Launch of AMBER
Barrier Assessment Workshop
November 29, 2016
Let It Flow
February 23, 2017

Inland Fisheries ireland Project AMBER launch. Left to right, Jimmy King, Paul McLoone, Cathal Gallagher, Head of R&D in Inland Fisheries Ireland, Alan Cullagh, James Barry. Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography. Copyright Fennell Photography 2016.


EU countries that celebrated

AMBER project celebrated with variety of activities

The official launch of the H2020 AMBER project was celebrated in 8 different countries throughout Europe (Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Germany). To celebrate the AMBER project, the project partners organised various types of activities in the November and December varying from seminars and workshops to field trips and screening of documentaries.


The activities attracted a good mixture of audiences. The field trip to a fish passage facility in Switzerland was attended by people from mostly hydropower companies.


Several seminars, conferences and workshops organised in Spain, Italy, Poland, Ireland, Germany and the United Kingdom attracted the interest of researchers, barrier managers, policy makers and other stakeholders. The AMBER Launch event workshop in Madrid, Spain for instance was attended by representatives of various types of organisations.


Profile of attendees Launch event Spain

  • Researchers/experts19%
  • Policy makers32%
  • NGO's9%
  • Enterprises16%
  • General Public25%


The documentary screening in Brussels was attended by a variety of NGO's and Policy staff of the European Commission. All the AMBER launch events allowed for valuable exchange with stakeholders and were percieved as being very inspirational.

" Great film & now very excited about the debate about dam removal @AMBERtools #LetItFlow #SaveOurRivers @WWFEU @EU_ENV "



Coming up next!

The AMBER project team is working on a smartphone application allowing citizen to map barriers in European rivers and the results on barrier assessment protocols will soon become available. Follow AMBER on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date!