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ReBioClim: REstoring urban streams to promote BIOdiversity, CLIMate adaptation and to improve quality of life in cities

Supporting cities in planning restoration of small streams that will improve the quality of life of residents, increase biodiversity and contribute to climate change adaptation

The project focuses on the restoration of urban streams using nature-friendly solutions. Although many (scientific) studies show that revitalised streams bring many benefits (from flood mitigation, biodiversity restoration, cooling of cities to recreational and aesthetic functions), their restoration using nature-based solutions is still not a common practice in the context of urban areas.  Indeed, in practice, stream restoration faces a number of obstacles. There is limited space in intensively built-up areas, complicated property rights to surrounding land, or a lack of public and stakeholder awareness of the benefits that restored watercourses provide. The aim of the project is therefore to help cities to simplify the planning and implementation of restoration measures by using interdisciplinary approaches, engaging the professional and lay public and exchanging experiences. The project involves scientific partners from Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Poland and the Netherlands and the cities of Dresden, Jablonec nad Nisou, Senica and Poznan, where the knowledge gained in the project will be implemented in practice.

In the project, IEEP will be responsible for a work package aimed at integrating ecological, social, institutional and urban planning aspects of urban stream restoration.

Funding Agency: Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2021-2027
Duration: 6/2024 – 01/2027
Contact person: Jiří Louda, e-mail:
Researchers: Lenka Dubová, Jan Brabec, Lenka Slavíková etc.
In cooperation with: Dresden University of Technology (Germany; Lead Partner)

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (Germany)

City of Dresden (Germany)

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Alcedo River Clinic (Slovakia)

Town of Senica (Slovakia)

Poznań University of Life Sciences (Poland)

City of Poznań (Poland)

Aquanet Retencja Sp. z o.o.(Poland)

City of Jablonec nad Nisou (Czechia)

Delft University of Technology (The Nederland)

Web-site: Project ReBioClim website