Sustainable lake restoration: from challenges to solutions

Tammeorg, Olga; Chorus, Ingrid; Spears, Bryan ORCID:; Nõges, Peeter; Nürnberg, Gertrud K.; Tammeorg, Priit; Søndergaard, Martin; Jeppesen, Erik; Paerl, Hans; Huser, Brian; Horppila, Jukka; Jilbert, Tom; Budzyńska, Agnieszka; Dondajewska‐Pielka, Renata; Gołdyn, Ryszard; Haasler, Sina; Hellsten, Seppo; Härkönen, Laura H.; Kiani, Mina; Kozak, Anna; Kotamäki, Niina; Kowalczewska‐Madura, Katarzyna; Newell, Silvia; Nurminen, Leena; Nõges, Tiina; Reitzel, Kasper; Rosińska, Joanna; Ruuhijärvi, Jukka; Silvonen, Soila; Skov, Christian; Važić, Tamara; Ventelä, Anne‐Mari; Waajen, Guido; Lürling, Miquel. 2024 Sustainable lake restoration: from challenges to solutions. WIREs Water, 11 (2), e1689. 26, pp.

Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
N536055JA.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (6MB) | Preview


Sustainable management of lakes requires us to overcome ecological, economic, and social challenges. These challenges can be addressed by focusing on achieving ecological improvement within a multifaceted, co-beneficial context. In-lake restoration measures may promote more rapid ecosystem responses than is feasible with catchment measures alone, even if multiple interventions are needed. In particular, we identify restoration methods that support the overarching societal target of a circular economy through the use of nutrients, sediments, or biomass that are removed from a lake, in agriculture, as food, or for biogas production. In this emerging field of sustainable restoration techniques, we show examples, discuss benefits and pitfalls, and flag areas for further research and development. Each lake should be assessed individually to ensure that restoration approaches will effectively address lake-specific problems, do not harm the target lake or downstream ecosystems, are cost-effective, promote delivery of valuable ecosystem services, minimize conflicts in public interests, and eliminate the necessity for repeated interventions. Achieving optimal, sustainable results from lake restoration relies on multidisciplinary research and close interactions between environmental, social, political, and economic sectors.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2049-1948
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: sustainable lake restoration, socio-economic benefits, eutrophication, nutrient recycling, cathment and in-lake measures
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 09 Nov 2023 14:00 +0 (UTC)

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

Downloads for past 30 days

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...