Why Dam Removal?Rivers provide vital ecosystem services for people, animals and plants. They are the veins of our planet and must be preserved. However, dams and other types of barriers disrupt the natural functioning of rivers, causing a severe decline in fish populations and other unique freshwater species.
Dam removal is an effective tool to return rivers to their natural, free-flowing state and prevent biodiversity loss.
Dam Removal Europe networkDam Removal Europe (DRE) network is a coalition of 7 organizations: the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), The Rivers Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the European Rivers Network, Rewilding Europe, Wetlands International, and the World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF). The network was founded in 2016 with the ambition of restoring the free-flowing state of rivers and streams in Europe. One of DRE’s main goals is to establish barrier removal as a restoration tool and to mainstream this practice across Europe – and the world!
What we’ve been doing
(not including 2022)
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#DamBusters: The start of the Riverlution!
Follow the journey of Pao Fernández Garrido and movie director Francisco Campos-Lopez Benyunes across five European countries to learn why barriers are being removed and who are the river heroes behind it. Watch the documentary by clicking the button below!
The documentary film is commissioned and co-produced by World Fish Migration Foundation, WWF, and Magen Entertainment, with the support of Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy, the European Anglers Alliance, Nationale Postcode Loterij, the Life Programme of the European Union, Mulago, Biohabitats and the ForestPeace Foundation.”