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RIver flow regulation, fish BEhaviour and Status

Descripción del proyecto

La ecohidráulica contra la degradación de los ríos

La pérdida de biodiversidad y la degradación de los hábitats acuáticos, causadas en gran medida por acciones humanas, han dado lugar a una nueva resolución que insta a restaurar los ecosistemas. Además, la Unión Europea ha aumentado el objetivo vinculante de energía renovable para 2030 a al menos el 32 % (anteriormente, el 20 %). La energía hidráulica forma parte del plan. En este contexto, el proyecto financiado con fondos europeos RIBES formará a quince investigadores noveles del campo interdisciplinario de la ecohidráulica para desarrollar tecnologías innovadoras con el objetivo de proteger a los peces de agua dulce y restaurar la continuidad fluvial en los ríos afectados por actividades humanas. El proyecto reúne a ocho universidades europeas, empresas consultoras, agencias públicas y la industria de la energía hidráulica, así como a expertos en biología de los peces, ecología fluvial, mecánica de fluidos ambientales e ingeniería hidráulica.

Objetivo

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. The proposed 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 15 ESRs will carry out an innovative and integrated research programme within a multidisciplinary and intersectoral Network, including 8 leading European Universities, consultancy companies, public agencies and hydropower industry, encompassing experts in fish biology, river ecology, environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering. The 15 ESRs will have access to a number of laboratory and field facilities, modelling techniques, experimental practices and instrumental technologies, to expand current understanding of key fundamental fish bio-mechanical, behavioural and physiological processes, and to promote development of novel tools and management solutions in the area of freshwater fish protection. ESRs will be enrolled in specific PhD training programmes according to the rules of 6 host countries and will undertake a Network-wide training programme inclusive of research activities in at least 2 EU countries, short courses at 5 Network Schools, and a series of dissemination and public outreach actions, with the fundamental goal of forming a group of young scientists and practitioners who will play a key role in the water sector at the European scale.

Coordinador

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 522 999,36
Dirección
CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24
10129 Torino
Italia

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Región
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 522 999,36

Participantes (10)