AMBER & Dam Removal Europe seminar and field visit 

Date: 16 – 17 April 2018




Rivers rank among some of the most threatened ecosystems in the world, and are the focus of costly restoration programmes that cost billions to taxpayers. Yet only half the EU surface waters have met the WFD’s 2015 target of good ecological status, due in part to the fragmentation of habitats caused by tens of thousands of dams and weirs in rivers. But barriers also provide energy, water, fishing and leisure opportunities, and may also help to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. In any case, improving stream connectivity is essential and must be addressed taking into account the magnitude and complexity of the problem.

The objective of this workshop is to present and disseminate the progress and some of the results produced in the AMBER and DAM REMOVAL EUROPE projects. The AMBER Project, almost at the middle of its time life, offers solutions for river fragmentation in Europe based on the adaptive management of barriers. During the day special emphasis will be placed to explain the awareness raising and social participation tools, the Citizen Science web portal and the Barrier Tracker app translated into the main EU languages, which will allow any user to learn and provide information about barriers in European rivers.

The DAM REMOVAL EUROPE project will underpin the importance of removing unused river obstacles, explain the current dam removal situation in Europe and present the actions foreseen both at national and European level.

At the same time, the workshop will go over the current Spanish and international situation, sharing experiences of interest and suggesting or recommending actions and social and political measures to enhance river connectivity and the good ecological status of rivers. 

Keywords: barriers, passability, environmental impact, fluvial connectivity, knowledge transfer, participation & citizen-science, river restoration, dam adaptation & dam removal, measures and policies.


Aula de Seminarios / Classroom of Seminars
ETSI de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural  /
ETSI of Forestry and the Natural Environment
C/ José Antonio Novais, 10
28040 Madrid



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