Corrigendum to "Environmental flows in the Anthropocence: Past progress and future prospects" [Curr. Opin. Environ. Sustain. 5, (2013), 667-675]

LeRoy POFF, J.H. Matthews

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    Human modification of the global hydrologic cycle through the
    building and operation of hundreds of thousands of dams and
    diversions has significantly altered fluvial processes, leading to
    impairment of river ecosystem function and biodiversity loss
    worldwide. The concept of environmental flows (e-flows)
    emerged to mitigate the undesirable hydrological impacts of
    dams and water diversions, in order to strengthen ecologically
    informed water management. In this paper, we outline the
    scientific foundations and progressive development of the
    current e-flows framework over the last 25 years, identifying
    three discrete periods in its history: emergence and synthesis,
    consolidation and expansion, and globalization. We highlight
    the evolving challenges and audiences that e-flows engages,
    and discuss the challenges facing the framework during the
    current period of rapid global change. For e-flows to contribute
    most effectively to sustainable freshwater management on a
    global scale, it must, first, move from a focus on restoration to
    one of adaptation to climate and other environmental change
    stressors, second, expand its scale from single sites to whole
    river basins, and third, broaden its audience to embrace socialecological
    sustainability that balances freshwater conservation
    needs with human well-being in both developing and
    developed economies alike.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)140
    Number of pages1
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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