Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:04

In the past, rivers have been straightened by cutting off meanders (historically, many rivers in northern and western Europe have been straightened and channelized to facilitate log floating and/or speed up the drainage of water and control/limit the river bed movements).ᅠ Re-meandering is bringing a river back closer to its naturally meandering state by creating a new meandering course and by reconnecting cut-off meanders.ᅠ Re-meandering slows down the flow of a river.ᅠ The new form of the river channel creates new flow conditions and very often also has an impact on sedimentation.ᅠ The newly created or reconnected meanders also provide habitats for a wide range of aquatic and land species of plants and animals.
- Based on Stella definitions, adapted by NWRM project experts and validated by the European Commission

Relation type
Type of action
Biophysical benefits
Flood protection
Slowing down of water flow
Biodiversity enhancement


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