HyMoCARES 
HydroMorphological assessment and management at basin scale for the Conservation of Alpine Rivers and related Ecosystem Services
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Overview

River corridors in the Alpine Space provide key ecosystem services, but are also threatened by human interference. In order to ensure their conservation or restoration, the effects of human uses on ecosystem services need to be understood and tackled: HyMoCARES focused on river hydromorphological processes, as they are prevalent to ensure habitat maintenance and are strongly affected by societal challenges such as flood risk mitigation, renewable energy production, and biodiversity conservation. For this purpose, the project partners developed a conceptual framework and operational tools to integrate ecosystem services in Alpine river basin planning and management. By doing so, they could enhance the protection, conservation and ecological connectivity of Alpine freshwater ecosystems.

Factsheet

  • 2014 – 2020
  • Liveable
  • Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems
    • Group 6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources
    • Group 7: To develop ecological connectivity in the whole EUSALP territory
  • 11/2016
  • 10/2019
  • 2.596.648 EUR
  • 2.103.433 EUR

Partners

Civil protection Agency (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Italy
  • Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen
  • Bolzano
    Eastern Alps River Basin District
    • Italy
    • Provincia Autonoma di Trento
    • Trento
        Italyn Centre for River Restoration
        • Italy
        • Veneto
        • Mestre
            Département des Hautes-Alpes
            • France
            • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
            • Gap Cedex
                Federal Agency for Water Management, Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Calibration of Hydrometrical Current-Meters
                • Austria
                • Wien
                • Wien
                    Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia
                    • Slovenia
                    • Zahodna Slovenia
                    • Ljubljana
                        Autonomous Province of Trento
                        • Italy
                        • Provincia Autonoma di Trento
                        • Trento
                            University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
                            • Austria
                            • Wien
                            • Wien
                                Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
                                • Germany
                                • Berlin
                                • Berlin
                                    National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture
                                    • France
                                    • Rhône-Alpes
                                    • Antony
                                        ETH Zurich
                                        • Switzerland
                                        • Zürich
                                        • Zürich
                                            Bavarian Fishery Association
                                            • Germany
                                            • Oberbayern
                                            • Oberschleißheim
                                                Ticino Cantonal River Management Agency
                                                • Switzerland
                                                • Ticino
                                                • Bellinzona
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                                                    Outcomes


                                                    • Legislative/Regulatory Revision Proposals based on the HyMoCARES approach

                                                      Strategy
                                                      This document collects the essential elements of a series of amendment proposals, based on the ES approach developed in HyMoCARES, to specific legislative/regulatory revision processes in partner countries/regions, fostering durability of project results.
                                                      The document identifies existing legislative/regulatory revision processes where the HyMoCARES approach can be implemented and working directly with groups of final users to define how project outputs can be successfully applied.

                                                    • HyMoCARES Online Interactive Framework

                                                      Tool
                                                      The HyMoCARES Online Interactive Framework is a tool developed with the purpose to facilitate the visualization of the functional dependencies of ecosystem services (ES) on river hydromorphology and to easily access the main information and tools provided by the project.
                                                      Management actions (alteration or restoration) are affecting different river functions, those in turn generate positive or negative effects on the typical ES provided by rivers and their floodplains. Hence, the identification of the relevant processes and functions affecting the ES and of the connections between actions, functions and ES, represent a key step to understand the functional dependencies of ES on river hydromorphology.

                                                    • HyMoCARES VIDEO ANIMATION

                                                      Strategy
                                                      How to manage our rivers? Rivers ecosystem services are key for our lives
                                                      The video animation summarizes the main approach and strategies concerning the river management.

                                                    • Online factsheets on the assessment of hydromorphological management/restoration

                                                      Tool
                                                      Online factsheets on the assessment of hydromorphological management/restoration of Alpine rivers and associated Ecosystem Services

                                                    • HyMoCARES Sectorial guidelines and checklists

                                                      Strategy
                                                      Tools developed to implement the project approach into actual planning, management and operational process in different countries.

                                                    • Factsheet: Multi-scale concept for sediment-based river restoration

                                                      Strategy

                                                    • Factsheet: Hydromorphological river restoration tools

                                                      Strategy