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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
For any questions or concerns regarding your privacy, you may contact us using the following details:
We will support projects that maximise the potential for restoring endangered rivers across Europe.
Dam removal is a relatively cost effective and quick solution to restoring river continuity and thus the flow of biota (plants and animals) and sediment.
This in turn can improve water quality and restore habitat connectivity and resilience. Our focus is therefore to remove as many dams as possible from European rivers. The programme will achieve this by:
Supporting the removal of small dams (demolition) in rivers.
Supporting essential preparatory work that will result in a small dam removal.
Supporting the dam removal movement so that dam removal becomes more widely accepted and implemented to restore more rivers across Europe.
Our goal is the restoration of biodiversity, and our solutions are based around maximising the potential to reach this goal.
With over one million barriers in European rivers, there is a need to prioritise the dams that are removed. Our approach considers projects that:
Maximise the potential for ecological gain.
Are highly viable and can be implemented over short timescales. For example, it is estimated that over 100,000 barriers in Europe have been left abandoned and are not in use. These barriers are likely to be the most socially acceptable to remove.
Offer value for money: it is estimated that 68% of barriers in Europe are less than two metres in height and it is primarily the small culverts, fords and weirs that cause the most fragmentation, not the smaller number of large dams. Fortunately, the small barriers are also the cheapest to remove. The programme focuses on small barrier removal as a cost-effective method of restoring rivers.
Removals in areas of comparatively low fragmentation: it will usually be more costly to achieve ecological restoration in highly fragmented areas.
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