration: Overview of the RESTORE project and two case study presentations from Belgium.

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