The overall ambition of Dam Removal Europe is to restore rivers in Europe, which used to be of high natural or cultural importance by removing dams in order to have once again healthy free flowing rivers full of fish for all to benefit. There are many rivers in Europe which would ecologically flourish if the dams and weirs which do not have any use anymore could be removed.
Dam removal is already taking place in some parts of Europe. These are local initiatives, with many enthusiastic stakeholders driving the process. Lack of awareness, knowledge, support by decision makers and funding for dam removal are generally bottlenecks. The added value of an European dam removal initiative is to bring the local experiences together and make dam removal a mainstream river management option in Europe. Not necessarily top down, but especially bottom-up, by demonstrating the benefits of dam removal.
Dam Removal Europe is a place for specialists to connect with conferences to shareknowledge and inspire, a website to communicate about removals, share news and information, upload movies and a chat space for specialists. Future dam removal projects can be performed under the umbrella of the European Dam Removal Movement. Project support and guidance can be organised and communication can take place under this umbrella.