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Risk-Informed Management of European River Basins

  • Jos Brils
  • Werner Brack
  • Dietmar Müller-Grabherr
  • Philippe Négrel
  • Jan E. Vermaat

Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jos Brils, Damià Barceló, Winfried Blum, Werner Brack, Bob Harris, Dietmar Müller-Grabherr et al.
    Pages 1-18
  3. Understanding River Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Philippe Négrel, Corine Merly, Laurence Gourcy, Olivier Cerdan, Emmanuelle Petelet-Giraud, Martin Kralik et al.
      Pages 21-52
    3. Peter C. von der Ohe, Sabine E. Apitz, Kęstutis Arbačiauskas, Mikhail A. Beketov, Dietrich Borchardt, Dick de Zwart et al.
      Pages 53-149
    4. Peter C. von der Ohe, Dick de Zwart, Elena Semenzin, Sabine E. Apitz, Stefania Gottardo, Bob Harris et al.
      Pages 151-182
  4. Anticipating Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Jan E. Vermaat, Wim Salomons, Alison J. Gilbert, Fritz A. Hellmann
      Pages 185-196
    3. Jan E. Vermaat, Sabine E. Apitz, Winfried Blum, Bob Harris, Fritz A. Hellmann, Wim Salomons et al.
      Pages 223-238
  5. Connecting to the Social System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Dietmar Müller-Grabherr, Marie Valentin Florin, Bob Harris, Damian Crilly, Goran Gugic, Joop Vegter et al.
      Pages 241-264
    3. Kate A. Brauman, Suzanne van der Meulen, Jos Brils
      Pages 265-294
    4. Mattijs van Maasakkers, Michael Duijn, Britta Kastens
      Pages 295-319
    5. Geiske Bouma, Adriaan Slob
      Pages 321-345
  6. Synthesis and Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Jos Brils, Bob Harris, Damià Barceló, Winfried Blum, Werner Brack, Dietmar Müller-Grabherr et al.
      Pages 367-390
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 391-395

About this book


The growing impacts of economic activities and climate change on the conditions of rivers throughout the world, require a new, integrated approach towards river basin management, an approach that can also cope with an uncertain future. In this volume, leading European scientists and representatives of major stakeholder groups present risk-informed management as this new approach, as developed in the European Commission-funded project RISKBASE. It aims to improve the ecological quality of river basins and thus to sustain the goods and services they provide for the benefit of society. Risk-informed management involves the integrated application of three key-principles:

·       Being well informed

·       Managing adaptively

·       Pursuing a participatory approach

The authors explain and underpin these principles in detail, offer inspiring examples from practice and connect them to the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD).

This book is intended for scientists, consultants and practitioners concerned about river basins, world-wide, as well as the drafters and implementers of the WFD River Basin Management Plans.


Adaptive management Participatory approaches RISKBASE Risk governance River ecosystem Water Framework Directive

Editors and affiliations

  • Jos Brils
    • 1
  • Werner Brack
    • 2
  • Dietmar Müller-Grabherr
    • 3
  • Philippe Négrel
    • 4
  • Jan E. Vermaat
    • 5
  1. 1.DeltaresUtrechtNetherlands
  2. 2.Department of Effect-Directed AnalysisUFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental ResearchLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Umweltbundesamt GmbHWienAustria
  4. 4.Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et MiniOrléans cedex 2France
  5. 5.Inst. Environmental StudiesFree University Amsterdam Fac. Earth & Life SciencesAmsterdamNetherlands

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