Ecological Restoration of Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Ecosystems in the Netherlands (NW Europe)

  • P. H. Nienhuis
  • R. D. Gulati

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 166)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

  3. Case Studies

    1. J. P. Bakker, P. Esselink, K. S. Dijkema, W. E. van Duin, D. J. de Jong
      Pages 29-51
    2. P. H. Nienhuis, A. D. Buijse, R. S. E. W. Leuven, A. J. M. Smits, R. J. W. de Nooij, E. M. Samborska
      Pages 53-72
    3. Leon P. M. Lamers, Alfons J. P. Smolders, Jan G. M. Roelofs
      Pages 107-130
    4. A. P. Grootjans, J. P. Bakker, A. J. M. Jansen, R. H. Kemmers
      Pages 149-170
    5. A. P. Grootjans, H. W. T. Geelen, A. J. M. Jansen, E. J. Lammerts
      Pages 181-203
  4. Synthesis

    1. P. H. Nienhuis, J. P. Bakker, A. P. Grootjans, R. D. Gulati, V. N. de Jonge
      Pages 219-233

About this book


This work presents the state of the art of aquatic and semi-aquatic ecological restoration projects in The Netherlands. Starting from the conceptual basis of restoration ecology, the successes and failures of hundreds of restoration projects are described. Numerous successful projects are mentioned. In general ecological restoration endeavours greatly benefit from the progressive experience achieved in the course of the years. Failures mainly occur through insufficient application of physical, chemical or ecological principles. Spontaneous colonization by plants and animals, following habitat reconstruction, is preferred. However, sometimes the re-introduction of keystone species (e.g. eelgrass, salmon, beaver) is necessary in case the potential habitats are isolated or fragmented, or if a seed bank is lacking, thus not allowing viable populations to develop. Re-introducing traditional management techniques (e.g. mowing without fertilization, low intensity grazing) is important to rehabilitate the semi-natural and cultural landscapes that are so characteristic for The Netherlands.


Eutrophication ecological principles ecology ecosystem vegetation wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • P. H. Nienhuis
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. D. Gulati
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesUniversity of NijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centre for LimnologyNetherlands Institute of EcologyNieuwersluisThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6174-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1335-1
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