Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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River Restoration and Biodiversity

This IUCN document provides the blueprint for how to move ahead with river restoration. The messages are:

  • ​Healthy rivers are important for people and nature, but much historic damage has caused serious problems that now need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
  • River restoration s important for achieving biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
  • Working with nature allows us to achieve many otherwise conflicting objectives.
  • Working, with natural processes and natural flood management, is a cost-effective response to changing climate.


Well-planned river restoration may benefit physical habitat and biodiversity in the short term, but realising the full benefits takes longer particularly at (large) catchment scales. Restoration techniques that encourage natural processes and help rivers to recover by themselves are recommended.

There re four key processes described that underpin natural river habitat and biodiversitythat restoration techniques should aim to restore. And the report makes 20 recommendations for policy makers and practitioners to promote and imporove river restration.



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