Do not restore the past

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In the past, many river projects aimed at attaining certain target reference states, based on images of pristine or historical states of the river. The desire to re-create the past is tempting, but river systems follow complex trajectories that frequently make it impossible to return to a previous state. Reference-based strategies are therefore progressively replaced by objective-based strategies that reflect the practical limitations of developing sustainable landscapes and the emerging importance of accounting for human services of the target ecosystem:

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