30. januar 2014

Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas launched

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns is launched at the land-mark Water Lives symposium bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists.

A challenge for policy is how to integrate protection of freshwater life and the ecosystem services it provides with real and pressing demands on freshwater resources from the energy, food and sanitation sectors.

This new Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas is a response from freshwater scientists to this policy challenge. It provides policy-makers, water managers and scientists with an online, open-access and interactive gateway to key geographical information and spatial data on freshwater biodiversity across different scales. The Atlas is a resource for better, evidenced-based decision making in the area of water policy, science and management. Read more.