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Freshwater Biodiversity in the UK: status, threats and conservation concerns

A one day meeting on biodiversity of UK freshwaters
When Sep 20, 2012
from 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM
Where University College London, UK
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Contact Phone +44 (0)207 679 0523
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The rate of biodiversity loss across the world is accelerating to the extent that we on the verge of a major biodiversity crisis. Freshwaters have, until recently, received relatively little attention in European and global biodiversity assessments with conservation research in particular focusing more on terrestrial or charismatic species groups. There is a pressing need to determine the critical factors responsible for the loss of biodiversity and to ensure that the outputs of scientific research in this area are made more accessible, practical and useful for society as a whole. This one day meeting, the first of its kind to focus on freshwater biodiversity, will bring together key scientists, policy makers and managers responsible for freshwaters to address this concern, focussing especially on the UK.

Central themes will be:

  • The scale of freshwater biodiversity loss
  • The role of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystem functioning
  • Pressures on the biodiversity of standing and running waters
  • The importance of biodiversity to society
  • Freshwater biodiversity and conservation policy
  • Public understanding of freshwater biodiversity issues

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