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Publications Events

ECRR Feedback in support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030


For the ECRR the Strategy for the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration is an important opportunity to highlight successes and achievement, but also some areas of concern in the planning and implementation activities and work, specifically in relation to river restoration planning and implementation. River (freshwater) restoration refers to a large variety of ecological, physical, spatial and management measures and practices that aim to restore the natural state and functioning of river systems. Restoring rivers also reconnects other linked ecosystems and the services they provide, including: water quality, biodiversity and habitats, flood safety and green infrastructure. By restoring natural conditions, river restoration promotes healthier, more resilient freshwater ecosystems that support a wide range of ecosystem services. See the figure of the Ministry of Environment of Sweden.
In Europe, it is generally not the existing statutory instruments causing problems in achieving results. The regulation itself (e.g. Water Framework and Habitats directives) are clear and well justified. The aspect that fails is the implementation at the local, regional and national levels. This is often based on conflicting political objectives, lack of policy coherence or lack of political willingness, understanding and resourcing, that often negatively influence restoration implementation. This is developed further in the
recent ECRR response to the EU water directive fitness check.

ECRR is strongly supportive of the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and would like to see a clearer statement of the Vision, a merging of the Strategy and the communications Strategy and a more targetted and better laid out document that has clear ambition across the differing, clearly-defined ecosystem types and their restoration opportunities.

Download the ECRR Feedback Document.
Norwegian Strategic Water Courses Restoration Plan 2021-2030

The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has given the Norwegian Environment Directorate the task: to develop a proposal for a strategic plan for the restoration of watercourses for the period 2021-2030.
The UN has designated the years 2021-2030 as the decade for ecological restoration. The proposal for a strategic plan in Norway should aim to fulfill international environmental objectives under UN Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 15, Aichi Objective 15 under the Convention on Biological Diversity, Norway's obligations under the EU Water Directive, as well as national environmental goals for rivers and lakes to "maintain good ecosystems, and provide ecosystem services".

The Ministry proposed to strengthen in 2020 already  the work on restoring watercourses, so that the implementation of priority restoration measures in the River Basin Management Plans is stepped up. It was also clarified that the follow-up of restoration measures in the River Basin Management Plans should be given priority in the grant scheme for General Water Status Measures, where the economic allocation for these grants has also been increased for 2020.
The proposal for a strategic plan should be drawn up in consultation with other relevant  directorates, and as far as possible build on existing knowledge and activities, where each sector authority is responsible for identifying and restoring physical impacts under its area of competence.
As a first phase, the Ministry wants the Norwegian Environment Directorate to prepare a proposal for a strategic plan that describes what approach is proposed, possible prioritization criteria, a plan of progress including when the first draft concrete action plan can be expected to be finalized, and how the various authorities will contribute. Synergy with ongoing work on updating Management Plans should be pursued . The potential for win-win solutions between improvements in the aquatic environment and nature-based climate adaptation (flood mitigation and storm water management) should be included in the proposal for a strategic plan.

The proposal for a strategic plan should set out that specific action plans should be prepared with alternatives for increased allocation of resources for watercourse restoration in the relevant sectors. The proposal for a strategic plan should set out that specific action plans should be prepared with alternatives for increased allocation of resources for water course restoration in the relevant sectors.

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The Endangered Landscapes Programme Projects 2019
Through its Project Implementation Grants, the Endangered Landscapes Programme is funding large-scale restoration on marine and terrestial habitats, reversing impacts of unsustainable use and creating places that deliver sustainable benefits for nature and people.
The Project Implementation Grants (8) and Project Planning Grants Projects (10) are described and their progress reported in the Annual Review 2019.
The programme focuses on Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis and Mitigating Climate Change by Working with Water, Involving Local Communities and Supporting Nature - Based Economies.
Download the ELP Annual Review 2019.
Managed by Cambridge Conservation Initiative  and funded by Acadia Fund.
Water Lands
The first ever reportage of the world's wetlands. A compelling and urgent call to action.
Rivers by Design
Rethinking development and river restoration
A guide for planners, developers, architects and landscape  architects on maximising the benefits of river restoration.
A RESTORE Product in close cooperation with ECRR

Now also a Slovak version
with many thanks to
Dr. Ján Kadlečík
coordinator for international treaties
State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic

in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Download the Slovak version here
Download the English version here

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