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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Frequently asked questions

We have pulled together a series of questions and answers that may be useful to applicants. If your question is not answered below or in our Information Guide for Applicants, please contact us.

How long is a typical grant cycle?


A grant cycle takes approximately six months from the date of our call for new Expressions of Interest to receiving a grant award.

Are countries or organisations outside of Europe eligible to apply?


The programme supports projects within Greater Europe. For a list of those countries, please review our Information Guide for Applicants.

Can I apply for more than one grant?


We will accept multiple project applications from the same coordinating organisation.  Applicants should use one application for multiple barriers within the same catchment, as long as the project sites are at the same phase of work. If your projects are in several different catchments, you should submit a separate application for each catchment.

Do you have a maximum grant value?


No. We expect all projects to provide value for money. During our review of your application, we will look carefully at your activities and the local context and assess the impact of your project against the cost.

Do all grants need to be completed within one year?


The expected grant duration is up to 12 months, give or take several months to capture the required field season, if appropriate. Depending on the project complexity, dam removal timelines can vary widely from inception to demolition. One year is intended to cover one phase of work (e.g. preparatory work or demolition), as determined by the applicant. The applicant should develop a clear project schedule with milestones and deliverables. For projects that require preparatory work before demolition can take place, the applicant is eligible to apply to the programme in successive grant cycles for the same project site i.e. first for preparatory work and then late for demolition.

Which do we prioritise: a cluster of smaller dams or just one bigger one?


The programme focusses on the removal of small barriers (up to 2 metres in height) that will maximise the potential for ecological gain, are achievable in short timeframes, are relatively low risk, stand out as unique and important and demonstrate value for money. Carefully assess your project’s potential to fulfil each of these qualities and if you have any specific questions, please contact us. Please note that the programme is more likely to support multiple dam removals that open up large stretches of river and impact whole river basins than isolated single removals. The value/rationale behind each proposed removal within a catchment should be articulated in proposals. Single dam removals are less likely to be supported unless it can be proven that they will have a significant ecological impact / open up a large area of river and/or there is no justification to remove other dams in the catchment.

How do you assess ecological significance?


Please review our Information Guide for Applicants for more information on what the programme considers ecologically significant.

If I have more than one barrier that I would like to remove, how should I decide which one is more feasible / of higher importance?


Please see guidance on our website for selecting barriers in catchments. In particular, section 5.3 may be of use. Overall, we are looking for barriers that will maximise the potential for ecological gain, are achievable in short timeframes, are relatively low risk, stand out as unique and important and demonstrate value for money.

Can we apply for category C grants yet?


No. We are currently developing our strategy for our enabling (category C) grants and we will make a public announcement when we are ready to accept applications for this category.

What is the difference between preparatory work and dam removal?


Preparatory work involves activities that are required before dam removal can begin. Some examples of preparatory work include feasibility studies, preparation of technical design documents, and securing permissions and permits.

Are there any match funding requirements in projects supported by the programme?


There are no match funding requirements although projects that have sourced funding from other sources to support the dam removal process or for wider restoration measures in the catchment will be viewed favourably.

Can the public participation prior to the demolition of the obstacle be financed through the A2 preparatory grants?


Yes, owner and community support is an important part of the dam removal process and is eligible under catchment development, preparatory, and dam removal grants. As a part of the application process, we ask that applicants provide a budget and schedule of activities. In this, you may list activities associated with involving the local community and public so long as it relates to the proposed project.

For catchment development projects and barrier inventories, should we consider part of a catchment or the whole area?


A successful catchment development project will be at a scale that is feasible for the applicant to complete in one year. The programme would like to assess and remove as many barriers as possible, so larger and more ecologically significant catchments are welcome. Ultimately, the scale should be determined by the applicant judging what is feasible given the specific conditions of the catchment of concern.

Is a project seeking to remove an illegally built dam considered “controversial or risky”?


A project is generally considered to be controversial or risky if the dam in question does not have the support of local permitting agencies and communities and if the demolition of the dam could have adverse effects (for whatever reason) following removal. If you would like to discuss your specific case to assess if the programme would consider it to be feasible, please contact us.

Does the programme support project monitoring?


Simple baseline and post-project monitoring are eligible activities although applicants should consider that activities must be completed within the expected duration of the grant (i.e. one year). A more extensive monitoring programme is being explored and developed by the programme so that dam removal impacts can be better understood and communicated.