28-29 January 2020, Brussels, Belgium

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Location: Brussels, Belgium
Workshop Date: 28-29 January 2020
Information: The European Stakeholder Workshop on Fish-friendly Hydropower was held on 28-29 January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

This event served as a platform for consultation and exchange between FIThydro scientists, policy-makers and technical experts working on the assessment of impacts from hydropower plants and the planning of mitigation measures.

This workshop was organised in the context of FIThydro, a 4-year EU-funded H2020 research project (2016-2020), which addresses decision support in commissioning and operating hydropower plants by use of existing and innovative technologies. FIThydro concentrates on mitigation measures and strategies to develop cost-effective environmental solutions and on strategies to avoid fish damage and enhance population developments.

Technical results from FIThydro research were presented, that can directly support better and more transparent implementation of EU and national policies for renewable energy production and aquatic ecosystems protection. Participating experts gave their feedback on the added value of tools developed by FIThydro for decision-making and to exchange on the needs for further research and action for more fish-friendly hydropower.

Workshop Topics List of topics for this workshop:

  • Tools to support risk assessment at hydropower plants (e.g. risk classification system for fish species, assessment of cumulative impacts)
  • Risk-based Decision Support System for planning, commissioning and operating hydropower plants
  • Knowledge sharing on tools for planning, implementing and monitoring mitigation measures
  • Challenges and opportunities for fish-friendly hydropower related to the current EU policy framework
  • Cost-effective and applicable solutions for key impacts from hydropower plants, especially related to fish mortality at turbines and during downstream migration, at rivers with hydropeaking orand in residual flow stretches
  • Selection of cost-effective combinations of mitigation measures
  • Lessons learned on public acceptance of hydropower and hydropower technologies
  • Added-value of collaboration between scientists and hydro-power operators in current and future projects
Host Organization: Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Venue: Herman Teirlinck building of the Flemish Government
Havenlaan 88
1000 Brussels
Directions to the venue are available here
Programme: The programme is available here
Contacts Please, feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions concerning this workshop:
Dr. Eleftheria Kampa: eleftheria.kampa@ecologic.eu
Lea Berg: lea.berg@tum.de
Jennifer Reck: fithydro-eu@ecologic-events.eu
Gallery: Photos are available here

Summary Report: The summary report is available here
Presentation slides: The presentation slides are available here