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
Gloria Mozzi is a mechanical engineer and a hydrogeologist, and a RIBES early stage researcher hosted by Politecnico di Torino. Within RIBES she studies collective behaviour, particularly the school's structure and group swimming performances in different hydrodynamic environments. Here she writes about her background and current work.
Jelger Elings is a biologist and a RIBES early stage researcher. He is hosted by the Ghent University and his project is focused on fish behaviour in the vicinity of hydropower installations and the accompanying fishways.. Here he writes about his background and current work.