Special Issue "Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management in Fresh and Transitional Waters"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2021) | Viewed by 4459
Fresh and transitional water ecosystems are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world, as a consequence of the combined effects of many anthropogenic impacts such as water pollution and withdrawal, flow modification and river fragmentation, land use and reclamation, overexploitation of resources, and the introduction and spread of exotic species. Environmental changes occurring at the global scale, such as warming and shifts in precipitation and runoff patterns, and nitrogen deposition add their effects, leading to habitat degradation and loss, and ultimately impairing the structure and function of ecosystems and threatening the aquatic biodiversity they support.
The threats affecting freshwater ecosystems and associated transitional waters such as estuaries, wetlands, and coastal lagoons are a direct consequence of the multiple uses of inland and coastal ecosystems, that have provided a livelihood to humans since ancient times. Goods and services provided by these aquatic ecosystems rely on water and living resources as well as on their ecological features. Along with increasing consumption patterns and human impacts, competition among multiple stakeholders has also risen, and this has further affected the biological integrity and the ecological functioning of inland and transitional waters, increasing concerns about their ability to further support important ecosystem services.
Investigating the relationships between biodiversity and functioning of aquatic ecosystems is crucial not only for understanding the role of species and habitats in supporting ecosystem services, but also for the implications related to management. The adoption of sustainable management schemes, balancing conservation requirements, and socio-economical dimensions will critically influence the long-term ability of aquatic ecosystems to maintain their basic attributes and at the same time withstand the sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services.
Within this framework, this Special Issue will gather contributions that address biodiversity conservation within ecosystem management in inland waters (rivers, lakes, reservoirs) and associated transitional ecosystems (estuaries, wetlands, coastal lagoons), with particular emphasis on integrated management and sustainable exploitation of water and living resources, habitat restoration, and reserve management for biodiversity conservation, interactions among stakeholders, and protective legislation.
Prof. Dr. Eleonora Ciccotti
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- inland aquatic ecosystems
- integrated management