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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.                                                                                         #11 5 July, 2020



European Commission:
Water Framework Directive will not be changed

European Commission has announced that the EU’s strong water legislation — the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) — will not be changed. The message from the Commission is clear: the WFD is an essential piece of EU environmental legislation and is here to stay in its current form.

The 14 ECRR Member and Partner organisations welcome this decision
very much, setting the target of having 100% of the EU’s freshwater ecosystems in good health by 2027. ECRR contributed to the Public Consultation to inform the Fitness Check of the EU Water Framework Directive, it’s associated Directives (Groundwater Directive and Environmental Quality Standards Directive) and the Floods Directive by a submission.

This submission stated as one of the conclusions that the WFD fits very well with the concept and vision of river restoration promoted by the ECRR, which is expressed by the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aim to restore degraded and destroyed ecosystems. This conclusion is now underlined by the EU Biodiversity Strategy aiming to restore 25,000 km of rivers into free flowing rivers through the removal of primarily obsolete barriers and the restoration of floodplains and wetlands.

ECRR welcomes European Commission's river restoration target of the Biodiversity Strategy 2030

On 20th of May, the European Commission published the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 ‘Bringing nature back into our lives’. The Strategy put forward new commitments for nature restoration, including freshwater ecosystems. The European Commission states that in order to achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, the natural functions of rivers must be restored. The Commission aims to do this by restoring at least 25,000 km of rivers into free-flowing rivers through the removal of primarily obsolete barriers and the restoration of floodplains and wetlands. Download EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030;  Bringing nature back into our lives.
ECRR's statement on the Biodiversity Strategy 2030
The ECRR is excited to see that freshwater ecosystems are one of the flagship ecosystems in the EU Biodiversity 2030. In 2020, the ECRR will give strategic priority to river continuity restoration, recognizing the importance of free-flowing freshwater ecosystems, based on a considerable body of evidence and realised benefits. The starting point will be a Europe-wide survey on the availability of national policies, principles, plans, and best practices of river continuity and natural process restoration. The ECRR is confident that this body of work will support the European Commission and the Member States in achieving the target of 25,000 km restored free-flowing rivers. Read ECRR's full statement on the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030.

ECRR congratulates AMBER with the success of the Webinar presenting the highly appreciated project results!

These results, specifically the developed tools will surely help for guiding the restoration of river ecosystem to protect and restore biodiversity in rivers by decreasing fragmentation, promoting habitat connectivity and evaluating the merits of different restoration actions.

Adaptive Management of Barriers In European Rivers

Our research finds at least 100,000 obsolete barriers are fragmenting and deteriorating Europe's Rivers



Let it flow | Reconnecting People with Rivers Magazine Produced for the EU Horizon 2020 Amber project.

Throughout this magazine, the Amber project shares results, thoughts, and ambitions for the future. Inside, is illustrated the issues of river fragmentation and restoration in Europe and abroad and what can be done to tackle these challenges.
Download the digital version of the magazine for free by clicking on the Amber logo! 
The pandemic crisis taught the IAWD (International Association for Water Services in the Danube Basin) once more the importance of digital networking and virtual meeting places. One more reason why it is time to introduce a perfect web: Voice of the Danube brings all digital services of IAWD in one great web – including D-LeaP, the Danube Water Program and all the content.

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