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Immense opportunity for dam removal in the Duoro River basin

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The UTAD research team found that the Duoro River basin is littered with barriers and the barriers are impacting this biodiverse area. Altogether, they found 1201 barriers – 57 dams, 40 mini-hydro, and 1105 medium and small barriers and dams. This number of small and medium-sized dams is in line with the recent estimations of the AMBER project, estimating 85% of in-stream barriers are small or medium-sized. The UTAD study estimates that about 25% of these barriers are abandoned.

Rewilding progress as multiple dams removed in Ukrainian Danube Delta

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Financed by crowdfunding, the removal of 10 obsolete dams on the Kogilnik and Sarata Rivers will help to restore wild nature and should provide economic benefit to local communities.

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The Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta rewilding area has just become a little wilder, with 10 dams removed on the Kogilnik and Sarata Rivers. The dams were all located within the territory of the Danube Biosphere Reserve (DBR).

Biggest dam removal in European history

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sélune River, Normandy, France – In a historic moment for Europe’s rivers, the first, irreparable breach was made today in the 36 metre high Vezins Dam – kick-starting the biggest dam removal in Europe so far.

This landmark event is part of a long-term project to free the Sélune River, and bring salmon, eels and other wildlife back to the river and the famous bay of Mont-Saint-Michel – a UNESCO world heritage site and one of Europe’s prime tourist attractions.

Removing tens of thousands of obsolete dams in Europe will bring life back to rivers, says new report

Friday, July 20, 2018

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

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