Propose the removal of small barriers
The programme’s focus is on small barrier removal projects and we generally select projects with small dams between 1 – 3 metres in height. Some evidence suggests that the removal of barriers of up to two metres in height is the most cost-effective method of restoring river flow. We recognise that setting a fixed height limit may exclude perfectly good cases in some circumstances e.g. where there are few small barriers available to remove in a particular country or where a five-meter high and potentially costly barrier removal is situated on the main stem of a river and would open up a large stretch of river critical to the migration of certain species. Higher barriers will be considered, however, these will be more rigorously assessed and will need to demonstrate exceptional ecological gain against the total cost of the project.
When assessing your application, we will compare your submission against all other submissions and shortlist those projects that maximise the value for money i.e. the amount of ecological restoration that can be achieved against the amount spent by the programme. We will also take into consideration other factors such as the costs in the country where the project will be implemented, whether the project is achievable in a short timeframe, the level of risk, and whether it stands out as unique or important.