Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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Benefits of European River Restoration Schemes

The analysis has been carried out through a review of existing databases, including the LIFE+ RESTORE wiki, the FP7 REFORM wiki, and some national databases. This report aims to underpin the replication of successful river restoration initiatives across the regions and to give suggestions on how to improve the way that European water policy can be implemented.

Benefits of European River Restoration Schemes.pdf

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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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River Talk video: Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick sits down with Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency to discuss the state of Europe's rivers and how a systemic approach is needed to address the challenges facing Europe's environment. This is one of the seven River Talk videos filmed at the European River Restoration Conference.

 

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River Talk video: Author and Journalist Fred Pearce

Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick sits down with acclaimed journalist Fred Pearce to discuss his impressions of the European River Restoration Conference, the potential for rivers to lead the way in the current century of ecological restoration and the need to engage society. This is one of the seven River Talk videos filmed at the European River Restoration Conference.

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River Talk video: European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik

Wetlands International CEO, Jane Madgwick sits down with Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment to discuss the EU's commitment to rivers, how river restoration can help meet the goal of good ecological status of Europe's rivers and the 1st European Riverprize. This is one of six River Talk videos recorded at the European River Restoration Conference.

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Belgium river restoration case studies video

Video presentation in Brussels exploring the benefits of natural river restoration: Overview of the RESTORE project and two case study presentations from Belgium.

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Water resources in Europe in the context of vulnerability

The Vulnerability of Europe's waters is increasing. The natural cycle of water availability is now coming under threat from a variety of different pressures, exposing water ecosystems and societies to man-made shortages and excesses of water. This European Environment Agency report details the pressures on rivers and other freshwater ecosystems and examines options for integrated and sustainable water resource management, including restoration.

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Historic Meeting Held on the Danube Salmon (Hucho hucho): The Largest Salmon in the World

The Danube Salmon is the largest in the world. This article from the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, highlights the proceedings of the latest meeting of the 50 specialists who are dedicated to understanding the biology and current threatened status of this important fish.

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Restocking of the European catfish (Silurus glanis)

Over the last 100 years regulation of rivers, coupled with other anthropogenic impacts on the environment, has led to a large decrease in the European catfish population. Breeding and restocking programs in Sweden aim to improve the conservation outlook.

 

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Greening the European Cohesion Policy

Cohesion policy will represent over one third of the Budget of the European Union between 2014-2020. Intelligently investing cohesion funds can help restore the environment, create employment and rejuvenate the local economy at the same time.

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