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‘Water and Biodiversity’ issue of Science for Environment Policy now online!

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A special themed issue of Science for Environment Policy focusing on water and biodiversity is now available online.
Over-fishing, pollution and invasive species are all significant threats to aquatic and marine ecosystems and policy measures to protect life in our waters must be scientifically sound in order to deal with the complexity of such pressures. The research featured in this issue can help policy makers understand biodiversity in water and different ways in which human activity can be managed to ensure both wildlife and humans benefit from healthy ecosystems.

The articles offer easy-to-read summaries of key studies in the field, to give a comprehensive view of the latest developments. They explore topics including:

• How can we design marine reserves to benefit both fisheries and conservation?
• Are deep-sea ecosystems being damaged by commercial fishing in shallower waters?
• How much are the public willing to pay to protect river biodiversity?

A number of EU polices and directives aim to improve the biodiversity in European waters. For example, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive aims to achieve good environmental status of the EU's marine waters by 2020 and to protect the resources upon which many economic and social activities depend. This in line with the objectives of the 2000 Water Framework Directive 2000 which requires surface freshwater and ground water bodies - such as lakes, streams, rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters - to be ecologically sound by 2015.

Science for Environment Policy is a free news service designed to strengthen links between environmental research and policy. ‘Water and Biodiversity’ is the twenty-second in a series of special Thematic Issues which take an in-depth look at issues high on the policy agenda. It is guest-edited by Dr Viera Straškrábová of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

In addition to monthly special issues, subscribers to Science for Environment Policy receive a weekly news alert by email covering a range of environmental research. All news alert articles and Thematic Issues can be viewed on the service’s website:

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Science for Environment Policy is published by the European Commission’s DG Environment and has 12,000 subscribers. It is edited by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England.



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