Hot off the press! This report was just published by the Global Water Partnership, the International Network of Basin Organizations, ONEMA, and the International Office for Water: The Handbook for Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems in River and Lake Basins.
From the website:
The handbook provides an insight into the key issues linked to managing and restoring aquatic ecosystems. The information draws from real-life experiences, practical examples and expertise acquired in national and transboundary basins throughout the world involving people from public authorities and water practitioners right down to community levels. It is the knowledge source that not only explains clear benefits aquatic ecosystems provide, but also provides practical application through the IWRM approach in order to tackle economic challenges without jeopardizing the aquatic ecosystems.
And the foreword:
Freshwater resources are increasingly used, wasted and polluted, with the result that aquatic ecosystems are threatened and sometimes destroyed.
Aquatic ecosystems provide several services for producing, regulating and structuring. Wetlands improve water quality by trapping sediments, filtering pollutants and absorbing nutrients. They play also a key role in the control of floods and prevention of droughts. However, human action and activities often disturb the structure of the biotope, cause organic pollution and many of the world’s rivers have become fragmented.
Many countries have introduced an integrated approach to water resources management (IWRM) into their policies. Hydrological, social, economic and environmental interdependences occur in the catchment areas of rivers, lakes and aquifers. This is therefore where integrated development and management of water resources and territories is likely to be the most successful.
The joint study of “green” and “grey” infrastructure constitutes a new paradigm, and Natural Water Retention Measures provide a wide range of benefits for flood control and ecosystem services. Combining the conservation of aquatic ecosystem services with IWRM is a very effective strategy for achieving water security and adapting to the effects of climate change.
To support this process, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), ONEMA and the International Office for Water (IOWater) have worked together to publish this Handbook. This collective work provides relevant and practical information that can assist the improved management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems.
This Handbook addresses a large number of stakeholders involved both in restoration of ecosystems and integrated management of water resources, including practitioners and, more broadly, representatives of public authorities, water users, non-governmental stakeholders and anyone with an interest in these subjects. They all are invited to work together to meet the many current and future challenges.
This new work supplements the Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Basins, published in March 2009 at the Fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul, and the Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers, published in March 2012 at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille. Another handbook is being published simultaneously, in partnership with UNECE, on “Water and climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: Lessons learned and good practices”.
We welcome your comments and contributions to this new handbook, which we consider to be a platform for sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions.
Here are the other handbooks in this series:
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