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The ecological role of ponds in a changing world

Publication Year

2014

Author(s)
  • Cereghino, Regis
  • Boix, Dani
  • Cauchie, Henry-Michel
  • Martens, Koen
  • Oertli, Beat
Source
HYDROBIOLOGIA Volume: 723 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-6 Published: 2014
ISSN
0018-8158 eISSN: 1573-5117
Abstract

The fifth conference of the European Pond Conservation Network (Luxembourg, June 2012) brought together researchers, environmental managers, and other stakeholders with the aim to share state-of-the-art knowledge on the ecology, management, and conservation of ponds in the context of the many challenges facing the wider water environment. Although well-known ecological patterns apply to most ponds in Europe and elsewhere, recent data highlight that part of the environmental variables governing pond biodiversity remain specific to climatic/biogeographic regions and to elevation ranges, suggesting that, in addition to common practice, management plans should include range-specific measures. Beyond the contribution of individual ponds to the aquatic and terrestrial life, connected networks of ponds are vital in the provision of new climate space as a response to global climate change, by allowing the observed northward and/or upward movements of species. In terms of services, ponds offer sustainable solutions to key issues of water management and climate change such as nutrient retention, rainfall interception, or carbon sequestration. While the ecological role of ponds is now well-established, authoritative research-based advice remains needed to inform future direction in the conservation of small water bodies and to further bridge the gap between science and practice.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Biological diversity
  • Conservation
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Freshwater ecology
KeyWord(s) Plus
  • FRENCH AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE
  • AQUATIC INSECTS
  • FARM PONDS
  • BIODIVERSITY
  • CONSERVATION
  • WETLAND
ESI Discipline(s)
  • Plant & Animal Science
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
Adress(es)

[Cereghino, Regis] Univ Toulouse, INP, UPS EcoLab, Lab Ecol Fonct & Environm, F-31062 Toulouse, France; [Cereghino, Regis] CNRS, EcoLab, UMR 5245, F-31062 Toulouse, France; [Boix, Dani] Univ Girona UdG, Inst Ecol Aquat, Girona 17071, Catalonia, Spain; [Cauchie, Henry-Michel] Ctr Rech Publ Gabriel Lippman, L-4422 Belvaux, Luxembourg; [Martens, Koen] Royal Belgian Inst Nat Sci, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; [Oertli, Beat] Univ Appl Sci Western Switzerland, CH-1254 Jussey, Switzerland

Reprint Adress

Cereghino, R (reprint author), Univ Toulouse, INP, UPS EcoLab, Lab Ecol Fonct & Environm, F-31062 Toulouse, France.

Country(ies)
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
CNRS - Adress(es)
  • Laboratoire d'écologie fonctionnelle et environnement (ECOLAB), UMR5245
Accession Number
WOS:000327896400001
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