Title: Allocation of river flows for restoration of floodplain forest ecosystems: a review of approaches and their applicability in Europe. 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> journal article 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2003 
Availability: Environmental Management 32, 12-33 
Author 1/Producer: Hughes, F.M.R. 
Other Authors/Producers: Rood, S.B. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Publisher: Springer Scientific 
Article Weblink (=direct link): http://www.springerlink.com/content/7dgxnphepam0kqpw/?p=f574 ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): HTML 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
 
Short description: Floodplain forests rely on well-timed, periodic floods for the provision of regeneration sites and on tapered flood recession curves for the successful establishment of seedlings. Once floodplain forest trees are established they also require variable river stage levels or maintenance flows throughout the year. The need for varied interannual flows over the decadal time frame is at odds with the annual cycle of flow management used by most river management agencies. Several environmental flow methodologies are described in this review. In North America, they have been put into practice in a number of river basins specifically to restore floodplain forest ecosystems. In Australia and South Africa, holistic approaches have been developed that include the needs of floodplain ecosystems as well as in-channel ecosystems. In Europe, restoration of floodplain forests takes place at a few isolated sites: The potential for existing methodologies in European floodplain forests is discussed. 
Link to Project(s): FLOBAR2 Floodplain Biodiversity and Restoration
 
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