Special Issue "The WFD 20 Years After—Ecological Status Assessment and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis
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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research - Inst. of Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters, Dept. of Inland Waters, 19013 Anavissos Attikis, Greece
Interests: water quality; ecological status; temporary (intermittent) streams; biogeochemical process; river basin management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Twenty years has passed since the WFD was adopted by the European Parliament. Putting ecosystem integrity at the base of management decisions, the way EU Member States have implemented water management has improved dramatically. An enormous number of new ecological assessment methods has been developed, greatly improving the monitoring and assessment of waterbody ecological status, and thousands of European waterbodies have been classified regarding their status, thereby providing a better basis for their restoration. However, the WFD’s primary objective, i.e., achievement of good status of Europe’s waters, has not yet been accomplished; the results from the second RBMPs show that European aquatic ecosystems remain under pressure from multiple stressors, which affect their functioning, contribute to biodiversity loss, and threaten the long-term delivery of ecosystem services. This Special Issue seeks to summarize and highlight the need for an improvement of the WFD implementation process, particularly focusing on the current practices and future requirements regarding aquatic ecosystems’ monitoring, assessment, management, and restoration.

Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • intermittent (temporary) waterbodies
  • cost-effective monitoring
  • ecological status assessment
  • uncertainty
  • traits
  • multiple stressors
  • ecological response
  • functional assessments
  • modeling
  • ecosystem services
  • restoration
  • nature-based solutions
  • ecological flows
  • floodplain rehabilitation

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Chorological and Ecological Differentiation of the Commonest Leech Species from the Suborder Erpobdelliformes (Arhynchobdellida, Hirudinea) on the Balkan Peninsula
Water 2020, 12(2), 356; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12020356 - 28 Jan 2020
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This study is the result of extensive investigations of leeches on the Balkan Peninsula. Our aim was to detect actual and potential (modeled) distributions of common Erpobdellidae species, and to identify their ecological differentiation with respect to the altitudinal and waterbody type gradient. [...] Read more.
This study is the result of extensive investigations of leeches on the Balkan Peninsula. Our aim was to detect actual and potential (modeled) distributions of common Erpobdellidae species, and to identify their ecological differentiation with respect to the altitudinal and waterbody type gradient. Although widespread, these species rarely live together. Intense competition is avoided by preferences for different types of habitats. This was confirmed by Pearson correlation analyses that yielded negative results. Differentiation of these species was clarified by the results of logistic Gaussian regression analyses. While Erpobdella octoculata and Dina lineata have a similar distribution along the altitudinal gradient, they prefer different waterbody types. Erpobdella vilnensis prefers higher altitudes than the other two species. Its preferred habitats are smaller rivers and streams located at altitudes from 400 to 1000 m a.s.l. Although present in all waterbody types, large lowland rivers and standing waterbodies are the preferred habitats of E. octoculata. Fast-flowing springs and streams are mostly inhabited by D. lineata. While the distribution of the species overlaps to a large degree, the ecological preferences of species differ significantly and thus they can be used as confident typological descriptors and indicators of ecological status. Full article
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