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June 27th 2023 - 10:30 am - 12 am CEST 

This webinar is organised jointly by the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) and INBO on 27 June 2023. It celebrates the launch of the publication of a study on the development and present status of 8 National River Continuity Policies from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, Spain. The  following aspects of the results of the study will be presented and discussed:

  • completeness, 
  • administrative structure, 
  • prioritization method, 
  • stakeholder involvement, 
  • financing,
  • monitoring and evaluation of the policies. 

 The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 needs complete policies with effective implementation to protect nature and restore eco-systems.


Representatives of countries involved in the study will reflect on the results of the study and representatives of the EU Horizon 2020 Projects MERLIN and Danube4All, aiming at applying nature-based solutions in future water management, will present the use of the results of the policy study in their work.

The full report is available here.
A summary article in the ECRR Technical Newsletter is avalaible here.

STOWA foundation for applied water research, International Network of Basin Organizations and European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) are cooperating in this study and this seminar bringing their complementary activities in the field of integrated water management and to reach a wide audience with this comprehensive topic.




TUESDAY 27 June 2023, 10:30 – 12:00 am CEST


Improving National River Continuity Restoration Policies

for European Ecosystem-based  River Management



The webinar presents and discusses the results of a detailed review on the river continuity restoration policies of Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia and Spain. Profound analyses followed by challenging syntheses have delivered practical conclusions and recommendations to improving content and use of existing river continuity restoration policies. While results can also be used for the development of new policies in the field of fresh water ecosystem restoration.


Welcome & Opening

Eric Tardieu, Secretary General INBO (International Network of Basin Organisations)




Positioning of the review and application perspectives of the results

Bart Fokkens, ECRR




Mentimeter poll amongst the audience

Questions about the expected relevance of the review




A European National River Continuity Restoration Policies Review

Clara Schmidt, Radboud University / STOWA / ECRR


20’ pres.

5’ quest.


Introduction to the discussions

Martin Janes, ECRR / the River Restoration Centre UK




Reflections participating countries and EU Horizons projects

Aurora Hatanpää, ELY, Finland

Sophia Vauclin, Ministry of Ecology, Cohesion of Territories and Energy Transition, France

Kirsty Blackstock, James Hutton Institute, Scotland; HORIZON MERLIN project

Marcell Szabo-Meszaros, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, HORIZON Danube4All project




Panel and Q&A

Speakers and audience





Eric Tardieu, INBO