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ECRR is the key network to promote and build capacity for river restoration across greater Europe.                    | ECRR's members and 2500 followers actively share their knowledge and experiences.                                           | ECRR has chosen river continuity  restoration as a guiding theme for its promotion plans,  activities and communications.                                                                                #12 | 5 October, 2020


Publications Events
Anders Iversen Norwegian Environment Agency at the opening of the 11th National Seminar on River
The Norwegian Environment Agency ,as ECRR member invites every year some international speakers. As their presentations were very worthwhile with respect to the latest developments of river restoration practices and knowledge, we would like to invite you to watch the presentations by clicking on the titles:
  1. Restoration of Rivers in France, Josée Peress, Office Français de la Biodiversité
  2. Mapping and removal of migration barriers in Europe, Herman Wanningen, World Fish Migration Foundation
  3. The Great Rewetting: how to restore 50 million hectares of peatlands until 2050, Professor Hans Joosten, Greifswald Mire Centre, Germany
The seminar Seminar was held 10/11 September 2020 as a webinar and had more than 400 registered participants and was opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Climate and Environment Maren Hersleth Holsen.
On Tuesday, 15 September a "Strategy Reveal & Engagement Kickoff" webinar was held and more than 2,500 comments informed the final strategy guiding the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade will be officially launched in 2021. But you can already call for action on restoration now by joining the movement:

Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security - a Massive Open On Line Course (MOOC)

GWP, GEF IW:Learn and Partners have opened a MOOC on “Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security.” The aim is to bring together countries that share freshwater resources – giving them the skills to cooperate so that the shared resource is managed sustainably for the benefit of each country’s population. The self-paced MOOC is available on the SDG Academy platform - it is free and open to everyone - but especially designed for professionals who manage and make decisions about transboundary waters in ministries and river basin organisations, as well as young professionals and future leaders in transboundary waters, including undergraduate and graduate students.


This MOOC presents multiple facets of governance for transboundary freshwater security – from financing mechanisms to negotiation skills – while emphasizing the urgency of sustainable development and cooperation at many levels. It extends from basic building blocks and concepts to advanced thinking about transboundary governance, and it applies theory to practice through examples and case studies. The topics of the MOOC are covered in six modules, ranging from the fundamentals of transboundary water security to international water law, water diplomacy, negotiations, institutions, management tools, and sustainable finance. 

Sign up for the course on the SDG Academy platform (open from 31 August 2020).

ELP launches new tool to help prioritise funding for restoration funding in Europe
The Endagered Landscape Programme announced that an ELP-funded Enabling Project launched a tool to help practitoners and donors demistify the funding landscape for ecosystem restoration in Europe. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme World ConservationMonitoring Centyre (UNEP-WCMC) and Flora & Fauna International (FFI), the project aims to capatalise on a growing understanding that we must do more than simply conserve the nature we have left in Europe- that we must work to restore what has been lost.

The 1.5 year project, entitled Mapping the Funding Landscape for Restoration in Europe, has gathered information on ecosystem restoration projects from the last decade, across all of Europe, to address a lack of data on how those projects were funded. Holly Brooks from UNEP-WCMC says, “With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration beginning next year, this project provides important baselines to measure ecosystem restoration targets against, whilst also highlighting areas where further funding is needed.” The Decade is expected to act as a catalyst for setting ambitious restoration targets and commitments, but to achieve these there will need to be an increase in both the amount of funding available for restoration and its coordination.

The project’s newly launched report, entitled Funding Ecosystem Restoration in Europe, contains a high-level analysis of what was funded, where, by whom, how much and for what purpose. It is accompanied by a freely available database of over 400 ecosystem restoration projects which were analysed to inform the report.
Between 2010 and 2020, a total of €1.247 billion was committed to 412 marine, freshwater and terrestrial European ecosystem restoration projects identified in this dataset. Projects covered a vast array of ecosystems and were implemented by a range of practitioners – from small-scale, locally-managed restoration sites, to multinational, multisectoral restoration projects.

World Fish Migration Foundation Managing Director, Arjan Berkhuysen says: "Catastrophic losses in migratory fish populations show we cannot continue destroying our rivers. This will have immense consequences for people and nature across the globe. We can and need to act now before these keystone species are lost for good'.

Habitat degradation, alteration, and loss account for approximately half of the threats to migratory fish. Wetlands are essential habitats for migratory fish species, but, globally, wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests2, while dams and other river barriers block fish from reaching their mating or feeding grounds and disrupt their life cycles.

Over-exploitation, such as unsustainable fishing and accidental by-catch account for around one-third of the threats to these populations. Furthermore, populations are threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis as changes in temperature can trigger migration and reproduction, causing these events to happen at the wrong time, and therefore mis-align reproduction and the period of greater food availability in a specific habitat.

Find here the Technical Report

Welcome to the Finnish Restore and Remove Seminar on 27th of October! 

The Finnish Water Restoration and Management Network warmly welcomes you to the Restore and Remove Seminar on 27th of October. Because of Corona virus COVID-19 the seminar is held as a webinar and by using remote access system (Teams).
The themes for the Finnish Water Restoration and Management Network Seminar are fish habitat restorations and migratory fish. The seminar is arranged annually and for the eighth time nationally and third time internationally in Finland.
The seminar is open for all. The first day of the seminar is an international day with an emphasis on fish habitat restorations and improving the conditions of migratory fish populations. The second day of the seminar is a national freshwater restoration day, with Finnish as the main language, and where themes include catchment-scale restorations and networking.
Sign-up for the seminar starts on August 24st, 2020. The seminar has places for 250 participants.
Info about sign-up
SYKE´s training and education and sign-up here (in Finnish).
22nd RRC Annual Network Conference
27th & 28th April 2021

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