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INBO-Academy and ECRR – the European Centre for River Restoration (, join their forces to propose to Basin Organisations management staff a course at a distance.

Introductory Course on River Restoration for decision-makers 

The European picture of river functions and conflicts is quite variable from one country to another; as a consequence, priorities can differ. Nevertheless, under the ECRR (European Centre for River Restoration) umbrella, there is a common view on RR, which should target the restoration of entire ecosystems and their processes, in which, as in undisturbed nature, dynamism is a key feature, expressed as the self-sustaining capacity of river and stream ecosystems, and their ability to respond to imposed external environmental changes (e.g. climate change). River dynamics can be used as the central process of restoration and create future trajectories of ecosystem and its self-maintained recovery. 
Between 1998 and 2005, Europe suffered over 100 major damaging floods. Flood alleviation measures must be based on an integrated implementation and planning of project resulted in a better protection against floods and contributed to the natural development and/or hydrological connectivity of floodplains.
Linkages and feedbacks between hydrology, geomorphology and ecology along river corridors have provided knowledge that has influenced the way the rivers are managed today. River restoration is an effective tool to implement EU Directive, and chiefly the Water Framework Directive; on the other hand, existing legislation gives good opportunities to implement river restoration measures.
This "Introductory course" is the first of a Series of lectures, to give to BOs staff the keys to understand how to use ecological approach for reaching the Good Ecological Status or Potential of their water bodies, and to fight against floods.
The aim of this first course is to test the interest of INBO members both for the topic, and the way the lecture is delivered : the course will be run from April 9th, 2010, during 4 weeks (one 2 hour-session per week at a distance) incl. one conclusive session.
Contact organisation : Gilles NEVEU (OIEau)