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

September meeting to be hosted by the UCL Environmental Change Research Centre

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

The rate of biodiversity loss across the world is accelerating to a point where we face a major biodiversity crisis. Freshwaters have, until recently, received relatively little attention in European and global biodiversity assessments. Conservation research in particular has focused more on terrestrial or charismatic species groups. There is a pressing need to determine the critical factors responsible for the loss of freshwater biodiversity and to ensure that scientific research in this area is made more accessible, practical and useful for society as a whole.

Dr Martin Kernan has organised a one day symposium on 20th September to focus on freshwater biodiversity, bringing together key scientists, policy makers and managers to address concerns over; i)  the scale of freshwater biodiversity loss, ii) the role of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystem functioning, iii) pressures on the biodiversity of standing and running waters, iv) the importance of biodiversity to society, v) freshwater biodiversity and conservation policy and vi) public understanding of freshwater biodiversity issues.

For full details of the programme, including speakers and topics, and to register for the event please go to:

http://aquaticbiodiversity.eventbrite.com/


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