Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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Improved regional cooperation in design and financing of river restoration measures by using the Ecosystem Services Approach - Practical insights for regional water managers

This study was financed by the Dutch Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu and the German Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit as part of their acivities in the context of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and Lakes (adopted 1992 in Helsinki, short: Water Convention) and by Nidersäksische Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz.

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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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6th European River Restoration Conference report

Special edition newsletter presents a selection of the conference workshop sessio, keynote speaches, panel discussions, field excursions and River Talk interviews.

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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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RESTORE het layman’s report: LIFE09/INF/UK000032

RESTORE's Layman's Report has been translated into Dutch: Rivierherstel in Europa: de kunst van wat

Het RESTORE layman’s report is meer dan een projectrapport, het is een document dat op basis van de resultaten van RESTORE een aantal belangrijke agendapunten naar voren brengt. Het rapport gaat ook over de tijd na RESTORE en bekijkt de belangrijke uitdagingen inzake het beleid en de technische problemen die nog steeds overwonnen moeten worden om rivierherstel te bevorderen.

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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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B3 EU Policy Drivers for River Restoration

This report forms Action B3, part of the RESTORE project’s communication activities. The purpose is to share knowledge and experience that will be of value to all partners and stakeholders and to inform future policy debate.This report sets out the key drivers and EU legislation and policies that have led to a need to call upon the toolkit for more complex and integrated forms of floodplain and catchment river restoration. It specifically identifies the most significant barriers and constraints that need to be overcome in EU Member States. Examples of good practice are also referenced to facilitate an exchange of information between stakeholders within and across different Member States.


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Predicting the river morphology after River Restoration: the methodology VALURI


This poster proposes a tool which river managers may need to ascertain whether the key idea of River Restoration is valid, i.e. that rivers in more natural status are desirable not only for pure environmental reasons, but also to combat flood and geomorphic risk.

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Using Science to Create a Better Place

This report outlines the background, methods, findings and recommendations from a study into the application of ecosystem services in two case studies: the Tamar catchment and the Alkborough Flats managed realignment site. Both case studies were on historical schemes, acknowledging that further benefit could be derived from the ecosystems approach applied proactively to schemes in the planning or inception stage in order more effectively to engage appropriate stakeholders, frame problems, explore alternative solutions and agree priorities.

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