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Cost-effective improvement of river morphology

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Klauer, Bernd; Schiller, Johannes; Bathe, Frauke

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Corporate Editor Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Abstract The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) calls for cost-effective measures to achieve a "good status" in all European ground, surface and coastal waters. Besides eutrophication, the degradation of hydro-morphology is the main reason for failing the WFD's objectives in Germany. In this paper , we conceptualize the interactive decision support process BASINFORM-M for finding proper locations for river restora tion. The method combines the recently proposed "stepping stone concept" from aquatic ecology with elements from cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria analysis and participatory approaches. BASINFORM-M exemplifies a shift away from the isolated resto ration of single river reaches to wards a consideration of functional relationships within the whole river network. In doing so, it satisfies the WFD's requirement of considering cost-effectiveness without neglecting other important evaluation criteria.
Keywords river; bodies of water; conservation; EU; environmental policy; sustainable development; cost-benefit analysis; ecology; decision making
Classification Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords EU Water Framework Directive; river hydro-morphology; ecological networks; stepping stone concept; BASINFORM; spatial allocation of restoration actions
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Leipzig
Page/Pages 14 p.
Series UFZ Discussion Papers, 9/2014
ISSN 1436-140X
Status Published Version
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike