The results of a European national river continuity restoration policies review presented
Similarities and differences as well as completeness and effectiveness of the single policies were identified to determine if it is possible to create a general policy framework for river continuity restoration. Existing issues as well as succesful functions of the river (continuity) restoration policies of the single countries are analysed, discussed and recommendations on what an effective and complete policy should antail are given.
The national river continuity restoration policy of a country needs to be horizontally (synergy with other national policies and laws) and vertically (effective on all administrative levels) integrated. In general, it is necessary to combine river continuity restoration with other aspects of water management such as flood control and drought management (especially in view of climate change adaption), navigation, irrigation necessities for agriculture, hydropower generation.
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