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Show simple item record Nel, JL Roux, DJ Abell, R Ashton, PJ Cowling, RM Higgins, JV Thieme, M Viers, JH 2012-07-26T13:01:02Z 2012-07-26T13:01:02Z 2009-06
dc.identifier.citation Nel, JL, Roux, DJ, Abell, R, Ashton, PJ, Cowling, RM, Higgins, JV, Thieme, M and Viers, JH. 2009. Progress and challenges in freshwater conservation planning. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol. 19(4), pp 474-485 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1052-7613
dc.description Copyright: 2009 Wiley. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY. en_US
dc.description.abstract Freshwater ecosystems and their associated biota are among the most endangered in the world. This, combined with escalating human pressure on water resources, demands that urgent measures be taken to conserve freshwater ecosystems and the services they provide. Systematic conservation planning provides a strategic and scientifically defensible framework for doing this. Here, we consider early progress in freshwater conservation planning, and identify some pressing research gaps for advancing the field. Challenges relating to both improvement of scientific rigour and implementation of freshwater conservation plans are identified. High demand for water from multiple stakeholders requires planning for implementation from the outset. Three guidelines are suggested for promoting effective implementation: assessing socioeconomic and institutional contexts, promoting cooperation, and embedding plans within a monitoring and evaluation framework. These guidelines are based on experiences from integrated water resource management and terrestrial conservation planning; however, many remain to be applied and tested in a freshwater conservation context. Scientific progress and research gaps are discussed in the context of setting quantitative conservation targets, developing freshwater biodiversity surrogates, incorporating connectivity, and designing freshwater conservation area networks. Some progress has been made in establishing basic information required to tackle conservation planning from a freshwater perspective; however much research is still required to improve the scientific credibility of this information. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;8844
dc.subject River conservation en_US
dc.subject Biodiversity en_US
dc.subject Integrated water resources management en_US
dc.subject River basin management en_US
dc.subject Catchment management en_US
dc.title Progress and challenges in freshwater conservation planning en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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