Prevalence of Strategic Concepts for Hydropower Utilisation and General Methods or Recommendations for Ensuring Downstream Continuity in Europe
Ecologic Institute 2020: Prevalence of strategic concepts for hydropower utilisation and general methods or recommendations for ensuring downstream continuity in Europe. Infographic published in: Keuneke, R.; E. Massmann and S. Naumann 2020: Fish Protection Targets in Europe. Overview of the European legal basis for fish protection at hydraulic construction sites.
Due to the difficulties in defining a state of the art for the construction and operation of fish protection and downstream fish migration facilities, only three countries have introduced a generally applicable set of rules or recommendations (five countries) for ensuring downstream continuity. Most countries (twelve) define measures for fish protection and downstream fish migration at the specific site. In France, Norway, Spain, Portugal, and some German Federal States case-by-case decisions are made in water bodies not listed as priority water bodies in the legislation or the strategy papers. In seven countries there are general but no specific requirements.
This infographic provides an overview of the prevalence of strategic concepts for hydropower utilisation and general methods or recommendations for ensuring downstream continuity in Europe. The infographic is part of a fact sheet on fish protection targets in Europe.
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