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BioFresh Unveils Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

BioFresh Unveils Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

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BioFresh, a nongovernment organization (NGO) funded by the European Union (EU), has launched an online global freshwater biodiversity atlas.

The atlas was launched 29 January 2014 during the “Water Lives” symposium which brought together EU policy makers and scientists, a news bulletin from the IW:LEARN said.

Dragonflies are found in freshwater habitats across the globe (Photo credit: BioFresh)

Dragonflies are found in freshwater habitats across the globe (Photo credit: BioFresh)

The atlas aims to put together “scattered pieces of information about life in rivers and lakes, to better understand, manage and protect freshwater sites for generations to come,” the news bulletin said.

The atlas is edited by a group of freshwater science and conservation experts from 12 research institutes and supported by key international organizations active in the field of freshwater biodiversity research and conservation, the report added.
While freshwater habitats only cover a small percentage of the Earth’s surface, these freshwater areas are home to millions of species of flora and fauna. Freshwater is also a valuable resource that is declining at an alarming rate.

The atlas is expected to help policy makers integrate protection programs for freshwater habitats across the globe.

The creation of the atlas was also supported by a number of global NGOs, including GEO Biodiversity Observation Network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Water System Project, Conservation International, Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund.

(Story courtesy of IW:LEARN)

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