Privacy Policy

It is Open Rivers Programme's policy to respect your privacy and comply with any applicable law and regulation regarding any personal information we may collect about you, including across our website, https://www.openrivers.eu, and other sites we own and operate.

This policy is effective as of 20 September 2021 and was last updated on 20 September 2021.

Information We Collect

Information we collect includes both information you knowingly and actively provide us when using or participating in any of our services and promotions, and any information automatically sent by your devices in the course of accessing our products and services.

Log Data

When you visit our website, our servers may automatically log the standard data provided by your web browser. It may include your device’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and version, the pages you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on each page, other details about your visit, and technical details that occur in conjunction with any errors you may encounter.

Please be aware that while this information may not be personally identifying by itself, it may be possible to combine it with other data to personally identify individual persons.

Collection and Use of Information

We may collect personal information from you when you do any of the following on our website:

  • Contact us via email, social media, or on any similar technologies
  • When you mention us on social media

We may collect, hold, use, and disclose information for the following purposes, and personal information will not be further processed in a manner that is incompatible with these purposes:

Please be aware that we may combine information we collect about you with general information or research data we receive from other trusted sources.

Security of Your Personal Information

When we collect and process personal information, and while we retain this information, we will protect it within commercially acceptable means to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification.

Although we will do our best to protect the personal information you provide to us, we advise that no method of electronic transmission or storage is 100% secure, and no one can guarantee absolute data security. We will comply with laws applicable to us in respect of any data breach.

You are responsible for selecting any password and its overall security strength, ensuring the security of your own information within the bounds of our services.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Information

We keep your personal information only for as long as we need to. This time period may depend on what we are using your information for, in accordance with this privacy policy. If your personal information is no longer required, we will delete it or make it anonymous by removing all details that identify you.

However, if necessary, we may retain your personal information for our compliance with a legal, accounting, or reporting obligation or for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific, or historical research purposes or statistical purposes.

Children’s Privacy

We do not aim any of our products or services directly at children under the age of 13, and we do not collect personal information about children under 13.

If we receive personal information about you from a third party, we will protect it as set out in this privacy policy. If you are a third party providing personal information about somebody else, you represent and warrant that you have such person’s consent to provide the personal information to us.

If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time. We will provide you with the ability to unsubscribe from our email-database or opt out of communications. Please be aware we may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity.

If you believe that any information we hold about you is inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, irrelevant, or misleading, please contact us using the details provided in this privacy policy. We will take reasonable steps to correct any information found to be inaccurate, incomplete, misleading, or out of date.

If you believe that we have breached a relevant data protection law and wish to make a complaint, please contact us using the details below and provide us with full details of the alleged breach. We will promptly investigate your complaint and respond to you, in writing, setting out the outcome of our investigation and the steps we will take to deal with your complaint. You also have the right to contact a regulatory body or data protection authority in relation to your complaint.

Use of Cookies

We use “cookies” to collect information about you and your activity across our site. A cookie is a small piece of data that our website stores on your computer, and accesses each time you visit, so we can understand how you use our site. This helps us serve you content based on preferences you have specified.

Limits of Our Policy

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and policies of those sites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.

Changes to This Policy

At our discretion, we may change our privacy policy to reflect updates to our organisation processes, current acceptable practices, or legislative or regulatory changes. If we decide to change this privacy policy, we will post the changes here at the same link by which you are accessing this privacy policy.

If required by law, we will get your permission or give you the opportunity to opt in to or opt out of, as applicable, any new uses of your personal information.

Contact Us

For any questions or concerns regarding your privacy, you may contact us using the following details:

info@openrivers.eu

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Our people

Supervisory Board


 
Arjan Berkhuysen



Arjan Berkhuysen

Arjan is passionate about people and nature. He believes in a future where people and nature can exist in harmony.

He started his career studying business administration and working for the shipping multinational P&O Nedlloyd. After years of working as an expat he followed his heart for nature and changed course by completing a Master’s in Environmental Management. He worked on nature conservation and development issues, ranging from advocacy, campaigning, and managing field projects. He moved on to become Head of the freshwater programme and delta advisor at WWF in Netherlands, with a focus on restoring and protecting estuaries worldwide. He started a programme in the Netherlands, restoring natural dynamics in the delta and bringing back the sturgeon in the Netherlands.

He moved on become director of the ‘Waddenvereniging’, a Dutch NGO protecting the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, creating the innovative Fish Migration River project on the lower Rhine. The project made him so enthusiastic on the issue of opening rivers that he moved on to become the Director of World Fish Migration Foundation until 2020.

Arjan is the Chair of the Supervisory Board for the programme. He also currently works on projects to develop new nature-based solutions and is Chair of the Dutch National Park of Schiermonnikoog.

