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Free Flow Webinar vol.2 – barrier removal for river restoration in the river basins of the Rhine, Scheldt, Meuse and Ems

By April 10, 2023September 26th, 2023No Comments
The Drentsche Aa, Dutch free-flowing river that became biodiversity hotspot

The World Fish Migration Foundation & Wetlands International, on behalf of the Dam Removal Europe Coalition, invite you to a 1h30  international webinar seeking to mainstream and scale up dam removal in river basins Rhine, Meuse, Scheldt and Ems in view of the proposed 2030 EU targets for river restoration.

May 23rd, 2023 from 13:00-14:30 Central European Time (CET) 

The Free Flow webinar series focuses on the question of how dam removal is understood as a river restoration tool and applied in relation to the new European biodiversity target of freeing up at least 25’000 km of river stretches until 2030.  

In this second part of the series, we will hear from the countries that share the river basins of the Rhine, Meuse (Maas), Scheldt (Escaut), and Ems as well as from the respective river commissions, on how they are moving forward on this goal and where possible bottlenecks lie. The discussion is informed by the results of our Free Flow Survey that focused on this topic. 

We invite river and restoration practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students, as well as road planning, maintenance, design and construction experts to join! This webinar is made possible by the World Fish Migration Foundation,  the European Center for River Restoration, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fishery, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and Rijkswaterstaat.  




By moderator Frank Peiffer, World Fish Migration Foundation, Luxembourg 


Free Flow Survey results: The perception of barrier removal as a river restoration measure

Neza Posnjak, World Fish Migration Foundation, Germany.  


How The Netherlands is approaching the 2030 EU biodiversity targets

Wilco de Bruijne, Oak Consultants, The Netherlands & Christa GroshartThe Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands


Renaturalisation of the Ems – A lighthouse project

Mario Sommerhäuser & Gunnar Jacobs, Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband, Germany


Insights from Germany & ECOSTAT Core Group

Kathrin Schmitt, German Federal Institute of Hydrology, Germany


WG FISH & Master Plan for Migratory Fish

Johan Coeck, INBO – Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Belgium


Why France is investing in free-flowing rivers 

Claire-Cécile Garnier, Direction de l’eau et de la biodiversité, France
Sophia Vauclin, Ministère de la Transition écologique, France


Water management and ecological connectivity of the federal waterway Ems

Nadine Müller, Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Ems-Nordsee, Germany.


Dam removal as a tool for integrated water management in Belgium

 Didier D’hont, Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij, Belgium


Masterplan Fish & the role of coordination for river restoration

Véronique Gosselain, ISC, Belgium


Luxembourg’s growing ambition for barrier removal for restoring rivers

Carole Molitor, Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxembourg


Synthesis, Next Events, Goodbye

By moderator Frank Peiffer, World Fish Migration Foundation, Luxembourg 


*TBA = To Be Announced

Registration and questions   

For free registration follow this link to Eventbrite. For questions regarding the program contact Frank Peiffer (  

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