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RESTORE: partnership for sharing knowledge & promoting best practice on river restoration in Europe

RESTORE: partnership for sharing knowledge & promoting best practice on river restoration in Europe

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  • 1. RESTOREpartnership for sharing knowledge &promoting best practice on river restorationin Europe The RESTORE project is made possible with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community and works in partnership with
  • 2. RESTORE PartnersRESTORE is implemented by 7 partners:• Environment Agency - England and Wales,• UK River Restoration Centre (RRC),• Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE),• Italian River Restoration Centre (CIRF),• Dutch Gov’t Service for Land and Water Management• Wetlands International• NIHWM - Romania
  • 3. RESTORE countriesRegional LeadsN – Finland (SYKE),E – Netherlands/ Romania (DLG),S – Italy (CIRF),W – UK (RRC).Remaining countries viawider media & communication.
  • 4. 3 years ‐ 3 stages• information collection and collation.• engagement.• knowledge transfer.
  • 5. Is European policyhelping to deliverriver restoration?• Widespread decline in river ecosystems across Europe• < 20% of European rivers in their natural physical state• Do European drivers give us all the policies we need?
  • 6. RESTORE Project review of EU policy drivers• Those which drive river & catchment restoration, e.g. WFD, Habitats & Birds Directive, Floods Directive, climate change, urban development, tourism• Those which support the delivery of river restoration, e.g. CAP, Nitrates Directive
  • 7. obstacles to river restoration implementationPolicy Spatial planning‐ inflexibility ‐ agricultural land use and ‐ alignment of multiple  practices policies ‐ multiple and competing  floodplain usesFinancial‐ limited funding Land use‐ funding arrangements ‐ requirement to purchase land ‐ land use change / planningSocietal‐ Institutional and  Other administrative boundaries ‐ promotion of hydropower ‐ (lack of) capacity building schemes‐ lack of understanding ‐ water quality‐ stakeholder involvement ‐ time scale
  • 8. Delivering RiverBasin Planning• The WFD is challenging, butsound in its conception.• Integrated water and landmanagement to secure healthyecosystems.• Not just about improving theenvironment for its own sake
  • 9. Member Good Good Change in Area of Population PopulationState (MS) Status Status Good Member State of Member density of MS 2009 2015 Status (km2) State3 (pe/ km2)Bulgaria 37% 88% +51% 110 994 7.5 M 68Czech Rep 12% 14% +2% 78 866 10.4 M 132Estonia 55% 75% +20% 45 227 1.3 M 29France 40% 67% +27% 543 965 62.3 M 115Germany 22% 29% +7% 357 027 82.2 M 230Ireland 44% 81% +37% 70 182 4.5 M 64Netherlands 4% 20% +16% 41 864 16.6 M 397UK 24% 37% +13% 242 514 61.6 M 254
  • 10. What do we mean by river restoration? Before After
  • 11. What is the approach in the western Europe?Historically single site, single funder and single policy driven • Narrower range of benefits • Smaller scale of impactIncreasing range of relevant EU policy drivers e.g. • Water Framework Directive • Floods Directive • Habitats and Birds DirectiveMore recently increasing landscape scale approaches • Multiple benefits
  • 12. Northern Region • strategic approach to fish passes • hydropower • agricultural drainage 20‐5‐2012 12
  • 13. Southern Region • historically no national databases of projects (except France) • events on cost benefit evaluations • field trips to look at restoration activity
  • 14. Eastern Region• collating case studies• holding events• improving networking  between organisations
  • 15. Conflicting Drivers
  • 16. Catchment PlanningHow to do it ? Stakeholder input Multiple sites Planned Spatial scale approach
  • 17. Ladywell fields
  • 18. Social & health benefits of a quality environment• visits increased by  73%• People stay longer• Total time spent in  the park increased • 28% of people  started visiting only  recently
  • 19. As RESTORE we are looking to reach other sectors.Can our planning systems deliver river restoration?
  • 20. Are ecosystem services the answer?
  • 21. Funding river restoration ?
  • 22. www.restorerivers.eu
  • 23. CASE STUDIESThe RESTORE database of river restoration projects is currently being developed www.restorerivers.eu 24
  • 24. RESTORE Outputs• 36 events in over 10 countries• 1200 persons engaged through events• 500 case studies on the WIKI case studies database• 90,000 persons through project outreach• International River Restoration Conference www.restorerivers.eu restore@environment-agency.gov.uk