What is it?
The European River Restoration Wiki contains case studies of river restoration from across Europe. The Wiki currently has a Water Framework Directive focus and includes examples of mitigation, enhancement, rehabilitation, compensation and full-blown river restoration. It is hoped the Wiki will eventually become the principal repository for river restoration case studies, providing transparency for stakeholders, guidance for river managers and a public record of projects that attempt to improve Europe’s rivers.
How does it work?
The Wiki operates like any other Wiki – its content is uploaded, edited and moderated by its users. Anyone can upload a case study to the site once they have registered and that information can then be amended by any other registered user.
How do I upload information?
There are four easy steps (the website Help page provides more information):
1. Register via this ‘Create an account’ link
2. Once you have created an account and are logged in, use the ‘create a case study’ link
3. Next you have to input some information about your case study. The minimum you’ll need is a project title, a contact name, the country the project is in, the status of the project (i.e. planned/in progress/complete) and a map location.
4. You can add as much or as little additional information as you want. There’s a lot of detail you could potentially add, but a lot of it is superfluous. I would however recommend that you fill in the project overview and project summary information, which is a bit of a free-form and gives any reader the main headlines.
How do I find projects I’m interested in?
The Wiki has several tools for searching. Perhaps the most intuitive, and at the top of the main Wiki page, is the interactive map, which uses Google Maps to display the geographical location of case studies that have been uploaded. Below this is a list of countries and clicking on one will change the perspective of the map to focus on all the case studies occurring in that country. Clicking on any of the red balloons on either map will bring up the title of the case study (scrolling over reveals the title) and a link to that case study’s main page.
It is also possible to search case studies using the basic and advanced search tools. The array of potential search terms is extensive: cost, area, length of river restored, the reason for restoration, the contact organisation, the monitoring regime in place – the list goes on.
Who runs it?
A number of organisations, including the Environment Agency, are involved in the RESTORE partnership, who are responsible for the website’s inception and creation. Many of the schemes from England that are currently on the website have been uploaded using a database of case studies from the River Restoration Center. A full-list of contributors to the website can be found on the European River Restore Network Map.
This looks great but I think there are some things that could be improved; who do I contact?
A list of contacts for the RESTORE Wiki can be found on the website. Alternatively, and if your suggestions are incredibly succinct, there is a RESTORE Rivers Twitter feed. I’d also be able to pass on any comments you make at the end of this post.
So, get uploading! I know that lots of you know about projects that aren’t currently on here and as with everything that has an interactive, social media element, the more the community puts in the more the community will get out.