Ems floodplain (LIFE project)

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Ems floodplain (LIFE project)

Factsheet: Ems floodplain (LIFE project)

Country DE
River Name Ems
Site Name Ems floodplain (LIFE project)
River Characterisation
    River typology
    Location (Lat Lon) 52.3774985682202, 7.33646392822266
    Altitude lowland: < 200 m
    Catchment area large: > 1000 - 10000 km2
    Geology Siliceous
    National code/
    River type name
    Type 15
    Hydromorphological quality elements

    Biological quality elements
    Ecosystem Services
    EU Directives
    Project size 20.2 km
    Approximate costs > 1 000 000 Euros
    Status Realised
    Period of realization 2004-2008
    Implemented by Landkreis Emsland, www.emsland.de

    Key features of the case study

    The Ems is a large sand-bed river and its floodplains were deforested and used for agriculture purpose. The district Emsland has carried out a LIFE project to restore the Ems floodplains: "naturnahe Flussdynamik an der niedersächsischen Ems" (natural river dynamics in the Ems in Lower Saxony). For more information see the website in German: http://www.ems-life.de/
    The main objectives were to remove the bank fixation to allow for natural channel dynamics and to change land-use on the floodplain to allow for natural sucession and the development of a riparian and flooplain forest. Moreover a ramp was build at a dam near the city of Listrup to enhance river continuity and the upstream migration of fish.

    Site description

    Map of project area from http://www.ems-life.de/

    Measures selection

    Success criteria

    Ecological response

    Hydromorphological response

    Monitoring before and after implementation of the project

    A monitoring has been carried out according to the information given on the website (http://www.ems-life.de/).

    Socio-economic aspects

    Contact person within the organization

    Extra background information


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