River and Floodplain Rehabilitation

This course focuses on river system components, how they interact to provide ecological function, assess restoration needs, and begin the planning process to restore physical and ecological processes.

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Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 25 April 2022
End: 13 May 2022
Deadline IHE application: 24 March 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

The course begins with detailed consideration of river system components and how they interact to provide the ecological functions and ecosystem services people depend upon. The next topic examines techniques to assess restoration needs in river basins, engage stakeholders, and begin the planning process. Lastly, the course examines some engineering techniques to rehabilitate and restore physical and ecological processes in rivers to recover services desired by dependent communities.


1. River ecosystem, hydrological and ecological functions and ecosystem services

  • The case for river rehabilitation, ecological functions and services in rivers and floodplains and the impacts of lost functions and services
  • Rehabilitation and restoration concepts, management frameworks, ecosystem approach
  • Riverine physical, biological, ecological processes, natural disturbance and variability, and ecological functioning of rivers

2. Assessment of rehabilitation needs in river basins, stakeholder engagement and planning process

  • Situation and stakeholder analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement in planning, design and implementation
  • Problem analysis (exercise)
  • Objective setting for restoration and rehabilitation (exercise)
  • Action and management planning

3. Engineering techniques for physical and ecological processes

  • Bank stabilization
  • Instream habitat restoration
  • Riparian zone restoration


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