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BioFresh, a freshwaterBIODIVERSITY endorsed project, released new research finding

New research conducted by the BioFresh FP7 Research Project shows that conservation planning efforts focused on birds and mammals may miss critical habitat for freshwater biodiversity

The research findings were published in the paper “Implications of bias in conservation research and investment for freshwater species” (Journal Conservation Letters 4, 2011) and are summarised in the attached Policy Brief.

Key lessons from this research are:

(1) Areas of highest species richness and threat are congruent with areas where reliance on ecosystem services by humans and pressures placed on freshwater ecosystems are high;

(2) Conservation research and management has concentrated on species groups (birds and mammals) that are poor surrogates for depicting the trends affecting freshwater groups. This can result in underrepresentation of freshwater species in certain protected area networks;

(3) Assessing, mapping and valuing freshwater species requires empirical data about freshwater species specifically, rather than relying on other species groups to act as surrogates for conservation planning.

Read the BioFresh policy brief.

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