 
Bart Fokkens



Bart Fokkens

Bart Fokkens worked for 40 years with the Ministry for Water Management in the Netherlands in various positions in the field of Land, Water and Wetland Management, often participating in international cooperation programs. These included twinning projects between the deltas of the Rhine, Danube, Volga and Pechora and capacity development and training under the framework of the Ramsar Convention.

Between 2002 and 2010 he was president of the Dutch National Union of Provincial Nature Conservation Organisations. He is the co-founder (1999) and for ten years was the chair of the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) a Pan – European network of national river restoration centres and other members bound by their common mission to promote and enhance ecological river restoration. He remains an associated expert with the ECRR and Wetlands International and a member of the Oversight and Selection Panel of the Endangered Landscape Program of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI).

 
Caroline Visser



Caroline Visser

After finalizing her master’s in business economics Caroline started her career in 1991 at Ernst & Young where she worked as an auditor and completed her postgraduate CPA. Caroline then moved to Reed Elsevier (now RELX), in Amsterdam and London where she held several positions – most recently the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Scientific Division. From 2008 she worked at the World Wildlife Fund in Zeist, successively as CFO and COO. In 2015 Caroline joined the internal secretariat of WWF in Geneva. Now Caroline is vice-president of NWO, the Dutch Research Council. Besides her role at NWO, Caroline is a supervisory Board Member of Teylers museum and a Board member of Stichting Albron.

Programme Management Team


 
Jack Foxall
Executive Director



Jack Foxall

Jack is passionate about the restoration of degraded landscapes and organising and implementing projects that bring back nature. He is keen to turn planning and ideas into action by making conservation and restoration happen. This approach has informed his career of over 20 years, working for government and conservation NGOs.

Jack began his career in 2001, working for the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the field of Sustainable Agriculture. In 2005, he joined Fauna & Flora International’s corporate partnerships team, working with large and small businesses to enable them to better understand, manage and protect biodiversity. In 2008, he moved on to work with Royal Society for Protection of Birds to manage several projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to encourage and support small businesses to conserve and restore nature. Between 2010 – 2014, he managed two large wetland restoration projects in Belarus and Ukraine which sought to re-wet over 20,000 ha of degraded peatland to restore biodiversity and mitigate climate change.

In 2015, Jack played a leading role with Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and its nine partners to set up and operate the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge, one of the largest conservation hubs in the world. He continued his interests in restoration by helping to advise CCI on the creation of the Arcadia funded Endangered Landscapes Programme. Between 2017 – 2021, Jack moved on to work with Arcadia to help manage their programme of environmental grants. During this time, he began exploring the potential for creating a new European dam removal programme, which led to the creation of the Open Rivers Programme in October 2021.

Jack is a Geography graduate from Kings College London, specialising in Political Ecology.

 
Roxanne Diaz
Communications Manager



Roxanne Diaz

Roxanne is a self-employed communications consultant working with organizations and initiatives that focus on freshwater restoration and conservation in Europe and North America. Before becoming a consultant, Roxanne was the communications manager for the World Fish Migration Foundation in the Netherlands after interning for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in California and working for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Roxanne holds an honours programme bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an MSc in environmental science and management with a focus on environmental communication and media from the University of California Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

Programme Advisory Group


 
Herman Wanningen
Dam Removal Europe



Dam Removal Europe
The Dam Removal Europe coalition was founded in 2015 to build a movement of proud river practitioners and enable them to remove dams and restore rivers. The DRE partners provide resources and tools for dam removal, share knowledge and best practice showcases, provide advocacy and lobbying to catalyse funding, organise international seminars for river restoration professionals, and execute awareness campaigns to normalise dam removal as a tool to restore rivers. DRE is a close cooperation among seven organizations: World Wildlife Fund, The Rivers Trust, The Nature Conservancy, European Rivers Network, Rewilding Europe, Wetlands International and the World Fish Migration Foundation (coordinator).

Herman Wanningen
Herman is the founder and director of the World Fish Migration Foundation. He is an ecologist and entrepreneur specializing in scaling up ideas that support river restoration. He is recognized internationally for his work promoting free-flowing rivers and migratory fish by raising global awareness through the ‘World Fish Migration Day’. He is one of the initiators behind the successful Dam Removal Europe coalition. He was recently awarded a special fellowship program at the Mulago Foundation, USA, to help scale up dam removal in Europe.

