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Integrated Valuation of Nature-Based Solutions Using TESSA: Three Floodplain Restoration Studies in the Danube Catchment

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Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Technical University of Munich, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Aueninstitut Neuburg, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Schloss Grünau, 86633 Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
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Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management, Technical University of Munich, Emil-Ramann-Str. 6, 85354 Freising, Germany
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Academic Editor: Andrzej Wałęga
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1482; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031482
Received: 28 November 2020 / Revised: 11 January 2021 / Accepted: 25 January 2021 / Published: 1 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nature-Based Solutions—Concept, Evaluation, and Governance)
Floodplain restoration measures are among the most well-known nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction but practitioners see their limitations in comparison to technical measures when considering both their effectiveness and profitability. The aim of this study is to show the co-benefits (besides flood risk reduction) of floodplain restoration and handle them in terms of monetized ecosystem services (ES). Our work focused on six ES groups for three study areas in the Danube catchment along the Krka, Morava, and Danube rivers. ES mapping through stakeholder engagement is also considered. We applied the methodologies suggested in the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-Based Assessment (TESSA) complemented with alternative methodologies (e.g., questionnaires on social media). Results show annual combined benefits of floodplain restoration in a range from 237,000 USD2019 at Krka to 3.1 million USD2019 at Morava, suggesting the utility of ES assessment. The combination of stakeholder workshops and the TESSA guidelines, as well as the newly developed methods, were all central tools to provide decision-makers with arguments to use nature-based solutions for an integrated and holistic riparian land use management. View Full-Text
Keywords: Nature-Based Solutions (NBS); floodplain restoration; ecosystem services; TESSA; stakeholder participation; Danube River Basin Nature-Based Solutions (NBS); floodplain restoration; ecosystem services; TESSA; stakeholder participation; Danube River Basin
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Perosa, F.; Gelhaus, M.; Zwirglmaier, V.; Arias-Rodriguez, L.F.; Zingraff-Hamed, A.; Cyffka, B.; Disse, M. Integrated Valuation of Nature-Based Solutions Using TESSA: Three Floodplain Restoration Studies in the Danube Catchment. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031482

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Perosa F, Gelhaus M, Zwirglmaier V, Arias-Rodriguez LF, Zingraff-Hamed A, Cyffka B, Disse M. Integrated Valuation of Nature-Based Solutions Using TESSA: Three Floodplain Restoration Studies in the Danube Catchment. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031482

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Perosa, Francesca, Marion Gelhaus, Veronika Zwirglmaier, Leonardo F. Arias-Rodriguez, Aude Zingraff-Hamed, Bernd Cyffka, and Markus Disse. 2021. "Integrated Valuation of Nature-Based Solutions Using TESSA: Three Floodplain Restoration Studies in the Danube Catchment" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031482

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