SS9 - Conservation

Advances in conservation and management planning for freshwater systems

Convenors: Virgilio Hermoso1 , Miguel Cañedo-Argüelles2
Affiliation: 1Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (Spain), 2 BETA Technological Centre, Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (Spain)
Contact e-mail: virgilio.hermoso@gmail.com; mcanedo.fem@gmail.com

Brief synopsis of the session:
Freshwater biodiversity is globally declining at alarming rates (higher than those reported for terrestrial and marine ecosystems). The complex management of these systems in the face of increasing conflicts between growing demand and diminishing resources under the effects of climate change urges scientists, managers and policy-makers to improve our capacity to ensure a more sustainable future and the persistence of freshwater biodiversity. In this session we will talk about new tools that allow us to incorporate objective criteria into conservation and restoration planning to enhance the efficiency of protected areas for freshwater biodiversity through the application of systematic planning approaches. The session is aimed at opening the debate on how we can improve our current conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems.

List of potential contributors to the session:

  • Simon Linke, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University (Australia)
  • Núria Bonada, Freshwater Ecology and Management Research Group, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Pepe Barquín, Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental, Universidad de Cantabria (Spain)
  • Simone Langhans (Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany)
  • Steph Januchowski-Hartley (Paul Sabatier University, France), Tibor Eros (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)