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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The problem

The fragmentation of rivers has resulted in a significant deterioration of biodiversity, water quality and natural habitats.

European rivers are the most fragmented in the world, which is negatively impacting biodiversity

It is widely held that rivers support some of the Earth’s richest biodiversity and provide essential ecosystem services to society. Free flowing “open rivers” provide habitat for many species of plants and animals that depend on flowing water, deliver sediment that keeps deltas above rising seas, and provide nutrients to fertilise floodplains and create wetlands. However, when rivers become fragmented their ecological status rapidly deteriorates. European rivers are the most fragmented in the world and only one third of its rivers have ‘good ecological status’, as defined by the EU Water Framework Directive.

Man made barriers to river flow are the leading cause of river fragmentation

One of the biggest causes of river fragmentation is the presence of man-made barriers  to river flow. In 2020, the EU-funded AMBER project estimated that there are in excess of one million barriers in rivers and streams across Europe, amounting to 0.74 barriers / km. This is having a catastrophic impact on biodiversity. The change in flow caused by dams can fundamentally impact habitats, potentially over thousands of miles. The main negative impacts of dams include:

  • Deterioration of biodiversity: impeded fish migration can cause entire aquatic ecosystems to be deprived of sources of nutrients and trace minerals, negatively impacting the rest of the food chain.
  • Deterioration in water quality caused by changes in temperature, oxygen content, the circulation of nutrients and in some cases, toxic chemicals from the dam site.

  • Loss of habitat from changes in flow and sediment load: depleted flows downstream can affect coastal deltas. Rivers can become disconnected from their floodplains and wetlands. Dams can also undermine a river’s ability to provide natural flood control, which can increase flooding in communities during heavy rainfalls. In the face of escalating climate change, bodies of water that have moved away from their natural states will be more vulnerable to extreme events (e.g. severe flooding or periods of drought).