Future of rivers and streams: ecology and restoration under global change

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6 Mar 2019 (All day)
University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Future of rivers and streams: ecology and restoration under global change

6 March 2019
University of Antwerp, Belgium

The aquatic environment is a very dynamic and complex metasystem that fulfills a large number of key services. It hosts an enormous diversity of plant and animal species, but is threatened by global change. The sustainable use, management and protection of the aquatic environment in all its diversity, is key to the success of a whole range of human activities and their long term sustainability. This CWE symposium lists present-day threats and opportunities in rivers, makes projections for the future and learns about 21th century river management.


Bert Teunkens (University of Antwerp): Quantification and characterization of the (macro)plastic flux in the Scheldt basin (Belgium).

Jonas Schoelynck (University of Antwerp) & Paul van Loon (Flanders Environment Agency): Is the invasion of the Chinese Mitten Crab a threat to lowland rivers in Flanders?

Peter van Puijenbroek (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency): Fish migration in European rivers: a long way to go.

Stefan Preiner (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna) & Rosanne Reitsema (University of Antwerp): Effects of macrophytes on ecosystem metabolism and nutrient cycling in a groundwater-fed lowland river.

Stijn Temmerman, Jim van Belzen, Olivier Gourgue (University of Antwerp) & Johan van de Koppel (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research): What will become of the Hedwig-Prosperpolder after de-embankment?

Bianca Veraart & Bart Aubroeck (Antwerp Province, Dienst Integraal Waterbeleid): Habitat restoration in small rivers using artificial materials.

Rob Fraaije (Waterboard Aa en Maas): Restoration and management of aquatic and riparian vegetation in climate proof stream valleys.

Menno Straatsma (Utrecht University): Biodiversity recovery following delta-wide measures for flood risk reduction.

Ralf Verdonschot (Wageningen Environmental Research): Riparian zone reconnection as a catalyst for watershed restoration: a case study on the Leuvenumse beek.