Tonheim Norway restoration seminar - Toni scarr

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Restaurering av vassdrag - Nasjonalt seminar 2013. RESTORE (LIFE+) and REFORM (FP 7) projects, and RiverWiki presentation - 21st November 2012

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Tonheim Norway restoration seminar - Toni scarr

  1. 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. 2. RESTORE partners:• Environment Agency• UK River Restoration Centre,• Finnish Environment Institute,• Italian River Restoration Centre,• Dutch Gov’t Service for Land & Water Management• Wetlands International• NIHWM - Romania
  3. 3. What do we mean by river restoration? Before After
  4. 4. 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• The WFD is challenging, but sound in its conception.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Member Good Good Change Area of Population PopulationState (MS) Status Status in Good Member of Member density of 2009 2015 Status State (km2) State3 MS (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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Southern Region • historically no national databases of projects (except France) • events on cost benefit evaluations • field trips to look at restoration activity
  9. 9. Eastern Region• collating case studies• holding events• improving networking between organisations
  10. 10. Conflicting Drivers
  11. 11. A Catchment Based Approach
  12. 12. Integrated Catchment Management InnovationRegulation Collaboration
  13. 13. Good farming practice supports a range of uses
  14. 14. As RESTORE we are looking to reach other sectors.Can our planning systems deliver river restoration?
  15. 15. Are ecosystem services the answer?
  16. 16. CASE STUDIES River Wikihttp://riverwiki.restorerivers.eu 17
  17. 17. www.restorerivers.eu
  18. 18. 26-11-2012 Delivering River Restoration: Recipes for 19 Success
  19. 19. Objectives of REFORMAPPLICATION 1. Select indicators for cost-effective monitoring (WP6) 2. Improve tools and guidelines for restoration (WP6)RESEARCH 1. Review existing information on river degradation and restoration (WP1) 2. Develop a process-based hydromorphological framework (WP2) 3. Understand how multiple stress constrains restoration (WP3) 4. Assess the importance of scaling on the effectiveness of restoration (WP4) 5. Develop instruments for risk and benefit analysis to support successful restoration (WP5)DISSEMINATION 1. Enlarge appreciation for the benefits of restoration (WP7)

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