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Human-River Encounter Sites: Looking for Harmony between Humans and Nature in Cities

Abstract : Human welfare depends on the health of nature. Decades of ill-conceived management practices caused a decline in the quality of human life, as well as in biological and cultural diversity. Simultaneously, they increased social and ecological risks. For instance, mismanagement of urban rivers jeopardizes their ecological health and ability to provide ecosystem services. While demands for responsible urban riverscape design that fulfill both human and ecosystem needs are increasing, explicit recommendations to achieve these ambitious goals are still lacking. We present a first attempt of a conceptualization of Human–River Encounter Sites for urban rivers that targets reconciliation between humans and nature within urban river corridors. It builds upon the River Culture Concept with literature reviews and experiences from river restoration projects. We identify six tenets that are important to develop guidelines for Human–River Encounter Sites: health, safety, functionality, accessibility, collaboration, and awareness. This paper presents how these tenets can collectively help to harmonize the needs of citizens and biota, and to mitigate the current urban river crisis. This contribution feeds the debate on sustainable socio-ecological management of urban rivers and provides guidelines for the implementation of future urban river restorations and management efforts
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Aude Zingraff-Hamed, Mathieu Bonnefond, Sebastien Bonthoux, Nicolas Legay, Sabine Greulich, et al.. Human-River Encounter Sites: Looking for Harmony between Humans and Nature in Cities. Sustainability, MDPI, 2021, 13 (5), pp.2864. ⟨10.3390/su13052864⟩. ⟨hal-03181562⟩

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