Riparian Buffer Zone for Wetlands

  • Maohua Ma
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Riparian buffer zone is an ecotone located between human-disturbed lands and wetlands, lakes, or rivers. The main functions of the riparian buffer zone is to protect wetland ecosystem through flooding control, water protection, soil conservation, habitat provision for wild species diversity, and the influence they have on ecosystem processes in wetlands. Width and vegetation composition of riparian buffer zone are the key features that enhance its functions essential to establishing and maintaining healthy wetlands. To achieve a sustainable buffering function for wetlands, careful multidisciplinary planning based on ecological knowledge and socioeconomic context is necessary.


Riparian Buffer zone Wetlands Water protection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Biology, Agroecology, Faculty of Agriculture and ForestryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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