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120-year-old obsolete dam removed in Ukraine to restore rivers in the Carpathian Mountains

August 8, 2022

120-year-old obsolete dam removed in Ukraine to restore rivers in the Carpathian Mountains

Despite the war, critical conservation work continues in Ukraine with a WWF team successfully removing an obsolete dam in the Carpathian mountains, opening the river to migratory fish for the first time in 120 years.

One of the first programme-supported dam removals is scheduled to take place this month

July 19, 2022

One of the first programme-supported dam removals is scheduled to take place this month

Project works are expected to begin this week for the demolition of the Scotton Weir on the River Nidd in England. The weir removal project is led by river conservation charity the Wild Trout Trust and is one of the first programme-supported barrier removals to take place!

ANP | WWF is set to begin work on their programme-supported barrier removal at the end of July

July 18, 2022

ANP | WWF is set to begin work on their programme-supported barrier removal at the end of July

On July 25th, Associação Natureza de Portugal (ANP) in association with WWF (ANP|WWF), in partnership with the Municipality of Alcoutim, will begin the demolition of the Galaxes Weir on the Odeleite River.

The Open Rivers Programme offers 13 new grants to support projects in six European countries

July 18, 2022

The Open Rivers Programme offers 13 new grants to support projects in six European countries

Thirteen newly supported projects have the potential to open up over 380 km of rivers through the removal of 55 barriers.

New water law in Lithuania calls for the removal of obsolete barriers

July 11, 2022

New water law in Lithuania calls for the removal of obsolete barriers

This month, Lithuania has an occasion to celebrate. The Lithuanian Parliament has accepted the Ministry of the Environment’s proposal of the Water Law amendments that permit more ambitious river restoration efforts.

Call for Expressions of Interest – deadline for new submissions – 8th July 2022 

May 27, 2022

Call for Expressions of Interest – deadline for new submissions – 8th July 2022 

The European Open Rivers Programme is inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) for project submissions for small dam removal preparatory and demolition projects that fall under grant categories A and B.

Open Rivers Programme supports 19 new dam removal projects opening up 386 km of river

April 20, 2022

Open Rivers Programme supports 19 new dam removal projects opening up 386 km of river

The European Open Rivers Programme officially supports 19 small dam removals across 11 countries that will open approximately 386 kilometres of Europe’s rivers.

Connected Rivers: International Seminar on Dam Removal

March 8, 2022

Connected Rivers: International Seminar on Dam Removal

On May 19-21, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal, ANP/WWF Portugal, World Fish Migration Foundation, Wetlands International and The Nature Conservancy will host the 7th Dam Removal Europe seminar.

New European Commission guidance document on barrier removal for river restoration

January 19, 2022

New European Commission guidance document on barrier removal for river restoration

In December of last year, the European Commission published a guidance document to help identify and prioritise where barriers could be removed to restore river connectivity, their wetlands, and floodplains.