Benefits of dam removal

This section highlights some of the economic, social and environmental benefits that can arise from removing dams.


This study proposes an initial assessment of the number of river barriers in Europe which could be prioritised for removal and the expected outcome of such removal, based on a sample of 30,000 barriers (less than 3% of the total estimated number of barriers) in large and medium-sized rivers.

Dam Removal Europe

A summary of problems associated with dams and the considerable environmental, social and economic benefits and opportunities that exist from removing dams, with several case studies from dam removal projects