River Restoration in Europe: The art of the possible

Posted: Thursday 3rd April 2014

RESTORE, a LIFE+ funded partnership promoting river restoration, has now published its laymanís report; River Restoration in Europe: The art of the possible in English, Finnish, French, Dutch and Italian.

Based on the findings and achievements of their three year project, and the results of the recent European River Restoration Conference, this is an agenda setting document highlighting the successes of river restoration, while also stressing the key policy and technical challenges still needed to take river restoration forward. The report provides a direction for future activities in the hope that these will be taken up by policy makers and river basin managers.

Using artificial structures such as flood walls and dams to protect homes, industry and agriculture have not solved the problem of flooding. Instead this approach has destroyed the river habitats, wetlands and floodplains which should give us with natural flood protection. River restoration and the naturalisation of floodplains work with nature to help control floods. It also provides improved natural habitats, and enhanced recreational facilities and urban and rural landscapes.

RESTORE is a LIFE+ funded project that ran between 2010-2013.

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