Wetland restoration and management

Hydro Morphology
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The complete description of the NWRM: 

According to the Convention on Wetlands (1971), a wetland is an area of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres. It provides water retention, biodiversity enhancement or water quality improvement. Wetland restoration and management can involve: technical, spatially large-scale measures (including the installation of ditches for rewetting or the cutback of dykes to enable flooding); technical small-scale measures such as clearing trees; changes in land-use and agricultural measures, such as adapting cultivation practices in wetland areas. They can improve the hydrological regime of degraded wetlands and generally enhance habitat quality. Creating artificial or constructed wetlands in urban areas can also contribute to flood attenuation, water quality improvement and habitat and landscape enhancement.



Wetland in a forest

Source: Gebhard Schueler’s presentation, NWRM Workshop 1

Possible benefits with level: 
Benefits Levelsort descending
PO10 - Protection of important habitats High
PO11 - Better protection for ecosystems and more use of Green Infrastructure High
PO13 - Better management of fish stocks High
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss High
ES2 - Fish stocks and recruiting High
ES4 - Biodiversity preservation High
BP1 - Store runoff High
BP2 - Slow runoff High
BP12 - Create aquatic habitat High
BP13 - Create riparian habitat High
BP17 - Absorb and/or retain CO2 High
PO1 - Improving status of biology quality elements High
PO3 - Improving status of hydromorphology quality elements Low
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry Low
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control Low
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery Low
BP11 - Improve soils Low
BP14 - Create terrestrial habitats Low
PO2 - Improving status of physico-chemical quality elements Medium
PO5 - Improving quantitative status Medium
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration Medium
PO8 - Prevent groundwater status deterioration Medium
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks Medium
ES1 - Water storage Medium
ES3 - Natural biomass production Medium
ES5 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation Medium
ES6 - Groundwater/aquifer recharge Medium
ES7 - Flood risk reduction Medium
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants Medium
ES10 - Recreational opportunities Medium
ES11 - Aesthetic/cultural value Medium
BP3 - Store river water Medium
BP4 - Slow river water Medium
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Medium
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Medium
BP9 - Intercept pollution pathways Medium
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Last updated: 08 Jun 2015 | Top