Defining Living Rivers through Indicators of Socio-Fluvial Interactions

Authors: BERTRAND MORANDI*, , Jamie Linton, Université de Limoges, Natacha Jacquin, Université de Limoges
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: Rivers, social indicators, socio-fluvial relations, politics, living rivers
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Jackson, Marriott, 5th Floor
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This paper describes a concept and method for developing a set of indicators of the quality of interactions between people and rivers. Numerous biological, ecological and fluvial-geomorphological indicators exist to describe aspects of the biophysical qualities of rivers. However, despite widespread recognition of the importance of what might be termed socio-fluvial interactions, little work has been done to define these interactions in an operational sense, to describe exactly in what they might consist, and to develop a means of accounting for them. To advance this agenda, we have identified four broad categories of socio-fluvial interactions – political, cultural, recreational and economic –and we have developed an observatory to account for the presence and quality of these interactions in each category. The result is a set of indicators of Living Rivers, which we define as rivers that have a social life in the sense that they are part of the culture, the politics, the economy and the recreational life of people. In the paper, we report on progress made to date in developing the indicators.

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