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River restoration refers to a large variety of ecological, physical, spatial and management measures and practices. These are aimed at restoring the natural state and functioning of the river system in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management and landscape development.
Humans have been using and modifying rivers for millennia to improve our quality of life. We have caused river fragmentation, water quality deterioration, flow regime modification, and habitat modification and destruction, collectively leading to decline in fish stocks.
River deltas and estuaries boast some of the most biodiverse systems on the planet. In addition to their biodiversity, deltas and wetlands provide a buffer for hurricanes, as open land often stands to weaken the impact of storms as they travel toward larger, more populated areas.
The dams can have a wide range of impacts on the local communities and environment, including loss of human habitat, biodiversity, blocking fish migrations, trapping sediment and nutrients and altering flow patterns that drive the productivity of downstream floodplains and wetlands. The removal of obsolete dams may, at least partially, restores the natural flows and conditions of rivers, as well as the benefits they provide.
Protected areas – national parks, wilderness areas, community conserved areas, nature reserves and so on – are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Protected areas are at the core of efforts towards conserving nature. Their role in helping mitigate and adapt to climate change is also increasingly recognized.
Wetlands occur where water meets land. They include mangroves, peatlands and marshes, rivers and lakes, deltas, floodplains and flooded forests, rice-fields, and even coral reefs. Wetlands are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services such as improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters and These valuable functions are the result of the unique natural characteristics of wetlands.
Many communities will see their water supplies shrink as temperatures rise and precipitation patterns shift. A rise in severe storms will degrade water quality and increase the risk of catastrophic floods. Changes in the timing and location of precipitation combined with rising levels of water pollution will strain ecosystems and threaten the survival of many fish and wildlife species.
Floods and droughts have enormous environmental, social and economic consequences and it is expected that climate change effects will exacerbate their occurrence and impacts in the future. Management of extreme events requires an integrated risk management approach that includes prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, education, awareness-raising and communication to the general public and economic actors
Surface water and groundwater systems are connected in most landscapes. Streams interact with groundwater in three basic ways: streams gain water from inflow of groundwater through the streambed, streams lose water by outflow through the streambed, or they do both depending upon the location along the stream. It is the groundwater contribution that keeps streams flowing between precipitation events or after snowmelt.
A transboundary river is a river that crosses at least one political border, either a border within a nation or an international boundary. They need special arrangement between the involved countries to guarantee fair water use for people and environment. Dams may severely impact downstream countries.
Here you will find river stories from riverine people, traditional knowledge, minorities affected by human development, testimonies and, last but not least, some beautiful documents that will make you dreaming...
When urban rivers are forced underground into piping, that disrupts their whole behavioural pattern. But by daylighting these rivers and creating a more natural ecology, it makes the rivers more desirable. You then find that people actually care about and want to look after the river a lot more
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