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Dam removal as river restoration measure in Rhine, Scheldt, Ems and Meuse river basins

The Free Flow project was initiated by the World Fish Migration Foundation as one of the Dam Removal Europe activities. The project aims to evaluate the utilization of dam removal as a river restoration tool relative to the new European biodiversity target to restore the free-flowing condition of 25.000 km of rivers. Target group are professionals working in this river basins in the Netherlands and neighboring countries sharing the river basin. Rhine, Scheldt, Ems and Meuse river basins will serve as the case study of the project with the objective to mainstream and scale up the dam removal movement by stimulating knowledge exchange, connecting practitioners, celebrating success stories and opening up discussions within the network of these river basins. Publication of a Dam Removal Guide and organizing of the International Conference Free Flow are included in the project’s goals and are both scheduled for September 2023.

This survey aims to give an overview of current status of dam removal as restoration tool and identify the free-flowing hotspots. The results of the survey will be published at the end of October and will serve as ground knowledge for two webinars. Stay tuned as first Free Flow webinar will take place on November 29th as part of International River Symposium and second webinar is planned for spring of 2023.

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* 1. Name, surname

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* 2. Organisation

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* 4. Job title

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* 5. Email

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* 6. Phone

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* 9. Are you aware of EU Biodiversity strategy target of 25.000 km of free-flowing rivers by removing dams?

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* 10. Is this target implemented in your river basin management plans?

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* 11. What type of barriers is most common in your river basin?

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* 12. Which are your main areas of work?

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* 13. Statement: In my professional work barrier removal is considered a viable solution to restore free-flowing rivers, ensuring river connectivity 

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* 14. In my work barrier removal is one of the first options for river restoration measure. Barrier removal is one of the first considerations with regard to river restoration in my work.

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* 15. What are the most commonly used river restoration measures to ensure river connectivity  in your work?

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* 16. What is keeping you from executing complete barrier removal?

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* 17. What are the most common reasons for not using complete barrier removal but choosing other measures? 

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* 18. Are you aware of any free-flowing river stretches without any man-made barriers in your river basin that are longer than 1 km? If yes, please name the river.

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* 19. Are there any plans in place to protect or even expand existing free-flowing river stretches in one or more rivers?

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* 20. How do you (personally) think about barrier removal as a river restoration tool? 

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