River Conservation

River Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities

Sergi Sabater, Arturo Elosegi (Eds.)

River Conservation

July 2013
ISBN: 978-84-92937-47-9
Format: 17 x 23,5 cm
Pages: 400
Prize: 28 €


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Fundación BBVA, 2013
Plaza de San Nicolás, 4
48005 Bilbao

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Rivers are amongst the most diverse ecosystems, a source of essential services for Humanity, but also among the most endangered ecosystems on Earth. Rivers are threatened by multiple stressors, including changes in water flow, impacts on channel form, the reception of an increasing variety of novel pollutants, the overexploitation of resources, and habitat depletion. Riverine biodiversity is suffering dramatic decreases that threaten the functioning of these ecosystems and the services and benefits we obtain from them. River conservation is at the crossroad between sound science and the understanding of societal needs and policy issues.

River Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities discusses the main threats faced by river ecosystems, the main socioeconomic drivers of these threats, and the possibilities to conserve and restore rivers. The main message is one of urgency: there is no time to lose to preserve a significant proportion of river biodiversity. But it is also a message of hope: rivers are the fastest ecosystems to recover from disturbance, and it is possible to restore them to healthy states.

This book is addressed not only to scientists or environmentalists, but to every person interested in understanding and preserving one of the most fascinating parts of our Planet Earth.


About the Editors

Sergi Sabater is professor of Ecology at the University of Girona and senior researcher at the Catalan Institute for Water Research, both based in Girona, Spain. His research interests lie in the river structure and functioning, particularly the role that microbial biofilms play in river ecosystems. He has performed most of his research on Mediterranean river systems, and is especially keen to understand how much they are affected by rising water scarcity, pollution, and other human pressures, all of them impacting on water resources and biodiversity.

Arturo Elosegi is professor of Ecology at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. His research field focuses on river ecosystem functioning, including nutrient retention, storage and breakdown of organic matter, and whole stream metabolism. He is especially interested in the effects of human activities such as forestry and agriculture on river health, and in the interplay between hydromorphology and ecosystem functioning. He has participated in several restoration projects and collaborates actively with planners, policy makers and managers.