To be or not to be… removed – International seminar on dam removal

Karlstad University (KAU), Hudiksvall municipality, County Board Gävleborg and Dam Removal Europe (DRE) partners orginised the third DRE seminar from 24 to 26 September 2018 at the Kulturhuset Glada Hudik, Hudiksvall (Sweden).

To be or not to be… removed. A question that depends on many factors. Factors discussed during this amazing 3 day seminar. The three days were filled with talks by international speakers who talked about Dam Removals, Hydropower, Cultural Values, Policies, “Dam Removal for Dummies” and much more. It was an unique opportunity, for those dealing with dam removal issues to learn from real cases throughout Europe and USA.

The first day of the seminar different aspects from the dam removal world were discussed, such as social issues, hydro-industry perspective, existing policies in Europe and the Water Framework Directive.

The second day focused on real case studies, already carried out or to be done in different EU countries and US. Therewas a special guest from France, describing the studies and preparations being carried out in the upcoming biggest dam removal in Europe, the Vézin Dam (36 m). The last and third day participants enjoyed a field visit to dam removal sites around Hudiksvall, both already removed dams and dams to be removed in the near future.

Keynote speakers: 

  • Jaakko Erkinaro – Natural Resources Institute, Finland (LUKE). The bigger picture of migratory salmonids and dams (prel. title);
  • Anne Shaffer – Coastal Watershed Institute (USA). Nearshore effects of the Elwha dam removal;
  • Pao Fernandez Garrido – Dam Removal Europe/World Fish Migration Foundation (Spain). Dam Removal for Dummies;
  • Stephane Fraisse – French National Institute for Agricultural Research. Pre- and post-removal study of Vézin and La Roche dams.

Read and download the full programme here.

More details about travel info and accomodation here.