The web-based information tool, River Wiki, has been modelled around the Wikipedia website and will be used by European government agencies, engineers, ecologists, planners and other parties involved in restoring rivers.

It is hoped that by sharing and being able to comment on the information about the experiences of river restoration in Europe, ideas for best practice will quickly emerge.

River restoration aims to restore the natural state and functioning of river systems in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood safety and landscape development. Technical measures to achieve this include the creation of fish passes and weir removal.

The site, which uses open source technology, was developed by the RESTORE partnership for river restoration in Europe and funded by the European Commission’s Life+ programme.

SWF, the IT company responsible for developing the website, has also been involved in implementing climate change systems such as the Emissions Trading Scheme Workflow.

RESTORE project manager at the Environment Agency, Toni Scarr, said: “This system is key to allowing policy makers, river basin managers, river restoration practitioners and experts to develop the tools and skills to restore rivers and create sustainable river environments. The creation of this public website will allow users, for the first time, to share information on river restoration projects from around Europe.”

Conor McGlone

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