This article presents a scientific overview of the basic implementation of the principles of ecological engineer ing in riparian zone management and restoration. The first section discusses the main elements in riparian zones, especially riparian buffer zones and buffers strips. The subsequent sections concentrate on the various functions of riparian buffers and design criteria in agri cultural watersheds. The dimensioning, efficiency assessment, management and restoration principles of riparian buffer zones, as well as investigation results from selected case studies will be analyzed in the final sections.

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