Living rivers: trends and challenges in science and management

  • G. van der Velde
  • R. S. E. W. Leuven
  • A. M. J. Ragas
  • A. J. M. Smits
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 187)


This paper discusses and summarizes the major conclusions of the special issue entitled ‘Living rivers: trends and challenges in science and management’ of Hydrobiologia/Developments in Hydrobiology. It is structured along three lines: (1) Functioning of river systems; (2) Ecological rehabilitation of river systems; (3) Challenges and obstacles to sustainable management. Sustainable river basin management requires a thorough understanding of natural, physical, chemical and ecological processes as well as socio-economic functioning. Environmental rehabilitation of river systems inevitably requires an ecosystem-based approach involving solutions supported by the public. The challenge is to combine ecological and socioeconomic sustainability. Rethinking our efforts in both directions must lead to more innovative solutions than those available at present.

Key words

environmental rehabilitation ecological rehabilitation ecosystem-based water management river functioning sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. van der Velde
    • 1
    • 5
  • R. S. E. W. Leuven
    • 2
    • 5
  • A. M. J. Ragas
    • 2
    • 5
  • A. J. M. Smits
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Animal Ecology and EcophysiologyInstitute for Wetland and Water Research, Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceInstitute for Wetland and Water Research, Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Centre for Water and SocietyNijmegenRadboud University NijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Erasmus Centre for Sustainability and ManagementErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Member of the Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR)DelftThe Netherlands

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