17. Restoration of Rivers and Floodplains

  1. Jelte van Andel3 and
  2. James Aronson4
  1. Jenny Mant1,
  2. Andrew B. Gill2,
  3. Martin Janes1 and
  4. Di Hammond1

Published Online: 15 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118223130.ch17

Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, Second edition

Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, Second edition

How to Cite

Mant, J., Gill, A. B., Janes, M. and Hammond, D. (2012) Restoration of Rivers and Floodplains, in Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, Second edition (eds J. van Andel and J. Aronson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118223130.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Groningen, Community and Conservation Ecology Group, P.O. Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, the Netherlands

  2. 4

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-U.M.R. 5175), Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE), 1919 route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier Cedex 5, France

Author Information

  1. 1

    The River Restoration Centre, Silsoe Campus, Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4DT, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    Environmental Science & Technology Department, Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336351

Online ISBN: 9781118223130



  • rivers and floodplain restoration, water quality being crucial;
  • rivers and floodplains, characteristic communities;
  • disconnected keystone species, disruption in functioning;
  • river restoration science, essential elements;
  • historic climate change, channel processes in Europe;
  • European rivers and their floodplains, and disconnection;
  • urbanization, impacts beyond watercourses, within channels;
  • delivering ecosystem services, within society;
  • delivering individual projects, benefits at a catchment scale;
  • giving ‘room to the river’ allowing natural connectivity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Historical Context to European Rivers

  • Current Disturbances and Threats

  • River and Floodplain Restoration

  • Perspectives

  • Acknowledgements

  • Appendix: Websites