Key Points to Retain

The extent, structure, and diversity of flood-plain forests have been strongly modified by human pressures. Yet they are areas with a high biological diversity, and specificity, and riparian areas are important for fish, amphibians, and mammals and for fluvial system functioning.

Restoration of floodplain forests can be achieved at three scales: catchment, reach, and local scales.

Some important tools for restoring flood-plain forests include assessment and inventories, monitoring, and integrated river basin management.

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