Over one million barriers: new research calls for urgent action to reconnect Europe's rivers
29 June 2020 - The EU Horizon 2020 project Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers (AMBER) launched the first-ever pan-European Atlas of in-stream barriers. AMBER researchers have estimated that there are over 1 million barriers, making Europe’s rivers the most fragmented in the world.
Fragmentation of rivers worse than existing databases show
23 April 2019 - A new peer-reviewed paper shows existing databases of river barriers like dams and weirs in Great Britain underestimate stream fragmentation by at least 68%. Only 1% of the rivers in England, Scotland and Wales are free of artificial barriers.