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ROMERO, Fabián I; COZANO, Miguel A; GANGAS, Rodrigo A  y  NAULIN, Paulette I. Riparian zones: Protection, restoration and legal context in Chile. Bosque (Valdivia) [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.1, pp.3-12. ISSN 0717-9200.

Riparian zones are ecosystems dependent on courses or water bodies with a variable array of vegetation immersed in watersheds. These areas perform essential functions to the preservation of ecosystems and their spatial relations, influencing species richness and natural beauty, while providing goods and services for biodiversity and human welfare. Therefore, in any territorial unit, it is necessary to place the quality and relevance of riparian systems into context, given their importance as economic resources and providers of ecosystem services. However, the evaluation of the conservation status of these systems implies collecting those aspects that allow carrying out activities under current environmental regulations, guarantying the safekeeping of these systems in the long term. This paper explores the relevance of riparian zones in general and their participation in current Chilean legislation, with the aim of providing further information on their restoration and conservation. Chilean legislation identifies riparian zones as associated with ecosystem protection, but some weaknesses have been identified regarding the incorporation of the concept of restoration and the lack of financial incentives to carry out better protection. National Government should consider as a goal to create or adapt norms that allow protection as well as restoration of riparian systems, which would provide long-term viability to these ecosystems and their functions.

Palabras clave : riparian vegetation; legislation; conservation; ecosystem services.

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