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Multifunctional floodplain management and biodiversity effects : a knowledge synthesis for six European countries
Schindler, Stefan ; O’Neill, Fionnuala H. ; Biró, Marianna ; Damm, Christian ; Gasso, Viktor ; Kanka, Robert ; Sluis, Theo van der; Krug, Andreas ; Lauwaars, Sophie G. ; Sebesvari, Zita ; Pusch, Martin ; Baranovsky, Boris ; Ehlert, Thomas ; Neukirchen, Bernd ; Martin, James R. ; Euller, Katrin ; Mauerhofer, Volker ; Wrbka, Thomas - \ 2016
Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (2016)7. - ISSN 0960-3115 - p. 1349 - 1382.
Ecosystem services - Flood protection - Green infrastructure - River Regulation - River restoration - Water framework directive

Floodplain ecosystems are biodiversity hotspots and supply multiple ecosystem services. At the same time they are often prone to human pressures that increasingly impact their intactness. Multifunctional floodplain management can be defined as a management approach aimed at a balanced supply of multiple ecosystem services that serve the needs of the local residents, but also those of off-site populations that are directly or indirectly impacted by floodplain management and policies. Multifunctional floodplain management has been recently proposed as a key concept to reconcile biodiversity and ecosystem services with the various human pressures and their driving forces. In this paper we present biophysics and management history of floodplains and review recent multifunctional management approaches and evidence for their biodiversity effects for the six European countries Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and the Ukraine. Multifunctional use of floodplains is an increasingly important strategy in some countries, for instance in the Netherlands and Hungary, and management of floodplains goes hand in hand with sustainable economic activities resulting in flood safety and biodiversity conservation. As a result, biodiversity is increasing in some of the areas where multifunctional floodplain management approaches are implemented. We conclude that for efficient use of management resources and ecosystem services, consensual solutions need to be realized and biodiversity needs to be mainstreamed into management activities to maximize ecosystem service provision and potential human benefits. Multifunctionality is more successful where a broad range of stakeholders with diverse expertise and interests are involved in all stages of planning and implementation.

The role of benthic microhabitats in determining the effects of hydromorphological river restoration on macroinvertebrates
Verdonschot, R.C.M. ; Kail, Jochem ; McKie, Brendan G. ; Verdonschot, P.F.M. - \ 2016
Hydrobiologia 769 (2016)1. - ISSN 0018-8158 - p. 55 - 66.
Benthic invertebrates - Diversity - Microhabitat - Richness - River restoration

Despite the large number of river restoration projects carried out worldwide, evidence for strong and long-term positive ecological effects of hydromorphological restoration on macroinvertebrates is scarce. To improve the understanding of the success and failure of restoration measures, a standardized field study was carried out in nineteen paired restored and degraded river sections in mid-sized lowland and mountain rivers throughout Europe. We investigated if there were effects of restoration on macroinvertebrate biodiversity, and if these effects could be related to changes in microhabitat composition, diversity and patchiness. Effects were quantified for all taxa combined, as well as Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera separately. Additionally, species trait classifications of microhabitat preference types were used as a functional indicator. Restoration had no overall positive effects on the selected macroinvertebrate metrics. Rather, we did find positive relationships between the macroinvertebrate responses and the effect of restoration on the diversity and patchiness of microhabitats. Furthermore, the effects on macroinvertebrates could be related to changes in the cover of specific substrate types in the restored sections. We conclude that the limited effect of restoration on macroinvertebrate diversity overall reflected, at least in part, the limited effect of most restoration measures on microhabitat composition and diversity.

Effects of river restoration on riparian ground beetles (Coleoptera Carabidae) in Europe
Januschke, Kathrin ; Verdonschot, R.C.M. - \ 2016
Hydrobiologia 769 (2016)1. - ISSN 0018-8158 - p. 93 - 104.
Carabidae - Floodplain - Riparian zone - River restoration - Semi-terrestrial invertebrates

Studies addressing the effects of river and floodplain restoration on riparian ground beetles mainly focus on single river sections or regions. We conducted a large-scale study of twenty paired restored and degraded river sections throughout Europe. It was tested (i) if restoration had an overall positive effect on total species richness, Shannon–Wiener diversity and richness of riparian, wetland and floodplain forest specialists, and (ii) if the effects depended on river and project characteristics as well as habitat differences caused by restoration. Groupwise comparison of the restored and degraded river sections showed that restoration had a significant positive effect on one out of the five metrics investigated (the number of riparian specialists), and pairwise comparison of the restored sections with the corresponding degraded sections revealed an additional positive effect of restoration on total species richness. These positive effects were related to a co-occurring set of environmental variables, with the effects being more apparent in widened river sections of high-gradient cobble/gravel-bed rivers where restoration decreased riparian woody vegetation and increased sparsely vegetated banks. These results clearly indicate that the effect of restoration on riparian ground beetle richness depends on the creation of such pioneer habitats.

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