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Floodplain management in temperate regions: is multifunctionality enhancing biodiversity?

Schindler, Stefan and Kropik, Michaela and Euller, Katrin and Bunting, Stuart W and Schulz-Zunkel, Christiane and Hermann, Anna and Hainz-Renetzeder, Christa and Kanka, Robert and Mauerhofer, Volker and Gasso, Viktor and Krug, Andreas and Lauwaars, Sophie G and Zulka, Klaus and Henle, Klaus and Hoffmann, Maurice and Biró, Marianna and Essl, Franz and Jaquier, Sophie and Balázs, Lukács and Borics, Gábor and Hudin, Stephanie and Damm, Christian and Pusch, Martin and van der Sluis, Theo and Sebesvari, Zita and Wrbka, Thomas (2013) 'Floodplain management in temperate regions: is multifunctionality enhancing biodiversity?' Environmental Evidence, 2 (1). p. 10. ISSN 2047-2382

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Abstract

Floodplains are among the most diverse, dynamic, productive and populated but also the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. Threats are mainly related to human activities that alter the landscape and disrupt fluvial processes to obtain benefits related to multiple ecosystem services (ESS). Floodplain management therefore requires close coordination among interest groups with competing claims and poses multi-dimensional challenges to policy-makers and project managers. The European Commission proposed in its recent Biodiversity Strategy to maintain and enhance European ecosystems and their services by establishing green infrastructure (GI). GI is assumed to provide multiple ecosystem functions and services including the conservation of biodiversity in the same spatial area. However, evidence for biodiversity benefits of multifunctional floodplain management is scattered and has not been synthesised.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiversity; Multifunctionality; Floodplain management; Green infrastructure; European Commission Biodiversity Strategy 2020; Biodiversity knowledge; Ecosystem services; Flood prevention; River restoration; Systematic review; Science-policy interface; Science-practice interface
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Biological Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127

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