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Getting it together for freshwater ecosystems

October 15, 2010

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Today, thousands of bloggers across hundreds of counties will take part in Blog Action Day, an annual event to raise awareness about a single topic – this year focussed on freshwater.  An impressive list of participants – including Google, Greenpeace and the White House blog – will all post on a range of human rights, environmental, animal welfare and sustainability issues surrounding access to clean water.

We believe that BioFresh can lend an important voice to this discussion.  By creating a shared network of global freshwater biodiversity data, the project will better our understanding of the status and trends of freshwater ecosystems, and so allow effective conservation strategies to be planned.  This week’s post on a recent Nature article emphasised the pressing need for accurate biodiversity datasets in order to map the threats faced by freshwater ecosystems.

The value of this data lies solely in its use.  That’s why we are spearheading new and creative ways of engaging new users with BioFresh in order to encourage use of our open access data portals, and to raise awareness of the urgency of biodiversity loss from freshwater systems.  Whilst our focus is on biodiversity, the conservation of healthy freshwater ecosystems provides numerous beneficial services to humans – such as water security, clean drinking water and flood control.  Today’s Blog Action Day is about raising awareness of these benefits, and highlighting the numerous threats to freshwater ecosystems.  We at BioFresh are glad to be involved.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Atuhaire Wellen permalink
    October 17, 2010 10:59

    Freshwater biodiversity conitnues to face unprecednted challenges due to both natural and anthropogenic events. Where as anthropogenic effects on freshwater biodiversity receive much attention from the concerned, it is vital that even natural causes of threats be treated as vital as mans effects. Of more importance would be activities that release one or more or the following
    – Nutrients- N,&P
    – Oxygen demanding substances
    – Temperature deviating processes
    – Sediment loading processes
    – Substances that deter thepH of freshwaters and so on….

    • October 18, 2010 08:13

      Thanks for your comment Atuhaire, and thanks for bringing the point up. Would it be possible, though, to argue that the threats posed by those natural processes are often exacerbated by human influence?

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