Handbook and Laymans report published

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Communication, Publications, The Project

“At a time when warnings of environmental disaster come one after another, there is a great need to provide good examples that can instil hope and faith in the future. ”Return of the River Mussel” Project is such an example. During a five-year period we have carried out restoration measures on 200 kilometres of river channels and 300 hectares of floodplain. Those measures have resulted in positive effects on water quality and biodiversity in twelve Swedish rivers that empty into the Baltic Sea, which in time will also benefit. In addition, research connected with the project has significantly improved our knowledge of Sweden’s most endangered freshwater bivalve, Unio crassus (thick-shelled river mussel). For the first time ever, the species has been cultivated and reintroduced to Swedish waters!

The ”Return of the River Mussel” project is an attempt to create rings in the water by providing an example that may inspire other river restoration projects throughout Europe. The project is summarized in this HANDBOOK and LAYMANS REPORT.

We express are gratitude to our external experts Stefan Lundberg, Maja Sjöberg and Al Burke for excellent work!

Enjoy the reading//Ivan and the UC4LIFE crew

School kids introduced to Emån and UC4LIFE!

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Communication, Jönköping County, River Brusaån, Schools

A huge bunch of school kids (60) from  Furulundsskolan Elementary (Mariannelund, Eksjö) was introduced into what river restoration and management is all about. The topics: connectivity, habitat improvements, biodiversity. Finally the kids planted some trees by themselves

We salute Emåförbundet, Frida Moberg och Fiskeklubben, thanks!

/ Jakob & Karl-Magnus

Connectivity increase by 100%

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Blekinge County, Communication, River Bräkneån, River Mörrumsån

The major opening ceremony was successfully performed by the Provincial Governor Berit Andnor Bylund and the landowner Mikael Svahn acting jointly with the sun and the many visitors at Tararp, Bräkneån River! Following some refreshments, the whole gang was transported by buss to the second bio-channel built in Bräkneån at Trånhem. As a result, the connectivity in Bräkneån has increased by 100%. Thus, production areas for fish and mussels are today much larger than before the bio-channels were put in place!

Following the outdoor activities, lunch was served and lectures, about experiences gained during the work, including “after-LIFE-plans”, were given by the project crew, locals and invited guests. In contrast to the more obvious aspects of river restoration, eg positive effects on biotic and abiotic variables, one major topic was how river restoration, in both Mörrumsån River and Bräkneån River, might contribute to social and economical development and growth. The event served as the final seminar for UC4LIFE in Blekinge, and was indeed fruitful according to the audience.

Thanks!

Therese, Jonas och Andreas

Read the article in the local newspaper Sydöstran

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