MERLIN: A drop on a hot stone? Making space for stream restoration in Portugal

The restoration of streams across the Sorraia floodplains in Portugal takes place in landscapes significantly affected by intensive agriculture and the ongoing climate emergency. As such, there is the need for ambitious new restoration approaches which draw communities of scientists, farmers and policy makers together to help bring these special ecosystems back to life.

This film was shot in October 2023 as a group of researchers from the EU MERLIN project visited the Sorraia floodplains to meet local restorationists and farmers, and to see stream restoration projects in action. The Sorraia is one of MERLIN's case study sites used to help demonstrate how ambitious freshwater restoration approaches can be mainstreamed across Europe.

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