The riparian forests are remarkable elements of mediterranean landscapes. Natural forests (Woodland), they concern an important hydrographic long linear network and spread more or less widely from both sides of the river: sometimes in simple afforestation near the banks minors beds, sometimes in real complex and diverse alluvial forests. Their existence depends on the presence of a shallow water table and periodic flooding.
In this book, the Mediterranean riparian forests are first bioclimatic replaces in their regional context. They are considered from the perspective of their regional bioclimatic context. They are considered from the perspective of their heritage value, their ecological functions, their integration into the landscape, finally, their restoration and maintenance. The conclusion takes up the question of the originality of Mediterranean riparian forest in a water management perspective, land and landscapes.
Reference: H et O Décamps (2002) Ripisylves méditerranéennes, A J Crivelli, J Jalbert (eds), Conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes – no 12, Tour du Valat, Arles (France)
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