Case study:Ecological Restoration of Mata-Radeanu Complex

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Project overview

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Status Complete
Project web site
Themes Habitat and biodiversity
Country Romania
Main contact forename Fica
Main contact surname Boldea
Main contact user ID
Contact organisation Prut - Barlad River Basin Authority
Contact organisation web site http://www.rowater.ro/daprut/default.aspx
Partner organisations University of Bucharest – Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, Romania; Romanian Ornithological Society, Romania; Galaţi Forestry District, Romania
This is a parent project
encompassing the following
projects
Ecological Restoration of Mata-Radeanu Complex
Mata-Radeanu Lake - present situation

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The Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park is the entrance of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. It lies on the flyway route of hundreds of migratory birds. The ecological importance of the park has been recognised at national as well as international levels.The project objective is to improve the conservation status of 13 priority and more than 50 non-priority bird species listed in the Birds Directive and present in the Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park. A main aim is to resolve the environmental problems caused by human activities such as agriculture, pasturage, fishery and tourism in and around the Park. To deal with the degradation of hydrological structures, the project also aims to re-establish the ecological balance of the lakes, including improvement of the water level and its maintenance. The results of the project are linked by the designation of Mata – Radeanu Complex as Special Protected Area NATURA 2000 within The Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park. Through the ecological restoration works at Mata – Radeanu Complex, the water level is maintained so the habitats are protected as in drought period so in the floods ones.

Funding - From LIFE Nature Programme; Co-financing Ministry of Environment and County Council Galati,Regional Agency for Environmental Protection Galati (RAEP Galati)

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Mata-Radeanu area during the restoration works (1)
Mata-Radeanu area during the restoration works (2)
Mata-Radeanu lake - after restoration
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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district Danube
River basin Prut Barlad

Subcatchment

River name Prut
Area category Less than 10 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 100 - 200 m
Maximum altitude (m)
Dominant geology Siliceous
Ecoregion Eastern Plains
Dominant land cover
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: Ecological Restoration of Natural Lake Pochina, Ecological Restoration of Vlascuta Lake, The Ciobarciu Wetland Project


Site

Name Mata – Radeanu Complex
WFD water body codes ROLW13.1_B5.2
WFD (national) typology ROLA03a
WFD water body name
Pre-project morphology Side ponds
Reference morphology Embanked, Separation dike
Desired post project morphology
Heavily modified water body true
National/international site designation EU - Special Protected Area
Local/regional site designations
Protected species present
Invasive species present
Species of interest
Dominant hydrology
Dominant substrate Silt, Sedimentary rocks (mixture of sand and mud of fluviatile origin).
River corridor land use Woodland
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Average bankfull channel width (m)
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Average bankfull channel depth (m)
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Project background

Reach length directly affected (m)
Project started 2005/11/01
Works started 2009/09/01
Works completed 2010/05/01
Project completed
Total cost category 50 - 100 k€
Total cost (k€) 87 k€
87,000 €
Benefit to cost ratio
Funding sources Ministry of Environment and County Council Galati, Regional Agency for Environmental Protection Galati (RAEP Galati), EU LIFE Programme

Cost for project phases

Phase cost category cost exact (k€) Lead organisation Contact forename Contact surname
Investigation and design 10 - 50 k€ 13 k€
13,000 €
Regional Agenty for Environmental Protection Galati (REPA Galati) Fica Boldea
Stakeholder engagement and communication Regional Agenty for Environmental Protection Galati (RAEP Galati) Fica Boldea
Works and works supervision Less than 1 k€ 0.75 k€
750 €
Post-project management and maintenance
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Flood risk management
Hydromorphology Quantity & dynamics of flow
Biology
Physico-chemical Oxygen balance
Other reasons for the project Flood defence


Measures

Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications
Floodplain / River corridor
Planform / Channel pattern
Other Improvement of natural flows
Non-structural measures
Management interventions
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Additional links and references

Link Description
http://www.wise-rtd.info The web-site of Water Knowledge Portal
http://www.mmediu.ro Web-site of The Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests
http://www.ser.org Web-site of The Society for Ecological Restoration

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