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Descrizione del progetto

Ecoidraulica contro il degrado dei fiumi

La perdita di biodiversità e il degrado degli habitat acquatici, in gran parte provocati dalle azioni umane, hanno portato a una nuova risoluzione che chiede il ripristino degli ecosistemi. Inoltre, l’UE ha innalzato l’obiettivo vincolante relativo all’energia rinnovabile per il 2030 ad almeno il 32 % (dal 20 %) e l’energia idroelettrica fa parte del mix. In questo contesto, il progetto RIBES, finanziato dall’UE, formerà 15 ricercatori in fase iniziale di carriera nel campo interdisciplinare dell’ecoidraulica, al fine di sviluppare soluzioni innovative per la protezione dei pesci d’acqua dolce e il ripristino della continuità fluviale nei fiumi interessati dall’azione dell’uomo. Il progetto riunisce otto università europee, società di consulenza, agenzie pubbliche e il settore idroelettrico, nonché esperti di biologia ittica, ecologia fluviale, meccanica dei fluidi ambientali e ingegneria idraulica.

Obiettivo

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.

Coordinatore

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 522 999,36
Indirizzo
CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24
10129 Torino
Italia

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Regione
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 522 999,36

Partecipanti (10)