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


Paper: Survival and swimming performance of PIT-tagged Telestes muticellus

RIBES Early Stage Researcher Alfredo Schiavon together with fellow ESR Usama Ashraf and RIBES Supervisors Franz Hölker, Claudio Comoglio, and Daniel Nyqvist and others Alessandro Candiotto, recently published the paper “Survival and swimming performance of a small-sized Cypriniformes (Telestes muticellus) tagged with passive integrated transponders” in Journal of Limnology.

Paper: Individual based models for the simulation of fish movement near barriers

RIBES Early Stage Researcher Rachel Mawer together with RIBES Supervisors Mattias Schneider and Peter Goethals and others, recently published the review paper “Individual based models for the simulation of fish movement near barriers: Current work and future directions” in Journal of Environmental Management.