Ems-Dynamik+Habitate - Near-natural river and flood plain development of the River Ems at Einen – river dynamics and habitat diversity

LIFE08 NAT/D/000008

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Ulrike BROCKMANN-KRABBE
Email: Ulrike.Brockmann-Krabbe@bezreg-muenster.nrw.de

Project description:


The Ems is one of Germany’s smallest shipable rivers. Its floodplain areas, many of which are designated as Natura 2000 sites, contain a number of species and habitats covered by the Habitat Directive. As a result of previous conservation actions (including two recent LIFE Nature projects) some of the areas within the Ems river floodplain have recently been re-colonised by rare species of fauna. Further river habitat restoration actions are now proposed to reinforce this process.


The project’s main objectives include:

  • Lengthening and widening around 4 km of the river course at Einen;
  • Removing river bank stabilisation structures, thereby facilitating natural river erosion and sedimentation dynamics;
  • Strengthening existing and developing new floodplain areas;
  • Creating uninterrupted passages for fauna; and
  • Demonstrating best practice in these types of conservation actions.

  • Results


Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Birds
Habitats - Freshwater


river‚  management plan

Target species

 Alcedo atthis   Cobitis taenia   Lampetra planeri   Rhodeus sericeus amarus     

Target Habitat types

  • 6510 - "Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)"
  • 91E0 - "Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)"
  • 91F0 - "Riparian mixed forests of Quercus robur, Ulmus laevis and Ulmus minor, Fraxinus excelsior or Fraxinus angustifolia, along the great rivers (Ulmenion minoris)"
  • 3150 - Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition - type vegetation
  • 3260 - Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation

Natura 2000 sites

SCI DE4013301 Emsaue, Kreise Warendorf und Gütersloh



Coordinator Bezirksregierung Münster
Type of organisation Regional authority
Description The regional authority "Bezirksregierung Münster" is a federal institute responsible for maintenance of the river Ems in the region of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Partners None


Project reference LIFE08 NAT/D/000008
Duration 01-JAN-2010 to 31-DEC -2014
Total budget 2,843,346.00 €
EU contribution 1,421,673.00 €
Project location Nordrhein-Westfalen(Deutschland)


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