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REFORM : REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management

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REFORM is targeted towards development of guidance and tools to make river restoration and mitigation measures more cost-effective and to support the 2nd and future River Basin Management Plans (RMBPs) for the WFD. Aims of REFORM are (1) to provide a framework for improving the success of hydromorphological restoration measures and (2) to assess more effectively the state of rivers, floodplains and connected groundwater systems. The restoration framework addresses the relevance of dynamic processes at various spatial and temporal scales, the need for setting end-points, analysis of risks and benefits, integration with other societal demands (e.g. flood protection and water supply), and resilience to climate change. The consortium comprises scientists and practitioners covering a wide range of disciplines (hydrology, hydraulics and geomorphology, ecology, socio-economic). The work plan is organized in three modules: (1) natural processes, (2) degradation, (3) restoration. Data from monitoring programmes and restoration projects will be pooled and linked with landscape-scale hydromorphological and physiographic data and catchment models. Targeted field and experimental studies using common protocols will fill data gaps on the role of scale in restoration success. A wide range of statistical modelling approaches will improve indicators for hydromorphological change and factors determining restoration success. All work packages are multidisciplinary and will feed into products for application in river basin management, e.g. guidelines for successful restoration and a web-based tool for exchanging experiences with river restoration measures facilitated and enhanced through consultation with stakeholders. In addition to its impact on the RBMPs, REFORM will provide guidance to other EU directives (groundwater, floods, energy from renewable resources, habitats) to integrate their objectives into conservation and restoration of rivers as sustainable ecosystems

Project information

Lead
STICHTING DELTARES, NEDERLAND
Partners

QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OF ENGLAND AND WALES, UNITED KINGDOM UNIVERSITY OF HULL, UNITED KINGDOM NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, UNITED KINGDOM MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA, CZEH REPUBLIC JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION, BELGIUM FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN E.V., GERMANY ECOLOGIC INSTITUT GEMEINNÜTZIGE GMBH, GERMANY UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID, SPAIN SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO, POLAND VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG, NEDERLAND SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET, SWEDEN AARHUS UNIVERSITET, DENMARK DIENST LANDELIJK GEBIED, NEDERLAND ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE, ITALIA CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS Y EXPERIMENTACION DE OBRAS PUBLICAS - CEDEX, SPAIN SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS, FINLAND UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN, GERMANY EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ, SWITZERLAND UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE, ITALIA INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE DELTA DUNARII, ROMANIA CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS, FRANCE UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN, AUSTRIA STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK, NEDERLAND

Source of funding
FP7

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Keywords

ecological impatcs, hydromorphological modifications, mitigation measures, river restoration, river restoration wiki

Duration

2011/11/1-2015/10/31

Climate impacts

Flooding

Elements

Adaptation Measures and Actions

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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