EU - SHARE - Sustainable Hydropower in Alpine Rivers Ecosystems

  • Knoblauch, Helmut (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Schreiber, Christopher (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Harb, Gabriele (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Schneider, Josef (Principal Investigator (PI))

Project: Research project

Project Details


Hydropower is the most important renewable resource for electricity production in alpine areas: it has
advantages for the global CO2 balance but creates serious environmental impacts. RES-e Directives
require a renewable electricity enhance but, at the same time, the Water Framework Directive obliges
member States to reach or maintain a water bodies "good" ecological status, intrinsically limiting the
hydropower exploitation. Administrators daily face an increasing demand of water abstraction but lack
reliable tools to rigorously evaluate their effects on mountain rivers and the social and economical outputs
on longer time scale. The project intends to develop, test and promote a decision support system to merge
on an unprejudiced base, river ecosystems and hydropower requirements. This approach will be led using
existing scientific tools, adjustable to transnational, national and local normative and carried on by
permanent panel of administrators and stakeholders.
Effective start/end date1/08/0931/07/12


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