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Integrative water protection and river basin management policy: The Danube case

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As the most international catchment worldwide, the Danube River Basin (DRB) faces different pressures affecting both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; these pressures encompass pollution (e.g. nutrients and xenobiotics), hydromorphological river alterations (navigation, hydropower and flood protection), land use change, invasive species, overexploitation, and climate change. Of special value in the DRB are the still existing floodplains as hotspots of biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services; hence, they deserve closer attention of conservation (e.g. nature parks), restoration and sustainable management strategies. Science proof criteria are integrated into river basin management policy by applying several basic principles (e.g., polluter/user pay, best available technique, precaution, subsidiary, solidarity), transparent planning with public participation and an integrated sustainable approach. This strategy is discussed with reference to implementation in the DRB under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).
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Keywords: BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION; DANUBE RIVER BASIN; ECOSYSTEM SERVICES; HUMAN PRESSURES; IMPLEMENTATION; INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES; SCALING; SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS; SUSTAINABLE USE; TRANSBOUNDARY WATER ISSUES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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  • River Systems (RS) is an international journal that integrates landscape, catchment and human perspectives into a holistic view of river systems. It is dedicated to promoting innovative basic research results and their application in management and conservation. Interdisciplinary research on rivers from the catchment and landscape perspectives is particularly welcome. River Systems thus bridges the gap between inter- and transdisciplinary research and highlights management applications and science implementation at multiple temporal and spatial scales. An innovation of River Systems is the inclusion of relevant science education cooperations.

    River Systems is a relaunch of the Large Rivers, Supplement to Archiv für Hydrobiologie. The language of the journal is English.
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