Nature and Biodiversity

The removal of dams in Europe is reviving rivers and boosting biodiversity. Here’s how

Windmills are seen in front of the Gries dam at SwissWinds farm, Europe's highest wind farm at 2500m, near the Nufenen Pass in Gries, Switzerland, September 2, 2022.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Restoring free-flowing rivers could increase biodiversity. Image: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Douglas Broom
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Figure illustrating the number of reported barriers removed per country in 2022.
Spain removed the most number of dams for the second year in a row. Image: Dam Removal Europe

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View of Ukraine's Perkalaba River. Caption: Ukraine’s Perkalaba River flows freely after removal of the Bayurivka Dam.
Ukraine’s Perkalaba River flows freely after removal of the Bayurivka Dam. Image: WWF-Ukraine

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Removing dams allows fish to return to breeding areas. Image: Unsplash/Drew Farwell
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