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Cost-effective improvement of river morphology


  • Klauer, Bernd
  • Schiller, Johannes
  • Bathe, Frauke


The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) calls for cost-effective measures to achieve a good status in all European ground, surface and coastal waters. Besides eutrophication, the degradation of hydro-morphology is the main reason for failing the WFD's objectives in Germany. In this paper , we conceptualize the interactive decision support process BASINFORM-M for finding proper locations for river restora tion. The method combines the recently proposed stepping stone concept from aquatic ecology with elements from cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria analysis and participatory approaches. BASINFORM-M exemplifies a shift away from the isolated resto ration of single river reaches to wards a consideration of functional relationships within the whole river network. In doing so, it satisfies the WFD's requirement of considering cost-effectiveness without neglecting other important evaluation criteria.

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  • Klauer, Bernd & Schiller, Johannes & Bathe, Frauke, 2014. "Cost-effective improvement of river morphology," UFZ Discussion Papers 9/2014, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Division of Social Sciences (ÖKUS).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ufzdps:92014

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    1. Klauer, Bernd & Manstetten, Reiner & Petersen, Thomas & Schiller, Johannes, 2013. "The art of long-term thinking: A bridge between sustainability science and politics," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 79-84.
    2. Bathe, Frauke, 2010. "Die Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland: Eine vergleichende Analyse der Entwürfe der Bewirtschaftungspläne," UFZ Reports 01/2010, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
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