Managing specific freshwater ecosystems

Angela H. Arthington, Colin Finlayson, Dirk Roux, Jeanne Nel, Walter Rast, Ray Froend, Jane Turpie, Lara van Niekerk

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A number of relatively simple changes to the way Protected Areas (PAs) are designed and managed can help to further improve their conservation benefits for surface- and ground-water-dependent freshwater ecosystems and estuaries. These include: avoid using a river as the boundary of a PA; incorporate natural large-scale catchment processes into PAs; ensure that the water regimes of rivers, lakes, peatlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems, as well as their linkages and interactions, are recognized and well managed within PAs and their catchments; avoid development of visitor infrastructure on priority freshwater ecosystems in PAs; encourage expansion of existing PAs to incorporate biodiversity hotspots, functional processes and connectivity; and promote new PAs for the last remaining free-flowing rivers and other high priority freshwater ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreshwater ecosystems in protected areas
Subtitle of host publicationConservation and management
EditorsC.M. Finlayson, A.H. Arthington, J Pittock
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781315226385
ISBN (Print)9780415787147, 9780415787000
Publication statusPublished - 07 Dec 2017


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