We aim to activate practitioners around Europe to tear down out-of-use dams. To do this, we showcase and share successful experiences and lessons learned through a multitude of outreach measures to inspire others to remove dams in their country. It is our intention to make dam removal a viable measure for river managers across Europe. Step by step we are moving towards a global movement.
Dam Removal Europe aims to restore rivers in Europe that have high natural or cultural importance. Currently, there are many of these rivers in Europe that are fragmented by obsolete dams and weirs. By removing these barriers, we can once again have healthy free-flowing rivers full of fish for all to benefit.
Collaboration in crowdfunding for Dam Removal with WWF
Dam removal is already taking place in some parts of Europe. These removals are local initiatives driven by many enthusiastic community members and stakeholders. However, there are still at least 100,000 obsolete barriers that are fragmenting and choking our rivers! Now, is the time to locate and remove them to restore life and biodiversity to Europe's freshwater ecosystems.
Often, lack of awareness, knowledge, support and funding for dam removals are bottlenecks. The Dam Removal Europe coalition provides support for and addresses each of these challenges to allow for not only more dam removals but also to reenforce removal projects with the proper tools. Through this predominantly bottom up process, we can create a holistic approach to remove dams and reap the benefits.