See wiser website for models on the relationships of restoration measures and their effect



The conceptual models are used to illustrate the relationships between three common restoration measures (riparian buffer instalment, instream mesohabitat improvement, weir-removal), its effects on instream environmental key variables, and eventually the impact of changing variables on benthic algae, macrophytes, benthic invertebrates and fish.


Restoring Europe's Rivers - lunchtime seminar - 27th February


RESTORE lunchtime seminar, which will be held on 27 February 2013 at the Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11- 19, B-1000 BRUSSELS - http://www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-berlaymont-brussels/en.  There will be some snacks from 12:30 with talks between 13:00 and 14:00.

This event is free however please register at: restore@environment-agency.go.uk
Rivers provide many services and restoration can significantly increase those provided by a healthy ecosystem. These services, which should be recognised by decision makers, include flood management, groundwater recharge, pollution control, recreational opportunities and increased property values due to the increasing demand for more natural surroundings.
This lunchtime talk, sponsored by EU Life+ RESTORE partnership, will examine how Europe is working to reconnect our river channels with their natural floodplains, and look at the role that urban regeneration and development is playing in helping to deliver river restoration projects.

Toni Scarr, Project Manager, RESTORE
Martin Janes, Managing Director, UK River Restoration Centre
Yves Herbert, partner and principal designer at Joining Nature and Cities
Renaud Bocquet (to be confirmed),  Leefmilieu Brussel - BIM / Bruxelles Environnement

RSPB applauds estuarine habitat creation project in Yorkshire, England


Outstanding success for Yorkshire, England habitat replacement scheme

A project to provide replacement coastal habitat in East Yorkshire is proving an outstanding success from the outset.

The new wetlands scheme, at the mouth of the Humber Estuary near Spurn Point, has recorded a dramatic increase in the number of wading birds.


The first European River Prize now open for submissions


The IRF has recently formed a partnership to deliver a European Riverprize for the first time in 2013. The IRF European Riverprize will celebrate successful approaches that have overcome the challenges to river restoration, ecosystem health, water quality and climate change within the social and political context of the European continent.

Judged by a panel of European experts and administered from the IRF Europe office in Vienna, the first IRF European Riverprize will be awarded in 2013 - International Year for Water Cooperation. The prize will be awarded at the European Centre for River Restoration annual conference in Vienna. Please click here for a list of eligible countries.

Applications will be assessed based on a documented river management framework, evidence of social and economic gains, an integrated approach to river management, long-term vision and demonstrated, outstanding achievements in river ecology.

The European winner will qualify as an automatic finalist in the Thiess International Riverprize the following year. PLEASE also add any river restoration case study submitted on to the River Wiki

link to enter prize