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
This week, Rachel Mawer joined the RIBES European Training Network as one of the ESRs (early stage researchers). Rachel Mawer will work on data analysis methods for the evaluation of fish migration paths in regulated rivers at SJE Ecohydraulic Engineering.
Today Ali Hassan Khan becomes the first ESR (early stage researcher) within the RIBES European Training Network. He will start perusing his PhD at Tallinn University of Technology (TALTECH) working on underwater robotics methods for fish hydrodynamics field measurements.