River Conservation and Management

River Conservation and Management

Editor(s): Philip J. Boon, Paul J. Raven

Published Online: 17 FEB 2012 02:57AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470682081

Online ISBN: 9781119961819

DOI: 10.1002/9781119961819

About this Book

This book is intended for those with an academic, scientific and practical interest in river conservation and management. It provides an overview of how changes in legislation, policies, institutional responsibilities, science, technology, practical techniques and public perception have influenced how rivers have been managed over the past 20 years and the challenges that lie ahead during the next 20 years.

The book is based on the international conference River Conservation and Management:20 Years On held at York. Thirty-one chapters, with contributions from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia provide a wide-ranging perspective on this complex but profoundly important subject.


Following an introduction that chronicles the most important contextual changes, the book is organized into four broad topics:

  • Catchment management, ecosystem integrity and the threats to river ecosystems - this covers progress on  understanding and addressing the pressures affecting rivers, many of which will be amplified by climate change and increasing human demands for water;
  • Methods and approaches - illustrating some recent techniques that have been developed to assess condition and conservation status across  different types of river;
  • Recovery and rehabilitation - providing an insight into the principles, practice, public involvement and institutional networks that support and make improvements to modified river reaches;
  • Integrating nature conservation into wider river management -demonstrating the importance of integrated planning, involvement of local communities and the use of adaptive management in achieving multiple environmental and economic benefits along rivers used for different purposes.

The final chapter discusses the challenges faced in dealing with an uncertain future.

More than 1200 different references and numerous web-site citations provide the reader with an invaluable source of knowledge on the subject area.

Table of contents

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  1. Introduction

  2. Catchment Conservation, Ecosystem Integrity and Threats to River Systems

    1. Chapter 5

      Assessing the Hydrological Effects of Forest Plantations in Brazil (pages 59–68)

      Walter de Paula Lima, Silvio Frosini de Barros Ferraz, Carolina Bozetti Rodrigues and Maureen Voigtlaender

    2. Chapter 8

      Water Quality and Exurbanization in Southern Appalachian Streams (pages 91–106)

      Jackson R. Webster, Ernest F. Benfield, Kristen K. Cecala, John F. Chamblee, Carolyn A. Dehring, Ted Gragson, Jeffrey H. Cymerman, C. Rhett Jackson, Jennifer D. Knoepp, David S. Leigh, John C. Maerz, Catherine Pringle and H. Maurice Valett

  3. Methods and Approaches

    1. Chapter 16

      Assessing the Conservation Status of Alder-Ash Alluvial Forest and Atlantic Salmon in the Natura 2000 River Network of Cantabria, Northern Spain (pages 193–210)

      José Barquín, Bárbara Ondiviela, María Recio, Mario Álvarez-Cabria, Francisco J. Peñas, Diego Fernández, Laura Oti, Andrés García, César Álvarez and José A. Juanes

  4. Recovery and Rehabilitation

    1. Chapter 21

      The Unnatural History of the River Trent: 50 Years of Ecological Recovery (pages 261–272)

      Terry Langford, Tom Worthington, Peter Shaw, Paul Kemp, Chris Woolgar, Alastair Ferguson, Philip Harding and David Ottewell

    2. Chapter 22

      Key Factors in the Management and Conservation of Temporary Mediterranean Streams: A Case Study of the Pardiela River, Southern Portugal (pages 273–283)

      Joana Rosado, Manuela Morais, António Serafim, Ana Pedro, Helena Silva, Miguel Potes, David Brito, Rui Salgado, Ramiro Neves, Ana Lillebø, António Chambel, Vanda Pires, Carlos Pinto Gomes and Paulo Pinto

  5. Integrating Nature Conservation Within Wider River Management

  6. Dealing With an Uncertain Future

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