MERLIN restoration case studies

MERLIN learns from 17 case studies as best-practice demonstrators in terms of innovative restoration measures types, governance and financing frameworks. With investing more than 10 million € in further hands-on upscaling measures, MERLIN makes these 17 projects radiant beacons of innovation for the systemic change.

(1) Svoldrup Kær; (2) Basque streams; (3) Beaver re-introduction; (4) Room for the Rhine branches; (5) Kampinos wetlands; (6) Peatland Bosnia; (7) Danube floodplain Austria/Hungary; (8) Danube floodplain Romania; (9) Tisza floodplain; (10) Germany's Blue Belt; (11) Emscher catchment; (12) Lima catchment; (13) Sorraia catchment; (14) Oulujoki-Iijoki catchments; (15) Tzipori catchment; (16) Scheldt catchment; (17) Forth catchment

(01) Svoldrup-Kær

Peatlands / wetlands
Denmark

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, re-wetting,
Involved sectors:
agriculture

(02) Basque streams

Small streams and basins
Spain

Main restoration measures:
dam removal
Involved sectors:
forestry, tourism, bio-based sectors, hydropower

(03) Beaver re-introduction

Peatlands / wetlands
Sweden

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, riparian restoration, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
agriculture, forestry, tourism, bio-based sectors

(04) Room for the Rhine branches

Large transboundary rivers
The Netherlands

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, re-wetting, floodplain re-connection
Involved sectors:
agriculture, navigation, tourism

(05) Kampinos wetlands

Peatlands / wetlands
Poland

Main restoration measures:
Transition in land use, Re-wetting
Involved sectors:
Agriculture, Tourism

(06) Adriatic karstic peatlands

Peatlands / wetlands
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, re-wetting, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
agriculture, tourism, hydropower

(07) Danube floodplain Austria-Hungary

Large transboundary rivers
Austria, Hungary

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection
Involved sectors:
navigation, tourism

(08) Danube floodplain Romania

Large transboundary rivers
Romania

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection
Involved sectors:
agriculture, navigation, tourism

(09) Tisza floodplain

Large transboundary rivers
Hungary

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection
Involved sectors:
agriculture, forestry, tourism, bio-based sectors

(10) Germany's Blue Belt

Large transboundary rivers
Germany

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection, biotope network improvement, water structure improvement
Involved sectors:
agriculture, forestry, navigation, tourism, bio-based sectors

(11) Emscher catchment

Small streams and basins
Germany

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection, riparian restoration, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
tourism

(12) Lima catchment

Small streams and basins
Portugal

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection, riparian restoration, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
agriculture, tourism

(13) Sorraia catchment

Small streams and basins
Portugal

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, dam removal, riparian restoration, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
agriculture

(14) Oulujoki Iijoki catchments

Peatlands / wetlands
Finland

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, re-wetting, dam removal
Involved sectors:
agriculture, forestry, tourism, bio-based sectors

(15) Tzipori catchment

Small streams and basins
Israel

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, floodplain re-connection, riparian restoration, channel restorationn
Involved sectors:
agriculture, forestry, tourism, bio-based sectors

(16) Scheldt catchment

Small streams and basins
Belgium (some smaller parts of the system are in France and The Netherlands)

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, dam removal, riparian restoration, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
agriculture, hydropower

(17) Forth catchment

Small streams and basins
UK-Scotland

Main restoration measures:
transition in land use, dam removal, riparian restoration, channel restoration
Involved sectors:
agriculture, forestry, tourism