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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

A global agenda for advancing freshwater biodiversity research

Maasri, Alain; Jaehnig, Sonja C.; Adamescu, Mihai C.; Adrian, Rita; Baigun, Claudio; Baird, Donald J.; Batista-Morales, Angelica; Bonada, Nuria; Brown, Lee E.; Cai, Qinghua; Campos-Silva, Joao, V; Clausnitzer, Viola; Contreras-MacBeath, Topiltzin; Cooke, Steven J.; Datry, Thibault; Delacamara, Gonzalo; De Meester, Luc; Dijkstra, Klaus-Douwe B.; Van Tu Do; Domisch, Sami;
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Global freshwater biodiversity is declining dramatically, and meeting the challenges of this crisis requires bold goals and the mobilisation of substantial resources. While the reasons are varied, investments in both research and conservation of freshwater biodiversity lag far behind those in the terrestrial and marine realms. Inspired by a global consultation, we identify 15 pressing priority needs, grouped into five research areas, in an effort to support informed stewardship of freshwater biodiversity. The proposed agenda aims to advance freshwater biodiversity research globally as a critical step in improving coordinated actions towards its sustainable management and conservation.


data infrastructure; ecology; freshwater biodiversity crisis; freshwaters; management; monitoring; research priorities; social ecology

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Ecology Letters
2022, volume: 25, number: 2
Publisher: WILEY

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Maasri, Alain
Leibniz Institut fur Gewasserokologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
Maasri, Alain
Drexel University
Jaehnig, Sonja C.
Leibniz Institut fur Gewasserokologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
Jaehnig, Sonja C.
Humboldt University of Berlin
Adamescu, Mihai C.
University of Bucharest
Adrian, Rita
Free University of Berlin
Adrian, Rita
Leibniz Institut fur Gewasserokologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
Baird, Donald J.
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Batista-Morales, Angelica
International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT
Bonada, Nuria
University of Barcelona
Brown, Lee E.
University of Leeds
Cai, Qinghua
Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS
Campos-Silva, Joao
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Clausnitzer, Viola
Senckenberg Gesellschaft fur Naturforschung (SGN)
Contreras-MacBeath, Topiltzin
Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos
Cooke, Steven J.
Carleton University
Datry, Thibault
Delacamara, Gonzalo
IMDEA Water Inst
De Meester, Luc
KU Leuven
De Meester, Luc
Free University of Berlin
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