In 2016 serious concerns on the achievement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 targets, due to the continuing loss of biodiversity and degradation of aquatic habitats, led to the urgent adoption of a new Resolution for implementing ecosystem restoration measures. Moreover, on December 2018 the EU raised to 32% the binding renewable energy target for 2030, bringing further input to hydropower development. Meeting these targets sets challenging issues for mitigating the impacts of man-made structures in rivers that fragment habitats and prevent movement and migration of aquatic organisms.
RIBES (River flow regulation, fish BEhaviour and Status) European Training Network (ETN) will train 15 ESRs in the interdisciplinary field of Ecohydraulics to find innovative solutions for freshwater fish protection and river continuity restoration in anthropogenically altered rivers.
The RIBES project, funded under the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, has a duration of 4 years, from January 2020 to December 2023
Marcelo Ruiz is a Civil Enginner, PhD student at University of Padova and an early stage researcher in the RIBES network. His work is focusing on the analysis of fish behavior driven by hydrodynamic variables at hydraulic structures. Here he writes about his background and and his place in RIBES.
Philip Ericsson is a PhD-student at University of Southampton and a RIBES Early Stage Researcher. His research project is focused on how fish behavior and physiology respond to varying acoustic and hydrodynamic conditions. Here he writes about his background, including work on fish in both United States and Sweden, and his current place in RIBES.