Case study:Floodplain restoration in the River IJssel at Gelderland
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site|
|Themes||Habitat and biodiversity|
|Main contact forename||Andries|
|Main contact surname||Stoker|
|Main contact user ID|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.natuurmonumenten.nl/|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
The upper floodplains of the river IJssel (Natura 2000 network) constitute large areas of several threatened habitats and species. Intensification and over- fertilisation leading towards a monotonous landscape with low nature value and high euthophication are major issues for the ecology of the IJssel and its floodplains. In addition, populations of many plant and animal species are fragmented as a result of habitat loss for these species.
This project located in the floodplains along the river IJssel were to enlarge the area of characteristic riverine habitats of the restored area, then to create biotopes for species associated with these habitats that are included in the Natura 2000 network. Other linked projects located further downstream will enhance habitat connectivity along the river after completion for the benefit of wildlife populations.
Monitoring surveys and results
An enlargement of the target habitats by a total of 118 ha will be achieved by the end of the project. Water safety improvement measures will increase the water storage capacity in the floodplains and thus reduce the risk of flooding elsewhere. This will prevent habitats from drying out during summer and improve spatial connection of habitats and populations of species that are susceptible to climate change. Recreational measures will result in a bird observatory, a partly restored and extended footpath (Koppenwaard), shortcuts to the river IJssel and other improved facilities for visitors (e.g. wooden benches at viewpoints).
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos