Restoration of riparian vegetation: A global review of implementation and evaluation approaches in the international, peer-reviewed literature.

  title={Restoration of riparian vegetation: A global review of implementation and evaluation approaches in the international, peer-reviewed literature.},
  author={Eduardo Gonz{\'a}lez and Anna A. Sher and Eric Tabacchi and Adri{\`a} Masip and Monique Poulin},
  journal={Journal of environmental management},
We examined how restoration of riparian vegetation has been implemented and evaluated in the scientific literature during the past 25 years. A total of 169 papers were read systematically to extract information about the following: 1) restoration strategies applied, 2) scale of monitoring and use of reference sites, 3) metrics used for evaluation, and 4) drivers of success. Hydro-geomorphic approaches (e.g., dam operations, controlled floods, landform reconfiguration) were the most frequent… Expand
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  • Wendy B. Trowbridge
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
  • 2007
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