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Rediscovering the value of urban rivers

Everard, Mark; Moggridge, Helen L.


Mark Everard
Associate Professor in Ecosystem Services

Helen L. Moggridge


Rivers commonly serve as defining, founding features of human settlements, yet urbanisation has degraded them, often to the extent that they no longer provide the services to society from which the settlements developed. Urban river restoration has expanded in recent years and part of this can be attributed to the increased recognition of the interconnected benefits that restored ecosystems can provide to society. This paper reviews the impact of urbanisation on rivers and the ecosystem services that they provide, and explores the ecosystem approach to restoration. Techniques and tools for the practical application of the ecosystem services approach in conservation are considered, with reference to case studies. There is a need to internalise ecosystem service insights into pragmatic, transparent and readily-used and understood planning tools, based on the capacities of a range of ecosystem services in river corridors. This is necessary if we are to avoid the continued erosion of critical resources such as rivers, rediscovering their multiple values to society, and to accelerate the translation of these sustainability concepts into applied tools. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Everard, M., & Moggridge, H. L. (2012). Rediscovering the value of urban rivers. Urban Ecosystems, 15(2), 293-314.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2012
Publicly Available Date
Journal Urban Ecosystems
Print ISSN 1083-8155
Electronic ISSN 1573-1642
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Pages 293-314
Keywords urban rivers, ecosystem services, Mayes Brook, societal benefits, lost rivers
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