Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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The Handbook for Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems in River and Lake Basin

GWP and INBO launched at the World Water Forum in Korea this handbook that draws from real-life experiences, practical examples and expertise acquired in national and transboundary basins throughout the world. It is organized by the theme and centred on the key issueslinked to managing and restoraing aquatic ecosystems. The work includes contributions from several authors who represent different approaches in this complex domain, including experts on IWRM and the environment.

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SEE River Toolkit for facilitating cross sectoral management of river corridors

The SEE River Project sucessfully developed the SEE River Toolkit, a generally applicable model and guidance how to reach common agreement on river management for the harmonisation of both - development and conservation interests. It is an innovative tool, based on local and international experience that outlines a new direction and represents a good basis for the future sustainable use of river corridors.

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Ecologically adapted stream crossings for forest roads

This manual is aimed primarily at technicians, contractors and land owners and should be viewed as an aid to the planning and construction of crossings over smaller streams on forest roads, but it can also be used for advice in the construction of smaller public road. 


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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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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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Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services

This discussion paper is a resource document that compiles background information and provides the basis for a common conceptual framework and a toolkit to ensure coherent mapping and assessment across Europe and across scales. This should be considered as a support tool for MS when mapping and assessing their national territory, to identify their national priorities and to make use of the proposed common typology of ecosystems and ecosystem services that allows for consistent aggregation across scales and comparison of results.

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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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Measures for ensuring fish migration at transverse structures

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) has published the "Measures for ensuring fish migration at transverse structures" technical paper that give practical advice to apply measures that aim to ensure fish migration at transverse structures.

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Drainage Channel Biodiversity Manual: Integrating Wildlife and Flood Risk Management

The Manual has been written to provide invaluable assistance for operating authorities engaged in the complex management of lowland drainage systems. The challenge has always been to manage the balance of benefits for flood risk management, land drainage and biodiversity. And as severe flooding has illustrated, the prospect of increased flood risk brought about by climate change means that this challenge is likely to grow in scale and complexity.

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