River restoration has become a paradigm for river managements in western societies over the past decades. Aiming at enhancing water quality, improving stream habitat, restoring fish passage, river restoration is a widely used tool by practitioners under a large variety of forms: floodplain remodeling, riparian vegetation planting, channels reconfiguration, dam removals…. For instance, more than 1300 dams have been removed between mainly to restore aquatic connectivity and improve water quality according to American Rivers, an American NGO dedicating to protecting rivers. Numerous studies have focused on the biological or geomorphological impacts of such projects. However, the role and the perception of residents within those operations are poorly understood as of today. Yet, they are amongst the most impacted by the changes occurring in their daily environment because restoration of rivers implies changes in the landscape but also for the access to the river or the type of plants and wildlife etc.
Moreover, river restoration has clear ecological goals and focuses on modifying environmental processes. It has direct links with science and the understanding of how rivers function. This functioning and the goal of restoring rivers can be difficult to apprehend for local residents. That is why we seek through this session to understand how river restoration project can constitute an opportunity to create (or recreate) a bond between residents and their rivers or more generally their daily environment. Can river restoration projects be a moment of education to nature by showing processes, implicating residents or by any other means?
Some themes this session seeks to address are:
- The means of communication used to favor environmental education during river restoration project
- The regulatory framework most likely to witness education project
- The role of stakeholders and their relationships in river restoration project
- Feedback from case studies
- The theoretical implications of river restoration, public participation, environmental education
|Presenter||Jessica Ty Miller*, Montclair State University , Gatekeeping Along the Musconetcong: Shad, Dam Removal, and Development||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||LE CALVEZ CAROLINE*, Université Rennes 2, Oppositions to the Restoration of Ecological Continuity in Brittany (France) : towards the recognition and the production of bonds between users and rivers||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Julie Minde*, GMU, Investigating Perceptions of Maps and Mapping Legitimacy in a Conflict Resolution Environment||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||Laurent Lespez*, University of Paris East Creteil, Marie-Anne Germaine, University Paris Nanterre, Elise Temple-Boyer, University Paris Nanterre, Small rivers restoration and inhabitants in Paris urban area||20||11:00 AM|
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