project

SOSTPRO

SOurce STream (headwater) PROtection from forest practices: what are the costs and benefits, and how best to do it?
French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Funder: French National Research Agency (ANR)Project code: ANR-16-WTW5-0002
  • Funder Contribution: 807,659 EUR
Description
Source streams, or headwaters, are often provided with the least protection from forestry and other land uses. However, the impact on ecological status of small streams from increasing water temperature, mobilising sediment, nutrients and contaminants may overwhelm the resilience of these stream ecosystems. Moreover, such changes initiate the downstream transport of these altered conditions. Protection of source streams by providing sufficient buffers is considered to be costly, but that is primarily as opportunity costs for industry. When the values of ecosystem services to downstream users is included, there is a potentially different solution. This is critica...
Description
Source streams, or headwaters, are often provided with the least protection from forestry and other land uses. However, the impact on ecological status of small streams from increasing water temperature, mobilising sediment, nutrients and contaminants may overwhelm the resilience of these stream ecosystems. Moreover, such changes initiate the downstream transport of these altered conditions. Protection of source streams by providing sufficient buffers is considered to be costly, but that is primarily as opportunity costs for industry. When the values of ecosystem services to downstream users is included, there is a potentially different solution. This is critica...
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