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Riparian Zones — From Policy Neglected to Policy Integrated

1 URBANZERO - Institute for Holistic Environmental Management, Ltd.
2 Department of civil, environmental and mechanical engineering [Trento]
3 Forest Research Centre, School of Agriculture, Technical University of Lisbon, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017, Lisboa, Portugal
4 Water Resources Division, National Park Service
5 Administração da Região Hidrográfica do Tejo e Oeste, Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente
6 Department of Weed Research
7 IPE - Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia = Pyrenean Institute of Ecology
8 Institute of Mechanics [Sofia]
9 IRET - Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems [CNR, Italy]
10 Soil Erosion Research Station
11 GEOLAB - Laboratoire de Géographie Physique et Environnementale
12 IGIC - Instituto de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Zonas Costeras [Universitat Politècnica de València]
13 Department of Natural Systems and Resources. E.T.S. Ingeniería de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural
14 Forest Engineering Department
15 UNIBO - Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna [Bologna]
16 SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute
17 Forest Research Institute
18 CzechGlobe - Global Change Research Centre
19 UR LESSEM - Laboratoire des EcoSystèmes et des Sociétés en Montagne
20 Department of Ecology and Environmental Science [Umeå]
21 SBES - School of Biology and Environmental Sciences
22 Department of Goinformatics, Physical and Environmental Geography
23 Institue for Ecological Chemistry, Plant Analysis and Stored Product Protection
24 Scottish Environment Protection Agency
25 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
26 University of Patras
27 Department of Inland Water Systems
28 Department of Biological Sciences, Aarhus University
29 Institute of Botany, Plant Science and Biodiversity Center
30 Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
31 LETG - Rennes - Littoral, Environnement, Télédétection, Géomatique


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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Gorazd Urbanič, Emilio Politti, Patricia María Rodríguez-González, Robin Payne, Derek Schook, et al.. Riparian Zones — From Policy Neglected to Policy Integrated. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 2022, 10, pp.868527. ⟨10.3389/fenvs.2022.868527⟩. ⟨hal-03659603⟩
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