 
Merijn Hougee
Dam Removal Europe



Dam Removal Europe
The Dam Removal Europe coalition was founded in 2015 to build a movement of proud river practitioners and enable them to remove dams and restore rivers. The DRE partners provide resources and tools for dam removal, share knowledge and best practice showcases, provide advocacy and lobbying to catalyse funding, organise international seminars for river restoration professionals, and execute awareness campaigns to normalise dam removal as a tool to restore rivers. DRE is a close cooperation among seven organizations: World Wildlife Fund, The Rivers Trust, The Nature Conservancy, European Rivers Network, Rewilding Europe, Wetlands International and the World Fish Migration Foundation (coordinator).

Merijn Hougee
As senior advisor freshwater at WWF Netherlands, Merijn works to bring back life to Europe’s rivers. His key focus areas are free-flowing rivers and nature-based solutions for freshwater management. Merijn holds a bachelor’s degree in International Land and Water Management and an MSc in Marine Governance. He has worked as program manager and director for several environmental NGOs in Europe and is (co)founder of various initiatives such as the Beach Clean-up Tour, the Clean River program for plastic-free rivers and the Clean Shipping Index.

 
Martin Janes
European Center for River Restoration



European Center for River Restoration
The ECRR, founded in 1999, is an independent association, free to voice opinions, irrespective of the interests of its members. This makes ECRR: “The network for best practice river restoration in greater Europe” through:

  • A mission to encourage and support ecological river restoration throughout greater Europe, through a European network consisting of organisations, institutions, and individual subscribers.
  • Connecting people and organizations working on river restoration. The network consists of about 2000 contacts, is represented in 12 European countries and cooperates with several key partners.
  • Supporting the development of best practices of river restoration and disseminating information on ecological river restoration, for instance via the RiverWiki Platform for case studies from all over Europe.

Martin Janes
Martin is the director of the UK River Restoration Centre (RRC). He has 25 years of experience in river restoration and best practice river management including scoping, planning, coordinating, delivering and assessing restoration projects throughout the UK. He is also the RRC’s policy/strategy lead on steering and programme groups advising government agencies. Moreover, Martin is a long-term promoter of Europe-wide sharing of best practices and invited speaker for international presentations and discussions on UK and EU river restoration policy and delivery to various environment ministries (Norway 2021, Israel 2020, France 2018, EC Environment & Climate Committee, 2016, S. Korea 2014, etc).

 
Stephane Isoard
European Environment Agency



 
Konstantin Ivanov
Global Water Partnership



Global Water Partnership
GWP’s vision is for a water secure world. Their mission is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. Their unique contribution is to mobilise action on the global water crisis through a unique combination of social capital, shared values, credibility within the global water community, bottom-up orientation, and expertise. A network of networks, they ensure the ‘voices of water’ can influence local, national, regional, and global development priorities. GWP is committed to their role as a neutral convener and respected for their focus on inclusiveness and sustainability.

Konstantin Ivanov
Konstantin Ivanov is the Regional Coordinator of Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe. He has extensive experience in nature conservation, including freshwater restoration and climate change adaptation projects, as well as managerial, fundraising, advocacy, and campaigning work. He has also executed successful projects of regional importance in cooperation with the private sector. For example, a major project to restore vital wetlands along the River Danube and its tributaries in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria has created a regional movement to protect these important habitats.

 
James Dalton
International Union for Conservation of Nature



International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

James Dalton
James joined IUCN in 2009 as a Water Management Advisor. Previously he was based in Fiji at the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission as the IWRM Adviser.  He holds degrees in rural development, science and politics, irrigation engineering, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering focussing on groundwater management in the Aral Sea Basin. He has worked on water management for 20 years in over 25 countries. He sits on the governance committee of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the Board of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, as a Technical Advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, serves on CDP’s Water Security Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Dutch Governments Valuing Water Initiative. In October 2020 he was selected as a Member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance.

 
Carlos Garcia de Leaniz
Swansea University



Swansea University
Established in 1920, Swansea University is a Higher Education and Research Institution in Wales that was ranked in the UK’s top 20 Universities for Graduate Prospects and 5-star in the University QS system for teaching quality. The Biosciences department at Swansea was ranked 7th in the UK and top in Wales in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and had over 93% of its research outputs classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. Swansea University led the AMBER Project (Adaptive Management of European Rivers) and its FishBEE group has championed the dam removal movement since 2008.

Carlos Garcia de Leaniz
Carlos is Professor of Aquatic BioSciences and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) at Swansea University (UK). He obtained a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) and a PhD (Zoology) at the University of Aberdeen (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Glasgow and ZSL London. He led the Horizon 2020 AMBER project and is the current lead for the project ‘Reconnecting the Salmon Rivers of Wales’ funded by NNF. His expertise is mostly on fish ecology and conservation. He has authored 80+ scientific publications and was awarded the 2014 ‘Ríos con Vida’ prize for his work on the conservation of Atlantic salmon and named “River Restoration hero” in the 2008 World’s River Review by International Rivers.

