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Vicenç Acuña, José Ramón Díez, Lorea Flores, Mark Meleason and Arturo Elosegi Does it make economic sense to restore rivers for their ecosystem services? Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12107

Our study showed that restoration of natural wood loading in streams greatly increases the ecosystem services they provide. The benefits in terms of the analysed services surpass the costs of active restoration over realistic timeframes, whereas this was not the case for passive restoration. Inclusion of other ecosystem services such as conservation of biodiversity might make restoration more economically profitable. Overall, our study provides a decision framework for managing temperate riparian forests in the context of ecological services.

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