The meeting will discuss how to improve the environmental sustainability of the hydropower in the perspective of the EU Water Framework Directive, introduced by invited key note speakers from EU, Great Britain, Norway and USA.
There are several hundred thousand of barriers and transverse structures in European rivers. A majority of the river water bodies in are classified to moderate or worse ecological status due to hydromorphological pressures.
To reach good ecological status on a general level there are essentially three key type of measures, improving continuity, improving physical habitats and implementing ecological flows. However, hydromorphological pressures are in many cases a result of important societal services such as hydropower, agriculture and infrastructure.
It is therefore crucial to maximize the environmental improvements and at the same time secure the benefits from abiotic services such as hydropower. The process will be very extensive and costly, which requires, a good planning and prioritization on all scales from catchment level to national level. Application of “best” available technology and a knowledge-based governance also need to be adaptable to outcomes and changing conditions, like climate change.