LIFE water platform meeting to focus on river restoration
A LIFE water platform meeting, entitled One River-Many Interests, will be held under the LIFE-IP Living River Lahn (LIFE14 IPE/DE/022), a German LIFE integrated project that is being coordinated by the Hessian Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
The meeting will be hosted by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz (Am Mainzer Tor 1) and will focus on the benefits of restoration processes. It will provide an opportunity for LIFE projects, as well as other international initiatives, programmes and organisations, to exchange experiences and share the lessons that they have learned in this area.
The main topics of the platform meeting are:
- Waterways in a changing world – restoring waterways
- River restoration and ecosystem services
- Stakeholder involvement in the restoration processes
- Lessons to be learnt: experiences of river restoration works
LIFE projects from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom will feature. The platform meeting will also involve a field trip, on the second day.
LIFE projects have played a key role in supporting the management of water resources in the EU and in implementing water policy, notably the EU Water Framework Directive. River restoration actions aim to restore the natural state and functioning of the river system in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management and landscape development.
The Living River Lahn IP was set up to achieve the good ecological status of surface waters in the catchment area of the Lahn, a tributary of the Rhine, through a comprehensive, synergistic, multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach. LIFE integrated projects (IPs) implement environmental plans or strategies required by EU environmental legislation on a large territorial scale – regional, multi-regional, national and trans-national scale. Their impacts can be far-reaching, having a multiplier effect.