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River connectivity, habitats and water quality towards restored ecosystem services

Reference: LIFE18 NAT/SE/000742 | Acronym: LIFE CONNECTS

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Rivers targeted by the project LIFE CONNECTS are currently classified as having an unfavourable ecological status with the potential for considerable ecological rehabilitation (according to the Water FrameworkDirective). The 13 Natura 2000 sites, spanning around 150km, are heavily affected by damming, dredging and channel-building activities previously carried out for forestry, agriculture and hydropower purposes.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE CONNECTS projects overall objective is to improve the conservation status of the target species and the ecological status along around 150km of seven target rivers. The specific objectives are to:

  • restore connectivity and habitats to regain migratory corridors, hydrological dynamics and habitat heterogeneity to benefit the main target species and general biodiversity, including other endangered species such as European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and European river lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis);
  • reintroduce or strengthen targeted mussel species in areas where the species have become extinct or have a low and declining population; and
  • demonstrate synergies between blue growth, renewable energy and climate adaptation by quantifying ecosystem functions and services to an estimated 6 million per year with resulting benefits for the local and regional economy.
  • The project will contribute to the implementation of the Habitats Directive, the Water Framework Directive, the Birds Directive, Flood Directive, European eel regulation and Biodiversity strategy 2020. It will help strengthen the Natura 2000 network. Its objectives are in line with the objectives of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) and the 1993 UN Convention on Biological Diversity.


    RESULTS

    Expected results:

  • 13 dams removed and 10 fauna passages constructed to improve river connectivity;
  • 40ha of lotic habitats established by removing four larger hydropower dams;
  • habitat heterogeneity restored by adding more than 12 000 tonnes of substrate at over 200 strategic hotspots to optimise habitat conditions for target species;
  • positive impacts on 530km of rivers and 25 000ha of marine habitats within two Natura 2000 sites five years following the end of the project;
  • improved water quality and favourable water temperature;
  • increased sand deposits on coasts which are subject to erosion;
  • 80-100% passage success for Atlantic salmon and European eel at dam removal sites aExpected results:
  • 13 dams removed and 10 fauna passages constructed to improve river connectivity;
  • 40ha of lotic habitats established by removing four larger hydropower dams;
  • habitat heterogeneity restored by adding more than 12 000 tonnes of substrate at over 200 strategic hotspots to optimise habitat conditions for target species;
  • positive impacts on 530km of rivers and 25 000ha of marine habitats within two Natura 2000 sites five years following the end of the project;
  • improved water quality and favourable water temperature;
  • increased sand deposits on coasts which are subject to erosion;
  • 80-100% passage success for Atlantic salmon and European eel at dam removal sites a

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE18 NAT/SE/000742
    Acronym: LIFE CONNECTS
    Start Date: 01/08/2019
    End Date: 31/07/2025
    Total Budget: 9,771,435 €
    EU Contribution: 5,255,079 €
    Project Location:
    Project Website: http://www.lansstyrelsen.se/skane/Sv/Pages/default.aspx

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: County Administrative Board of Skne / Lnsstyrelsen Skne
    Legal Status: PAT
    Address: Sdergatan 5, 20515, Malm,
    Contact Person: Ivan Olsson
    Email: ivan.olsson@lansstyrelsen.se
    Tel: 46768003103
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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Ecological coherence
    • Freshwater
    • Fish
    • Invertebrates

    KEYWORDS

    • biodiversity
    • tourism
    • water quality
    • restoration measure
    • river management
    • climate change adaptation
    • ecosystem-based approach
    • erosion control
    • flood control

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
    • Directive 2007/60 - Assessment and management of flood risks (23.10.2007)
    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)
    • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
    • COM(2011) 244 final ?Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020? (03.05.2011)
    • Convention on Biological Diversity - CBD (29.12.1993)

    TARGET HABITAT TYPES

    • 1130 - Estuaries
    • 3130 - Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the Isoëto-Nanojuncetea
    • 3150 - Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition - type vegetation
    • 3210 - Fennoscandian natural rivers
    • 3260 - Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation

    NATURA 2000 SITES

    Type Code Name
    SCI SE0330160 Emåns vattensystem i Kalmar län
    SCI SE0420075 Verkeåns dalgång
    SCI SE0420154 Söderåsen
    SCI SE0420155 Klövahallar
    SCI SE0430104 Klövabäcken
    SCI SE0430118 Billingemölla
    SCI SE0330218 Alsteråns vattensystem
    SCI SE0420287 Herrevadskloster
    SCI SE0420293 Brandeborg
    SCI SE0420310 Vramsån

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    KM(Klippan Municipality), Sweden Participant
    Sydkraft(Sydkraft Hydropower AB), Sweden Participant
    SAA(Sveriges Sportfiske- och Fiskevårdsförbund), Sweden Participant
    KAU(Karlstad University), Sweden Participant
    CABK(County Administrative Board Kalmar), Sweden Participant
    SWAM(Swedish Agency for Marine and water Management), Sweden Participant

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