OSCAR

Optimising the configuration of woody riparian buffer strips along rivers to enhance biodiversity and eco-system services

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The EU-funded project Oscar (Optimising the configuration of woody riparian buffer strips along rivers to enhance biodiversity and eco-system services) synthesises existing and emer­ging knowledge on woody riparian buffer strips. It will investigate both the biodiversity benefits of woody buffer strips as well as the ecosystem services they can provide which both depend on their spatial arrangement (e.g. connected or fragmented).

An integrated assessment of effects of woody riparian buffers on ecosystem function and service provision will provide the basis for environmental policy and management recommendations, e.g. the effectiveness of different spatial configurations of woody buffer strips under different manage­ment and climate change scenarios. Oscar will produce a GIS-based decision analysis tool which will help guide management and policy decision-making.

Our aim is to provide water managers and policy makers with recommendations about how woody buffer strip conservation and restoration might be optimised. Communication of project findings will take place through local stakeholder engagement in different case-study catchments, and with working groups at the national and EU level.

Short Profile

Duration

01.03.2017
28.02.2020
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Research Domain
(CCRD 3) Human-aquatic-ecosystem interactions
Team
Topic
Funded by

BiodivERsA3-2015-108

Partners

University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, GERMANY (Coordinator)

Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l’Environnement et l’Agrictulture, Lyon-Villeurbane, FRANCE

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, NORWAY

Contact person

Markus Venohr

Research group leader
Working group
River system modelling

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