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Dam Removal Europe Webinar Series | Practitioners

By June 8, 2020November 29th, 20216 Comments

Have you ever seen a dam removal in action? Well, now is your front row opportunity! Join us for a live dam removal in Sweden and learn what it takes to get the job done.

Ready, Set, Drill! Join us on July 1st as we live broadcast a dam removal in Sweden. On-site, a reporter will ask the project team your questions and lead you through what it takes to get the job done. This on-screen removal is part of a larger two-hour program aimed at better understanding the technical process of removing a dam.  

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There are four general phases of a dam removal project: aquiring permissions, planning the project, the actual removal, and follow-up monitoring. In this Dam Removal Europe Practitioners Webinar, we will cover phase III—getting the diggers in and freeing the river. This technical process, many times, can be quite challenging to complete; especially, when there are contributing factors that complicate the process. This first Dam Removal Europe Practitioners Webinar will explore this topic in depth to bring clarity on an otherwise overlooked aspect of dam removal. We will learn from three project engineers presenting about their own dam removals and lessons learned. The webinar will feature live footage from a removal happening that day in Sweden! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss.  

This webinar is meant for people who would like to carry out barrier removals in their country, dam removal engineers, river restoration project managers, and those interested in this topic or looking for guidance for their dam removal project. Of course, the webinar is open to anyone who would like to attend but space is limited to 500 participants.  

The dam at Marieberg Power Plant in the Mörrumsån river, Sweden that will be removed during the webinar.





Introduction Dam Removal Europe webinar series  

Bart Geenen (WWF Netherlands  and co-founder Dam Removal Europe) 


14:05 – 14:10 

Introduction LIVE Dam Removal at Marieberg (Sweden)  

Esa Fahlén, Älvräddarna, reporting on the scene   


14:10 -14:20 

Scaling Dam Removal in Europe  

Pao Fernández-Garrido (World Fish Migration Foundation) 


14:20 – 14:30 

Re-building the Ribble.  A life’s ambition – to demolish

Jack Spees (Director, Ribble Trust, UK) 


14:30 – 14:40 

What can we learn from more than 30 dam removals around the Picardie region?   

Stéphane Jourdan and Jean-Luc Carpentier (Agence de l’Eau Artois – Picardie , France) 


14:40 – 14:50 

Q&A Europe   




14:50 14:55 

Follow up LIVE Dam Removal at Marieberg (Sweden)  

Esa Fahlén, (Älvräddarna, Sweden)


14:55 – 15:05 

Dam Removal in Sweden: current situation, practitioners challenges and new developments. 

Olle Calles (Associate Professor at Karlstad University, Sweden)


15:05 – 15:15 

Open rivers in the Skåne region 

Andrea Lundblad (Naturentreprenad Syd AB) 


15:15 – 15:20 

Q&A Sweden 


15:20 – 15:30 

Q&A: Tip and tricks for practitioners  

Laura Wildman (Princeton Hydro, USA) who has removed over 100 dams  


15:30 – 15:50 

Discussion on site: Practitioners challenges from local to national   

Olle Calles (Associate Professor at Karlstad University, Sweden)

Johan Tielman (Environmental Manager Hydropower Uniper, Sweden)  

Ida-Maria Rigoll (manager at Mörrum salmon fishing) 

Christer Borg (Älvräddarna) 


15:50 – 16:00 

Watch a LIVE Dam Removal  

Esa Fahlén and Fredrik Lundblad (Naturentreprenad Syd AB) at the crane goes to work. 



Webinar end



Language: English 

Featured Removal: The removal of the Marieberg Power Plant, Sweden 

The funding of the decommissioning in Marieberg has been done by: 

Uniper – Sveaskog – Havs- och Vattenmyndigheten – Bra Miljöval – Baltic Salmon Fund – LIFE-connect

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