Research Topic

Implementing Environmental Flows: Lessons for Policy and Practice

About this Research Topic

River flow has been described as the “master variable” which influences the condition of many freshwater ecosystems. Widespread and significant alteration of river flow regimes around the world, linked to dam construction and abstraction of water for multiple human uses, is a significant cause of observed ...

River flow has been described as the “master variable” which influences the condition of many freshwater ecosystems. Widespread and significant alteration of river flow regimes around the world, linked to dam construction and abstraction of water for multiple human uses, is a significant cause of observed rapid declines in freshwater biodiversity. Altered flows also impact on the maintenance of a range of important ecosystem goods and services.

In 2007, the Brisbane Declaration on Environmental Flows set out a global action agenda that addressed the urgent need to protect river flows globally. The Declaration defined the “environmental flow” of a river as “the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on these ecosystems.” In recent decades scientists have made substantial strides in the development of tools and techniques that can help to define environmental flow requirements in specific river systems. Governments and water management authorities across the world have developed policies and laws to recognize the role that environmental flows should have in river management and water allocation plans. However, implementation of such flows in practice remains a challenge, largely because of a lack of political will and stakeholder support, institutional barriers and insufficient resources and capacity in water management organizations.

The purpose of the Research Topic is to provide new insights and evidence on how environmental flows can be implemented in practice. We particularly welcome case studies which take a multi-disciplinary view, drawing on social as well as biophysical sciences, and which analyse how political, cultural, institutional and economic barriers to implementation have been overcome such that river flows have been successfully protected or restored. We also welcome studies which extrapolate internationally-applicable lessons from one or more river management contexts in which water allocation regimes have been revised, or water infrastructure operational regimes have been amended, in order to protect or restore environmental flows.


Keywords: environmental flows, river management, water policy, water security, water governance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Recent Articles

Loading..

About Frontiers Research Topics

With their unique mixes of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area! Find out more on how to host your own Frontiers Research Topic or contribute to one as an author.

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

15 December 2017 Manuscript
31 January 2018 Manuscript Extension

Participating Journals

Manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following journals:

Loading..

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

15 December 2017 Manuscript
31 January 2018 Manuscript Extension

Participating Journals

Manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following journals:

Loading..
Loading..

total views article views article downloads topic views

}
 
Top countries
Top referring sites
Loading..

Comments

Loading..

Add a comment

Add comment
Back to top