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

  • 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
  • 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)"

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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