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.


Regional water managers design and implement Water Framework Directive (WFD) river estoration measures, such as floodplain restoration, in good cooperation with regional stakeholders. An innovative approach to supporting this cooperation in the design process and financing of measures involves focusing on the Ecosystem Services provided by river systems. In an Ecosystem Services Approach1, the benefits of river restoration are made concrete and therefore understandable for stakeholders from different fields and levels of expertise. The structured analysis helps to identify the beneficiaries of measures and the conditions that will allow for the realisation of potential positive and negative effects.


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