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Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker
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Green week presentation eu rivers - Chris Baker

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Richer river environments through …

Richer river environments through
restoration: policy opportunities and
challenges

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  • 1. Richer river environments through restoration: policy opportunities and challengesChris Baker, Head of Strategy and programme Wetlands and Water Resources22nd May 2012
  • 2. Restoration • Ecological river restoration refers to a  large variety of measures aiming at  restoring the natural state and  functioning of the river and the riverine  environment. • Ecological River Restoration is an integral  part of sustainable water management  • River Restoration is eco‐system based 
  • 3. Why is river restoration relevant and important now?• Increased pollution• Water shortages• Increased disaster risk• Ecosystem services provide options• River Restoration is a cross‐cutting tool  – Sustainable – Cost effective – Multiple benefits are possible
  • 4. Existing policy environmentRestoration drivers• Water Framework Directive and Flood Risk Management Directive – WFD Programme of measures  – Flood risk management planning  – But, limited use of River restoration as a tool• Habitats Directive – Conservation and restoration of ecosystems – Focus on biodiversity rich areas – Important driver of restoration Restoration Delivery• Supporting delivery of river restoration – E.g. Nitrates Directive, CAP
  • 5. Typical river restoration characteristics• Biodiversity focus• Limited size and scope• Single policy goals• Regionally focused on west and north• ‘Nice to do’ ‐ not a mainstream water  management option
  • 6. Innovative river restoration• Landscape scale / multi‐ reach / catchment• Multiple benefits• Complement water  management objectives• Complex planning and land  management• Resource and time intensive• Regional bias to west
  • 7. Case: Lower Rhine River An integrated landscape approach Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands• Socio-economic value• Ecological value• Aesthetic/ cultural value• Sustainability
  • 8. Agri-Environment review• Agricultural policy can be a means to deliver river  restoration. E.g.  – Buffer zones  – Re‐flooding floodplains• Greening of farmer payments – link to  environmental outcomes• Cross compliance to the WFD
  • 9. EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy• 2020 headline target• “Halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation  of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and  restoring them…”• TARGET 2: MAINTAIN AND RESTORE ECOSYSTEMS  AND THEIR SERVICES – By 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained  and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and  restoring at least 15 % of degraded ecosystems – Action 6: Set priorities to restore and promote the use of  green infrastructure
  • 10. Green Infrastructure• Development of Green Infrastructure Strategy• Green Infrastructure Working Group• Strategically planned and delivered network of high quality green  spaces and other environmental features• Multifunctional resource capable of delivering a wide range of  benefits and services• River restoration builds green infrastructure (WWF 2011)
  • 11. Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s Water Resources• Problem 3: Land use impacts and in particular agricultures  impacts threaten water  quality and quantity across much  of Europe and deregulate water flow increasing water  scarcity and flood risks.  – Guidance clearly defining a EU framework for green infrastructures – Develop guidance for integrated water – land‐use management – Enhance scope of SEA• Problem 9: Costs and benefits of inaction and of water  related measures are not properly understood or  quantified – A methodology for the calculation of costs and benefits that  includes environmental resource and ecosystem services costs
  • 12. Challenges • Policy cross‐compliance • Policy implementation – Incentivisation – Planning  – Target setting – Capacity – Knowledge and know‐ how
  • 13. REFORM Develop and improve  instruments and guidelines  that enlarge the success and  cost‐effectiveness of  restoration and mitigation  measures to achieve the www.reformrivers.eu ecological objectives of the  WFD
  • 14. RESTORE and ECRR
  • 15. Thanks! www.wetlands.orgwww.restorerivers.eu

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