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Global overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation

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  • Tenna Riis
  • Mary Kelly-Quinn, University College Dublin
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  • Francisca C. Aguiar, University of Lisbon
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  • Paraskevi Manolaki
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  • Daniel Bruno, CSIC - Pyrenean Institute of Ecology
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  • María D. Bejarano, Technical University of Madrid
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  • Nicola Clerici, Universidad del Rosario
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  • María Rosário Fernandes, University of Lisbon
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  • José C. Franco, University of Lisbon
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  • Neil Pettit, University of Western Australia
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  • Ana P. Portela, University of Porto
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  • Olga Tammeorg, Estonian University of Life Sciences
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  • Priit Tammeorg, University of Helsinki
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  • Patricia M. Rodríguez-González, University of Lisbon
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  • Simon Dufour, University of Rennes

Fluvial riparian vegetation (RV) links fluvial and terrestrial ecosystems. It is under significant pressure from anthropogenic activities, and, therefore, the management and restoration of RV are increasingly important worldwide. RV has been investigated from different perspectives, so knowledge on its structure and function is widely distributed. An important step forward is to convert existing knowledge into an overview easily accessible-for example, for use in decision-making and management. We aim to provide an overview of ecosystem services provided by RV by adopting a structured approach to identify the ecosystem services, describe their characteristics, and rank the importance of each service. We evaluate each service within four main riparian vegetation types adopting a global perspective to derive a broad concept. Subsequently, we introduce a guided framework for use in RV management based on our structured approach. We also identify knowledge gaps and evaluate the opportunities an ecosystem service approach offers to RV management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-514
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

    Research areas

  • Ecosystem functions, Restoration, Riparian ecology, Riparian management, Rivers, Streams

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