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Living Rivers: Trends and Challenges in Science and Management

  • R. S. E. W. Leuven
  • A. M. J. Ragas
  • A. J. M. Smits
  • G. van der Velde
  • Integrative perspective on river science and management

  • Novel approaches to environmental rehabilitation of riverine ecosystems

  • Complementary combination of natural and social sciences

  • Detailed descriptions of structure and functioning of river systems


Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 187)

Table of contents

  1. Challenges and Obstacles to Sustainable Management

    1. G. E. Petts, J. Nestler, R. Kennedy
      Pages 277-288
    2. P. Vugteveen, R. S. E. W. Leuven, M. A. J. Huijbregts, H. J. R. Lenders
      Pages 289-308
    3. W. T. de Groot, H. J. R. Lenders
      Pages 309-316
    4. J. V. Witter, H. T. C. van Stokkom, G. Hendriksen
      Pages 317-325
    5. A. J. M. Smits, P. H. Nienhuis, H. L. F. Saeijs
      Pages 339-355
  2. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. G. van der Velde, R. S. E. W. Leuven, A. M. J. Ragas, A. J. M. Smits
      Pages 359-367
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 369-371

About this book


All over the world, sustainable river basin management is a leading principle of policy plans and legal instruments for water management (e.g. the European Water Framework Directive). The evidence, however, to underpin the full scope of sustainability is rather scanty. In this book an integrative perspective on trends and challenges in river science and management is demonstrated. The three pillars underneath sustainable water management, ecology, economy and sociology, are elaborated by experts in their fields. A number of papers integrate the current knowledge on the structure, functioning and management of ‘living rivers’. The book includes data and experiences concerning the rivers Allier, Meuse, Rhine, Sava and Tagliamento in Europe and the river Illinois in the USA. Sustainable river basin management asks for un-orthodox rehabilitation programmes and ecosystem based and transboundary management approaches.


Ecological restoration Environmental rehabilitation River Ecosystems Sustainable development Vegetation biodiversity development ecology ecosystem environment macroinvertebrate production water quality wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • R. S. E. W. Leuven
    • 1
    • 5
  • A. M. J. Ragas
    • 1
    • 5
  • A. J. M. Smits
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  • G. van der Velde
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science, Institute for Wetland and Water ResearchRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centre for Water and SocietyRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Erasmus Centre for Sustainability and ManagementErasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Animal Ecology and Ecophysiology, Institute for Wetland and Water ResearchRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Members of the Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR)DelftThe Netherlands

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