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Freshwater reserves in Australia : directions and challenges for the development of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas

Fitzsimons, James and Robertson, Hugh A. 2005, Freshwater reserves in Australia : directions and challenges for the development of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas, Hydrobiologia, vol. 552, no. 1, pp. 87-97, doi: 10.1007/s10750-005-1507-4.

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Title Freshwater reserves in Australia : directions and challenges for the development of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas
Author(s) Fitzsimons, JamesORCID iD for Fitzsimons, James orcid.org/0000-0003-4277-8040
Robertson, Hugh A.
Journal name Hydrobiologia
Volume number 552
Issue number 1
Start page 87
End page 97
Publisher Springer-Verlag Dordrecht
Place of publication Delft, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 0018-8158
1573-5117
Keyword(s) reservation status
reserve design
wetlands
ecosystem classification
conservation
freshwater protected areas
Summary The establishment of a system of protected areas that samples all ecosystems, including freshwater environments, in a comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR) manner is regarded as a cornerstone for the conservation of biodiversity. There have been few quantitative assessments of the comprehensiveness, adequacy and representativeness of freshwater reserves in Australia. This paper reviews and quantifies the effect of classification of freshwater ecosystems for conservation planning, the importance of reservation status and protection measures for developing a CAR reserve system, and aspects of reserve design for freshwater ecosystems. We propose a strategic and iterative process that incorporates these measures to assist in the efficient and effective development of freshwater reserve systems worldwide. However, the provision of suitable water regimes for freshwater reserves presents further ecological and political challenges, and even adequate reservation of freshwater ecosystems may not conserve constituent biodiversity without effective management.
Notes To obtain full text, please contact the author at jfitzsimons@tnc.org
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10750-005-1507-4
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003016

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Ecology and Environment
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