Grant Selection Panel


 
Benoît Terrier



Benoît Terrier

Benoît has nearly 20 years of experience in integrated river basin management. Fascinated by rivers, he began his career in the UK in 2002, with the Dutch consultancy Royal Haskoning, in the coastal and rivers division. For the last 10 years, he has been working for the Rhône Mediterranean and Corsica water agency as an expert in hydromorphology and river restoration.

He is the author or co-author of several technical guides, including a guide on space for river and on the management of braided rivers. The water agency plays a key role in enabling river restoration and it is estimated that it has contributed to remove over 800 weirs or dams on the Rhône Mediterranean basin. Benoît is a contributor to the ECRR technical newsletter and is a member of the European community of practice on river restoration. He loves spending time hiking with his family, reading, gardening, beekeeping, birdwatching, stargazing and photography. He also works as a volunteer with the local authorities of his village to protect, promote and restore local biodiversity.

 
Britta-Antje Behm



Britta-Antje Behm

Britta-Antje Behm has been Head of the Unit “International Agreements Rhine and Danube, Water Framework Directive, Support Schemes” at the Ministry of the Environment Climate Protection and the Energy Sector in Baden-Württemberg since May 2011. Her focus lies on the preparation and implementation of the River Basin Management Plans and the Programmes of Measures for the region as well as on the financial support of communities in the field of water policy. The fields of activity also include ecological aspects of hydropower.

From 1994 she worked in different departments of the Ministry, e. g. Emission Protection, European Affairs and Chemical Policy. She started her professional career in the Regional Authority. Mrs Behm studied law at Tübingen, Germany, and finished her Second State Examination in Stuttgart, Germany.

 
Karolina Gurjazkaitė



Karolina Gurjazkaitė

Karolina Gurjazkaitė is an environmental expert and advocate with an interdisciplinary background of social and environmental sciences. She has been working for four years on freshwater policy, aiming for dam removals to be included in the Lithuanian laws and strategic plans. In 2020, through a crowdfunding campaign, Karolina initiated, led, and oversaw the first ever dam removal project in Lithuania to encourage more river restoration projects. Since 2018, she has been hosting seminars and bringing experts together to enable dam removals and open rivers in Lithuania.

 
Laura Wildman



Laura Wildman

Laura is a practising fisheries and water resource manager, specializing in ecological restoration consulting for aquatic systems. Her expertise and passion, centre on the restoration of rivers through the reestablishment of natural functions and aquatic connectivity. She is considered one of the leading experts in United States on barrier removal and alternative fish passage techniques, regularly lecturing, instructing, and publishing on these topics, including assisting with the instruction of courses for the University of Wisconsin and Yale University. In addition to engineering and river science, her work has emphasized reconnecting communities to rivers, and the socio-economic complexities relating to the balance between natural resource management and healthy river systems.

Laura has been involved in hundreds of river restoration, barrier removal, and fish passage projects throughout the U.S.; working on all aspects of the projects from inception through design and construction, both as a licensed professional engineer designing and managing the projects and as a non-profit project partner when she was the Chief Engineer of American Rivers.

Laura received her bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from University of Vermont, her Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, and has conducted two years of post-graduate work at the University of Southampton, focusing on international issues relating to the removal of dams and the restoration of aquatic connectivity. Laura integrates both engineering and a deep understanding of river science into her restoration work.

 
Maja Pravuljac



Maja Pravuljac

Maja works as a Legal Expert (Juriste) at international environmental law NGO ClientEarth, in Brussels. As a member of the Wildlife and Habitats team, she focuses on hydro-energy projects and their impacts on rivers, species, and habitats, making sure they comply with the EU and international environmental laws. Before joining ClientEarth, Maja worked as a paralegal for an international law firm in Glasgow, after interning for the UNCITRAL Secretariat in Vienna and working for a private law firm in Bosnia and Herzegovina after her studies. Maja acquired her law degree in 2014 from the Faculty of Law, University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and in 2016, she graduated with distinction from the University of Strathclyde, where she obtained her LLM degree in International Economic Law.

 
Olle Calles



Olle Calles

Olle Calles currently holds the position of Professor in Aquatic Ecology, River Ecology, and management research group (RivEM), at Karlstad University in Sweden. He is an expert in remedial measures in regulated rivers and is currently leading several projects on river restoration including dam removal and fish passage solutions.

He is also involved in the large EU-projects RIBES (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network) and LIFE Connect (EU-LIFE). The applied research questions are typically identified and developed in collaboration with representatives from the authorities and stakeholders, and deal with real-world problems trying to find practical and cost-efficient solutions to these problems. His expertise is often asked for by authorities, companies and organizations, and public outreach is a central theme in his work.