Synthesis Ecological engineering in aquatic environments: why and how?
The human being has always built the natural environment to suit their needs.
Over the last two centuries this development has often been against nature, considered as inconsistent and sometimes dangerous.
This mode of action, even if it was effective at first, has now resulted in a large number of environmental issues: ecosystems deregulation, pollution of the natural environment, difficulties in mobilizing the resources…
Ecological engineering is to consider nature as a partner rather than an adversary, and that a healthy environment can provide more services as a damaged one.
This text is a summary of a more detailed book illustrated with examples.
For decision-makers, the aim of this document is to demonstrate that acting by and for nature can meet the various society demands, from the preservation of the water quality to the valuation of river banks through the protection against flooding.