By 2027, the Open Rivers Programme will have enabled many thousands of km of rivers to flow freely again. Where we intervene, we will help to restore natural habitats and enable river ecosystems to be more resilient to changes in climate.
To create free-flowing rivers with healthy, diverse and connected ecosystems across Europe, which are enjoyed, valued, and protected by the communities that depend on them.
To restore endangered European rivers by supporting interventions that lead to the removal of small dams and the restoration of river flow and biodiversity.
Our aim is to provide grants to:
In addition to its grant making activities, the programme itself will: