Final REFORM Policy Brief now online

REFORM Policy Brief No.3 - A fresh look on effective river restoration: Key conclusions from the REFORM project (Deliverable 7.7) is now available in the policy briefs and in the deliverables sections.

ECOSTAT Workshop on Hydromorphology and WFD classification, Oslo, October 2015

On 12 and 13 October 2015, around 70 participants attended the ECOSTAT workshop on “Hydromorphology and WFD classification” that was hosted by the Norwegian Environment Agency in Oslo, Norway. The workshop was organized jointly by ECOSTAT and REFORM representatives and held back-to-back with the 30th ECOSTAT meeting that took place on 14-15 October in the same location.

The outcome of the REFORM project was one of the main motivations for the working group ECOSTAT of the WFD Common Implementation Strategy to organise this workshop.

The aims were to:

REFORM final conference - a major success!

With great success, the final conference of REFORM on 'Novel Approaches to Assess and Rehabilitate Modified Rivers' took place from 30 June to 2 July 2015 in the Conference Center Hof van Wageningen, in the Netherlands. 170 participants from 26 countries represented the wide range of groups that make up the river restoration community. The three-day conference featured 15 key note lectures, 58 oral presentations and 38 posters that provided the ingredients and inspiration that persuaded participants to share their experiences, aspirations, challenges and new approaches to enhance the success of river restoration. The conference closed with a field excursion, attended by 100 people, to two 'Room for the river' projects.

REFORM Summer School – Lectures available online

The REFORM Summer School took place last June in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Students and early career researchers participated in the 3 day-event preceding REFORM’s Final Conference. In addition to attending lectures in a range of disciplines such as hydrology, morphology and ecology and addressing key topics for cost-effective river rehabilitation planning, the participants visited two contrasting restoration projects. This gave them the chance to apply theory to practice and draft a restoration strategy based on the lessons learned during the lectures and field trips.

National Stakeholder Workshop in Seville

On 2 June 2014, a National Stakeholder Workshop on "Restoring Rivers: Experiences and methodological advances” took place in the city of Seville, at the Pabellón de Méjico (University of Seville) organised by the UPM (Polytechnic University of Madrid). The general aim of the workshop was to raise awareness and interest of water managers and stakeholders on the REFORM Project and its results. The workshop was opened by Dr. Leandro del Moral, Professor at the University of Seville, Dr.

Mid-term output of REFORM available online to support WFD implementation

A substantial mid-term output of REFORM was planned and realized by the end of 2014 to be timely available to support drafting of the second round of river basin management plans for the EU Water Framework Directive. These finalized deliverables can be downloaded on the REFORM website. We would especially like to draw attention to the newer deliverables that have been published since June 2013.

New Deliverables

First REFORM Policy Brief now online

REFORM Policy Brief No.1 - Hydromorphology of European rivers: consideration of processes, impacts of regulation, and benefits of restoration (Deliverable 7.7) is now available in the policy briefs and in the deliverables sections. Click this link to access the brief.