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.
A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report published this week found that around 40% of monitored rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters are currently in good ecological status, while only 38% are in good chemical status. 9% of natural rivers are classified as being in high ecological status. The most commonly reported pressure related to ecological status concerns hydromorphological pressures affecting over 40% of surface water bodies. The report includes important statements and conclusions supporting the WFD and recommends better implementation.
WTT Conservation Awards 2018 – Closing Date for Submissions Draws Near!
The WTT Conservation Awards 2018 seek to recognise river improvement projects at all scales, from the huge to the end-of-garden stuff; more information, including a simple application form HERE. We’ll follow your application with an informal phone discussion with our judges, before a special and great fun Awards’ evening in London on 17th October 2018.
EKLIPSE Call for Experts
EKLIPSE is inviting experts to join a working group to understand what is hampering the effectiveness of existing approaches that aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function and services:
Working Together is the first consultation in the process of reviewing and updating the river basin management plans for 2021. It sets out the steps and consultation measures to be taken, the proposed timetable and the ways that you can get involved in preparing the updated plans.
Everyone’s views are welcomed. Responding to the consultation is just one way of getting involved in the process. You can also engage with us and our partners both locally and nationally on river basin planning.
Patagonia's new film Blue Heart.
The film documents the plight of the last wild rivers of Europe. On the Balkan Peninsula, between Slovenia and Albania, more than 3,000 proposed hydropower projects threaten to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region.
The Environment Agency say fish have returned to a stretch of the River Medlock in Greater Manchester after a major project to transform it back into its natural state.
Juvenile Brown Trout have been found at Clayton Vale following a quarter of a million pound project which began five years ago.
The increased presence of fish is seen as particularly encouraging as the Environment Agency and Manchester City Council are also installing baffles in the rivers to further help fish move up and down the river.
On May 22nd, the MEP Water Group in cooperation with the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO, hosted a successful public session for its 2018 United Nations World Water Development Report on 'Nature-based solutions for water' at the European Parliament.
Chaired by the MEP Paul Rübig, the session focused on informing policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, about the great potential of nature-based solutions (NBS) in addressing contemporary water availability, quality and water management challenges across the sector.
Gardens ponds prove fruitful for London Wildlife Trust’s citizen science survey of dragonflies and damselflies
More than one-in-three dragonflies and damselflies recorded by the public have been spotted in private gardens – suggesting garden ponds are a vital habitat for these wonderful winged insects.