River restoration in the Tisza River Basin: conflicting interests and the future of the aquatic macrophyte vegetation
Janauer, Georg A.; Jolankai, G. Geza; Exler, Norbert
The current status of the aquatic vegetation in significant Tisza River oxbows is described. Aspects of dominance and possible problems raised by protected, but aggressively competitive, species are highlighted. The gap between some stakeholder interests and the needs for sustaining biological quality in the oxbows is indicated. Predictive GIS scenarios for the Csatloi oxbow, which is a natural sanctuary in the middle reach of the Hungarian Tisza, show the results of possible management strategies. Sensible ecohydrological planning, and focussing stakeholder interests on different reaches of the floodplain, without sacrificing flood protection, are presented as the solution to urgent problems of river restoration.