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Scarr A. UK EA, River Restoration Best Practices
 

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1. Environmental conditions in European rivers ...

1. Environmental conditions in European rivers
2. River restoration
3. Status of river restoration in Europe
4. RESTORE Project review of EU policy drivers
5. Obstacles to river restoration implementation
6. Consensus on river restoration best practices as a means to support delivery of European policy goals
7. Solutions and way forward

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  • Why s this important? Threat to biodiversity - Threat to quality of life - Loss of the ecosystem services that have (potential) value - Loss of opportunity for cost effective solutions to other water management challenges – water quality, flood risk management, ecotourism etc - In some parts of Europe threat to traditional land-use systems and (at least partly) livelihood of local communities. At present large number of European rivers are failing to achieve GES as required by the WFD due to hydromorphology. This is the reason RESTORE project was developed. The challenge is to better manage existing ecosystems but also to reverse degradation and partly or fully restore ecosystems – and link/connect to the next slide.
  • Why RR? What do we try to achieve? How?
  • Must tackle what river restoration is and what it can achieve here. RR in Europe is typically single site, single funder and single policy driven which results in narrower range of benefits and smaller scale of impact. There’s increasing range of policy drivers which contribute to flood risk reduction, to increased biodiversity, climate change adaptation… Recent policy shifts require a larger-scale more holistic and integrated approach to restoration
  • … a review of drivers that promote complex and integrated forms of floodplain and catchment river restoration A range of EU Directives or national legislation / policies and implementation programmes led to an actual demand for river restoration tools and techniques and these can be generally grouped into two categories – see above Drivers - they drive the delivery of RR because restoration offers a means of meeting the objective of the Directive ior policy Supporters - they support delivery of RR through wider environmental improvements
  • Cut or at least reorientate to present the 3 solutions
  • Step/Stage 1 – Collection and collation of information: to address the need to understand and promote best practice in RR across Europe by providing communication platform
  • Step/Stage 1 – Collection and collation of information: to address the need to understand and promote best practice in RR across Europe by providing communication platform

Scarr A. UK EA, River Restoration Best Practices Scarr A. UK EA, River Restoration Best Practices Presentation Transcript

  • River Restoration Best Practices: Important tools to enhance river management and works in partnership with The RESTORE project is made possible with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community
    • Environmental conditions in European rivers
    • Widespread decline in river ecosystems across Europe
    • < 20% of European rivers in their natural physical state
    • Threat to quality of life and biodiversity
    • Loss of the ecosystem services that have (potential) value
    • Threat to traditional land-use systems and livelihood of local communities
    • Large number of rivers failing to achieve WFD/GES due to hydromorphology
    • 2. River restoration
    • Restoring the natural state and functioning of the river and the riverine environment
    • A large variety of management activities including reconnecting river channels and their floodplain
    • 3. Status of river restoration in Europe
    • Historically single site, single funder and single policy driven
      • Narrower range of benefits
      • Smaller scale of impact
    • Increasing range of relevant EU policy drivers
      • Flood risk reduction, increased biodiversity, CCA…
    • More recently increasing landscape scale approaches
      • Multiple benefits
      • Experiences biased to northern and western European regions
    • Need to gather, develop and share information on best RR practices to support the implementation of EU Directives
    • 4. RESTORE Project review of EU policy drivers
    • Those which drive the delivery of river and catchment restoration,
    • e.g. WFD, Habitats and Birds Directive, Floods Directive
    • Those which support the delivery of
    • river restoration,
    • e.g. CAP, Nitrates Directive
    • Policy
    • inflexibility
    • alignment of multiple policies
    • Financial
    • limited funding
    • funding arrangements
    • Societal
    • Institutional and administrative boundaries
    • (lack of) capacity building
    • lack of understanding of RR
    • stakeholder involvement
    • Spatial planning
    • agricultural land use and practices
    • multiple and competing floodplain uses
    • Land use
    • requirement to purchase land
    • land use change / planning
    • Other
    • promotion of hydropower schemes
    • water quality
    • time scale
    5. Obstacles to river restoration implementation
    • Challenges
    • Limited awareness of planners and practitioners
    • Insufficient access to best practice
    • Geographical variation in understanding and capacity
    • The RESTORE project and the 6th World Water Forum process will seek to tackle these challenges.
    6. Consensus on river restoration best practices as a means to support delivery of European policy goals
    • 7. Solutions and Way forward
    • Support policy makers and practitioners
    • to make more informed decisions
    • 1. Consensus on river restoration best practice
    • - What is best RR practise and how is this needed by different countries?
    • 2. Communication of information to key target audiences
    • - Engage stakeholders, establish networks and build information resource
    • 3. Stimulate integrated catchment approaches
    • 8. Round table discussions on policy drivers
    • 14:45 – 15:30
    • What do you regard as the principal drivers for restoration in your country and why?
    • e.g. WFD, Habitats and Birds, Floods Directive; Land Use Planning, CAP.
    • In general what do you regard as the main obstacles to delivering river restoration?
    • And what are the opportunities to support you delivering river restoration?
    • What knowledge do you need to help you deliver river restoration?
    • 15:30 – 15:45
    • Reporting
    • Please contact us about your:
        • River restoration needs
        • Experiences of river restoration
    and works in partnership with The RESTORE project is made possible with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community Miss Antonia Scarr Environment Agency [email_address] Romana Gaspirc Wetlands International [email_address]