Global overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation

Tenna Riis, Mary Kelly-Quinn, Francisca C. Aguiar, Paraskevi Manolaki, Daniel Bruno, María D. Bejarano, Nicola Clerici, María Rosário Fernandes, José C. Franco, Neil Pettit, Ana P. Portela, Olga Tammeorg, Priit Tammeorg, Patricia M. Rodríguez-González, Simon Dufour

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Abstract

Fluvial riparian vegetation (RV) links fluvial and terrestrial ecosystems. It is under significant pressure from anthropogenic activities, and, therefore, the management and restoration of RV are increasingly important worldwide. RV has been investigated from different perspectives, so knowledge on its structure and function is widely distributed. An important step forward is to convert existing knowledge into an overview easily accessible-for example, for use in decision-making and management. We aim to provide an overview of ecosystem services provided by RV by adopting a structured approach to identify the ecosystem services, describe their characteristics, and rank the importance of each service. We evaluate each service within four main riparian vegetation types adopting a global perspective to derive a broad concept. Subsequently, we introduce a guided framework for use in RV management based on our structured approach. We also identify knowledge gaps and evaluate the opportunities an ecosystem service approach offers to RV management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-514
Number of pages14
JournalBioScience
Volume70
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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