Overcome obstacles hindering dam removal progress in South Eastern Europe and accelerate the dam removal movement by expanding the knowledge base, influencing policy changes, enhancing communication and awareness, and ultimately making barrier removal a standard practice.
Dam removals are proven to be a fast and cost-effective solution with lasting benefits to communities and nature. There are thousands of barrier removal projects across Europe that have shown environmental, economic and social benefits and yet dam removal has not become a mainstream practice in many countries and in particular many CEE and Balkan regions.
Considering the high ecological potential, with several aquatic biodiversity hotspots and extensive Natura 2000 networks of the region, Dam Removal Europe (DRE), led by the World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF), initiated this project together with regional partners, from Croatia, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, to address several obstacles hindering the progress of dam removals (DR).
These include addressing the:
By addressing these problems, we will:
|Croatia, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and scaling up to SE Europe
|Focal impact-based activity
|Building the DR movement in SE Europe, working on developing supportive policies, sharing knowledge and expertise and generating support from stakeholders and public.
|Primary project outcome
|The primary outcome is to develop enabling conditions where we can identify 100 potential dams that can be removed and help the process to execute those removals.
|Enabling the dam removal movement
|September 2023 – July 2026
The goal is to accelerate the dam removal movement in South Eastern (SE) Europe by addressing the problems outlined above. To achieve this, we will focus on the following for each of the ORP priority topics:
A. Knowledge development & dissemination:
B. Policy Advocacy:
C. Communication & Awareness raising:
The ambition of this project is to accelerate and implement activities that will ensure that river restoration tools are generally accepted and make the removal of unnecessary barriers business as usual in priority countries. We will use this project to scale and boost DR across Europe.
The expected outcomes include: