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Many urban rivers are hidden underground – ‘daylighting’ them would bring nature back to cities

Monday, December 16, 2019

Ever noticed how few rivers you can see in most city centres? It’s easy enough to spot the big, usually tamed, main river such as the Thames in London, the Seine in Paris, the Aire in Leeds or the Don in Sheffield. But you will be hard-pressed to find any of their tributaries.

Focus on invasive species

Friday, December 13, 2019

A committee of backbench MPs has called for a “citizens’ army” to tackle the growing threat from invasive species. Under the plan, proposed by the Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee, trained volunteers would help identify and respond to biosecurity outbreaks, modelled on a system developed in New Zealand.

River-Friendly Businesses honoured as scheme sparks growing environmental network

Friday, December 13, 2019

Local, regional, national and global firms have secured River-Friendly Business status through an initiative which is helping companies work together to tackle water pollution.

Run by charity Trent Rivers Trust (TRT) and backed by the Environment Agency and Severn Trent, the accreditation scheme, which was launched in 2018, awards businesses based within the Trent catchment Bronze, Silver and Gold status for helping to improve their local water environment. The overriding message is, “Only rain down the drain.”

Major new project to use nature-based solutions to help Laos adapt to climate change

Monday, December 2, 2019
  • 10 per cent of Laos’ population will benefit from a new project using nature-based solutions to reduce urban flooding.
  • The project is part of a much larger ‘paradigm shift’ in climate adaptation, from hard ‘grey’ infrastructure to integrated solutions that includes ‘green’ infrastructure.
  • It is the largest ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) project in Laos, and the first-ever urban EbA project to be approved by the Green Climate Fund.

Weatherwatch: floods can be controlled by natural means

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Flooding has become a big issue after large parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire were left underwater after huge rainfall totals in the last week.

There have been calls for more flood defences but flood walls, gates and ditches tend to push flood waters from one place to another. Instead, there is a growing recognition that floods can also be controlled by natural means.

Rewilding Chainley Burn

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

As an employee of Tyne Rivers Trust and Hexham resident, I'm very fortunate to work on and live beside the 'best salmon river in England'. I regularly wander down to the bridge to see salmon leaping (beyond a man-made obstruction; the irony is not lost!) and it is incredibly rewarding to know that work we do directly benefits this iconic species. Therefore, the opportunity to work with the WWF through their Dam Removal Europe Crowding Campaign is one we couldn't pass up.

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.

Removal role model

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).

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