Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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A comprehensive assessement of stream fragmentation in Great Britain

Highlights.

  • Ground truthed first assessment of stream fragmentation across Great Britain.
  • Existing barrier databases underestimate stream fragmentation by at least 68%. 
  • There is at least one artificial barrier every 1.5 km of stream in Great Britain. 
  • Only 3.3% of the total river network of Great Britain is fully connected. Only 1% of the rivers in England, Scotland and Wales are free of artificial barriers.

Download: A comprehensive Assessment  of stream fragmentation in  Great Britain.pdf

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ECRR TECHNICAL Newsletter 1 - July 2019

In this newsletter various types of articles like on the development of the Russian River Restoration Centre underlines that river restoration is a universal concept that can be brought into practice under different geographical and governmental circumstances. Then an article on the riparian vegetation zones, explains how crucial the knowledge on these and the exchange of it is for the management and the ecological and hydromorphological restoration of rivers. On the other hand, the article on the label for “Wild Rivers Site” shows the importance of conserving or even restoring free flowing living rivers and the continued labeling of river sites meeting the set of requirements for such a label. In another article, the described Danube WildIslands makes visible the importance of river islands in biodiversity conservation and the dynamics of river morphological processes, like the re-allocation of sediment. This all makes very clear why the European Water Framework Directive and related water directives are so important for maintaining or achieving the Good Ecological Status or Good Ecological Potential in European waters. The article on ECRR’s WFD Review Submission and the EUROPE-INBO 2019 Conference are indispensable activities to support this. But also indispensable for this are the public celebrative activities of the World Fish Migration Day and the World Rivers Day for a broader audience. And those who want to learn more, could register for the amazing conference on the free flowing Sélune, with a couple of dam removals at the same time. In addition, it will be worth to participate in the Clean Water of Russia 2019 Conference for a better understanding of the developments of the Russian river restoration approaches and activities. Finally, for a wider audience the event calendar offers other knowledge issemination and networking opportunities.

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ECRR Newsletter 3-2018 December

This newsletter testifies how a part of ECRR's mission 'Connecting people and organisations working on river restoration and management' is brought in practice in different manners, like by the questionnaire about ECRR communications, the ECRR general members meeting, participating in conferences and seminars, stimulating national river restoration centres, supporting of the WFD Review campaign and the call for collaboration on  river barrier location, removal and mitigation in Europe. By this way, already only in a couple of months hundreds to thousands of people are directly and/or indirectly contacted and connected.

Newsletter ECRR 3-2018.pdf

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Presentations on river restoration and WFD implementation

To the occasion of the ECRR General Members Meeting a mini-symposium was organised by STOWA the National Centre for Stream and River Restoration in the Netherlands. The general theme was 'River restoration & WFD implementation'. An European and 4 national views from this perspective were presented to the 50 participants of the symposium in the morning, followed by a field exscursion in the afternoon.

OpeningPresentationGMM2018 ErnestdeGrootSTOWA.pdf

ECRRViewonRiverRestorationandWFDimplementation MartinJanes ECRRTheRRC.pdf

SystemAnalysisasbasisforriverrestoration BasvanderWalSTOWA.pdf

RiverbasinconnectivityrestorationinFinlandJukkaJormola.pdf

Enhancedriverrestoration&WFDimplementationNorway AndersIversenNorway.pdf

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Case studies on river continuity restoration by weir removal in France!

The Agency for Biodiversity, also the National Centre for River Restoration in France provided us 6 case studies on river continuity restoration by weir removal in English language. These case studies are also included in the RiverWiki, but these information sheets give other, additional information about the projects.

1. REX2018_ALAGNON_GB_v2BD.pdf

2. REX2018_ERVE_GB_v3BD.pdf

3. REX2018_LEFF_GB_v2BD.pdf

4. REX2018_MARIA_GB_v2BD.pdf

5. REX2018_SIENNE_GB_v1BD.pdf

6. REX2018_SOANAN_GBv2BD.pdf

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Dam Removal: A viable solution for the future of our European Rivers

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

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Restoration of river continuity: model initiatives across France and Europe.

Summarry  of a day workshop organised by the French Agency for Biodiversity on 9 November 2017 in the Paris region (Ile-de-France), with the Yvette valley hydraulic-development syndicate (SIAHVY) and the regional nature park of the upper Chevreuse valley during the 1st European Centre for River Restoration General Members' Meeting held in France.

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The Participation of Stakeholders and the Civil Society in the Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquafiers.

Nowhere in the world is there a single manager who is solely responsible for the governance of freshwater resources, their related structures and services! If the national administrations and their agencies enable to define the institutional framework, to implement and manage the main structuring infrastructure and then to mobilize part of the funding, the regional and local authorities, like the States of a federation, the Provinces or the municipalities, but also farmers, companies, fishermen and other economic stakeholders play a key role, with the associations and NGOs, for mobilizing the citizens and carrying out many local projects that contribute to the success of the River Basin Management Plans. The implementation of many decisions is only possible when there is a strong commitment and if all public and private, collective or individual stakeholders concerned are mobilized.

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The Handbook on Water Information Systems; Administration, Processing and Exploitation of Water-related Data.

Access to data and information on the status and evolution of the water resource and its uses is a crucial component for any water policy implementation. Unfortunately, the necessary data are often produced and managed by several organizations in different sectors, with little coordination among themselves and in many cases the information available for decision making and public information is not fully adapted to the needs. Today, efforts must be increased to develop the production and the access to water-related data and information in an effective and sustainable way, developing synergies, combining the various resources and data sources, and using procedures and tools adapted to needs.

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