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Riparian Zones—From Policy Neglected to Policy Integrated

Authors
  • Urbanič, Gorazd1
  • Politti, Emilio2
  • Rodríguez-González, Patricia María3
  • Payne, Robin3
  • Schook, Derek4
  • Alves, Maria Helena5
  • Anđelković, Ana6
  • Bruno, Daniel7
  • Chilikova-Lubomirova, Mila8
  • Di Lonardo, Sara9
  • Egozi, Roey10
  • Garófano-Gómez, Virginia11, 12
  • Gomes Marques, Inês3
  • González del Tánago, Marta13
  • Gültekin, Yaşar Selman14
  • Gumiero, Bruna15
  • Hellsten, Seppo16
  • Hinkov, Georgi17
  • Jakubínský, Jiří18
  • Janssen, Philippe19
  • And 14 more
  • 1 URBANZERO Institute for Holistic Environmental Management, Ltd., Mirna , (Slovenia)
  • 2 University of Trento, Trento , (Italy)
  • 3 University of Lisbon, Lisboa , (Portugal)
  • 4 National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO , (United States)
  • 5 Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, Lisboa , (Portugal)
  • 6 Institute for Plant Protection and Environment, Belgrade , (Serbia)
  • 7 Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC), Zaragoza , (Spain)
  • 8 Institute of Mechanics at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia , (Bulgaria)
  • 9 Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems-National Research Council (IRET-CNR), Florence , (Italy)
  • 10 Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bet Dagan , (Israel)
  • 11 Institut d’Investigació per a la Gestió Integrada de Zones Costaneres (IGIC), Universitat Politècnica de València, València , (Spain)
  • 12 Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, GEOLAB, Clermont-Ferrand , (France)
  • 13 Universidad Politécnica Madrid, Madrid , (Spain)
  • 14 Düzce University, Düzce , (Turkey)
  • 15 Geological and Environmental Science of Bologna University, Bologna , (Italy)
  • 16 Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Oulu , (Finland)
  • 17 Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia , (Bulgaria)
  • 18 Global Change Research Institute CAS, Brno , (Czechia)
  • 19 Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble , (France)
  • 20 Umeå University, Umeå , (Sweden)
  • 21 UCD Earth Institute, Dublin , (Ireland)
  • 22 University of Szeged, Szeged , (Hungary)
  • 23 Julius Kühn-Institute, Berlin , (Germany)
  • 24 Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scotland , (United Kingdom)
  • 25 University of Zagreb, Zagreb , (Croatia)
  • 26 University of Patras, Patras , (Greece)
  • 27 Deltares, Delft , (Netherlands)
  • 28 Aarhus University, Aarhus , (Denmark)
  • 29 Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava , (Slovakia)
  • 30 Université Rennes, Rennes , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Environmental Science
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 28, 2022
Volume
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.868527
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Environmental Science
  • Policy Brief
License
Green

Abstract

1. Riparian zones are vital areas of interaction between land and rivers and are often degraded by several pressures such as urbanisation, intensive agriculture and river engineering works. 2. This policy brief provides five key policy messages and recommendations to be considered by policy-makers, scientists, managers, and stakeholders to enhance riparian zone management. 3. Adopting an integrated socio-economic and environmentally dynamic view will ensure the sustainable management of riparian zones. 4. In light of climate change, it is critically important to conserve and/or restore the ecological integrity of riparian zones. 5. European Union Directives and national-scale legislation and regulations need updating to ensure coordinated implementation of riparian zone-related policies. 6. Stakeholder knowledge exchange, policy co-creation and adaptive management are key to enhancing riparian zone functions.

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