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People need freshwater biodiversity

Lynch, Abigail J., Cooke, Steven J., Arthington, Angela H., Baigun, Claudio, Bossenbroek, Lisa, Dickens, Chris, Harrison, Ian, Kimirei, Ismael, Langhans, Simone D., Murchie, Karen J., Olden, Julian D., Ormerod, Steve J. ORCID:, Owuor, Margaret, Raghavan, Rajeev, Samways, Michael J., Schinegger, Rafaela, Sharma, Subodh, Tachamo-Shah, Ram-Devi, Tickner, David, Tweddle, Denis, Young, Nathan and Jähnig, Sonja C. 2023. People need freshwater biodiversity. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water 10 (3) , e1633. 10.1002/wat2.1633

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Freshwater biodiversity, from fish to frogs and microbes to macrophytes, provides a vast array of services to people. Mounting concerns focus on the accelerating pace of biodiversity loss and declining ecological function within freshwater ecosystems that continue to threaten these natural benefits. Here, we catalog nine fundamental ecosystem services that the biotic components of indigenous freshwater biodiversity provide to people, organized into three categories: material (food; health and genetic resources; material goods), non-material (culture; education and science; recreation), and regulating (catchment integrity; climate regulation; water purification and nutrient cycling). If freshwater biodiversity is protected, conserved, and restored in an integrated manner, as well as more broadly appreciated by humanity, it will continue to contribute to human well-being and our sustainable future via this wide range of services and associated nature-based solutions to our sustainable future.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2049-1948
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 April 2023
Date of Acceptance: 2 January 2023
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 14:37

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