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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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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Policy and Economic Analysis of Floodplain Restoration in Europe

Emerging from the project ‘Wise Use of Floodplains – a demonstration of techniques to evaluate and plan floodplain restoration’, this paper presents the results of an analysis of all WWF river and floodplain restoration projects in Europe during the last ten years.  Major constraints and ‘lessons learned’ are summarized, and illustrated with case studies.

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A Handbook of Constructed Wetlands Vol. 1

This Handbook has been prepared as a general guide to the design, construction, operation,
and maintenance of constructed wetlands for the treatment of many types of wastewater and runoff.

The first of five volumes, this provides information common to all types of constructed wetlands.

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Guiding Principles for Constructed Treatment Wetlands

This user’s guide to constructed water treatment wetlands provides:

  • Guiding principles for planning, siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of constructed treatment wetlands.
  • Information on current Agency policies, permits, regulations, and resources.
  • Answers to common questions.
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Free Water Surface Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

This document assesses the application, performance, and scientific knowledge of free surface water (FWS) wetlands to treat municipal wastewater and to meet other societal and ecological needs.

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Cyclic Floodplain Rejuvenation

Following the 'sea change' in the Dutch approach to flood risk management - making 'room for the river' - the 'IRMA-SPONGE' programme was set up to achieve "the development of methodologies and tools to assess the impact of flood risk reduction measures and scenarios" in order "to support the spatial planning process in establishing alternative strategies for an optimal realisation of the hydraulic, economical and ecological functions of the Rhine and Meuse River Basins".

This report from the Programme focuses on Cyclic Floodplain Rejuvenation, highlighting lessons learnt from some case studies.

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Geomorphological Change and River Rehabilitation

This doctoral thesis presents a synthesis of some key examples of geomorphology in action, set within the context of river restoration.

It introduces and highlights the importance of a functional-geographical understanding of geomorphology for effective spatial planning where river systems are concerned, using several very in-depth case studies.

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Guidelines on How to use floodplains for flood risk reduction

These guidelines are an output from the "Ecoflood Project: Towards natural flood reduction strategies", the main objective of which was to promote the use of floodplains as natural flood defence measures, while at the same time optimising other compatible functions and values through conservation and restoration.

They are mainly intended for use by policy- and decision-makers requiring specific guidance on assessing, initiating, funding and carrying-out such schemes.

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