Special Issue "Inland Aquatic Ecosystems and Conservation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Assist. Prof. Manuela Morais
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, University of Évora/Instituto de Ciências da Terra, Rua Romão Ramalho, 59, 7002–554 Évora, Portugal
Interests: limnology; intermittent streams; bioindicators; macroinvertebrates; ecosystem services; mitigation measures; restoration solutions
Dr. Maria Helena Novais
Guest Editor
Renewable Energies Chair—University of Évora, Casa Cordovil, Rua D. Augusto Eduardo Nunes nº7, Évora, 7000-651, Portugal
Interests: limnology; intermittent rivers; bioindication; freshwater diatoms; solar photocatalysis for water treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Inland aquatic ecosystems comprise natural and manmade water bodies, including rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, floodplains, reservoirs, and irrigation channels, among others. These systems are subject to a variety of anthropogenic threats worldwide, and some of them are already irreversibly damaged. So far, human activities and disturbances, including inappropriate land use practices, pollution, basin disturbances, invasive species, and climate change, have fragmented aquatic habitats, disrupting the natural functioning of both physical and ecological processes and degrading biodiversity and water quality. Nevertheless, it is recognized that these ecosystems are a biodiversity hotspot which supports almost 10% of all species, while also providing numerous economic benefits to society.

At a global scale, the current broad policy landscape, such as the EU Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive, among others, imply that sustainable management requires integrated solutions to manage aquatic ecosystems as truly social-ecological systems.

This Special issue will address different actions that lead to the conservation of these ecosystems. Therefore, we invite papers focusing on the improvement of knowledge, the disclosure of effective practices to mitigate the anthropogenic threats, and the proposal of restoration solutions to enhance the resilience of aquatic ecosystems and contribute to aquatic biodiversity, as well as to ensure the ongoing provision of ecosystem services.

Assist. Prof. Manuela Morais
Dr. Maria Helena Novais
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • anthropogenic threats
  • aquatic biodiversity
  • ecosystem services
  • mitigation measures
  • restoration solutions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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