Rethinking restoration

Posted on March 26, 2010

A review of river restoration strategies argues that the aim of returning streams  to a reference state should be replaced by an objective-based approach where river repair or improvement is valued in terms of the provision of ecosystem goods and services, and where objectives are defined by reference to a broad array of factors, including conservation, aesthetics, resource extraction, water quality, heritage protection and flood management.  The authors suggest that a major challenge for future river restoration will be evaluating “naturalness” and showing how it is profitable to human society.

Reference:  Dufour, S. & Piegay, H.  2009.  From the myth of a lost paradise to targeted river restoration: forget natural references and focus on human benefits.  River Research & Applications 25,  568–581.