The special event “Smart Ways To Improve River Connectivity” organized by the project AMBER and FIThydro will take place on June 29th – online and for free.
Rivers rank among the most threatened ecosystems in the world, but also among the most valuable to society. Therefore, a large amount of funding is made available for restoration programmes. Conflict over water is not only one of the most widespread global stressors, but can also have an impact on nature and people. For centuries, dams and weirs have been built to control floods, improve navigation, provide supply for drinking water or irrigation, create or enhance recreation opportunities, as well as a means for hydropower production. However, these dams and weirs also fragment the river systems, which is especially evident in Europe.
One of the major challenges to achieving a good ecological status of European rivers under the Water Framework Directive is to reduce the fragmentation of stream habitats caused by these man-made barriers, many of which are no longer in or of use. Improving stream connectivity, therefore, has been flagged as one of the priorities for more efficient stream restoration.
For such improvement measures, it is important to consider the challenges and opportunities of both, the ecological aspects as well as the benefits that dams provide for society. The event will take place in form of a webinar, held on June 29th. It will explore the tensions caused by the need to draw water and generate hydropower from European Rivers and the impacts dams and other barriers have on ecosystems and habitats, as well as the way novel technologies and adaptive management can help restore stream connectivity in more efficient ways.
AMBER and FIThydro event: Smart Ways to Improve River Connectivity
Zoom | Monday, 29th June 2020 | 10:00 – 14:00 ECT
For the webinar, we will bring together 12 speakers from the AMBER and FIThydro projects from around Europe to discuss river fragmentation and better ways to manage and mitigate barrier impacts
The webinar will be divided into three sessions with two breaks in between. Join us as we unveil the first-ever river barrier map and discuss a new framework for reconnecting Europe’s rivers!