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Pond ecology and conservation: research priorities and knowledge gaps

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posted on 10.12.2021, 11:47 by Matthew J Hill, Helen M Greaves, Carl D Sayer, Christopher Hassall, Mélanie Milin, Victoria S Milner, Luca Marazzi, Ruth Hall, Lynsey R Harper, Ian Thornhill, Richard Walton, Jeremy Biggs, Naomi Ewald, Alan Law, Nigel Willby, James C White, Robert A Briers, Kate MathersKate Mathers, Michael J Jeffries, Paul WoodPaul Wood
Ponds are among the most biodiverse and ecologically important freshwater habitats globally and may provide a significant opportunity to mitigate anthropogenic pressures and reverse the decline of aquatic biodiversity. Ponds also provide important contributions to society through the provision of ecosystem services. Despite the ecological and societal importance of ponds, freshwater research, policy, and conservation have historically focused on larger water bodies, with significant gaps remaining in our understanding and conservation of pond ecosystems. In May 2019, pond researchers and practitioners participated in a workshop to tackle several pond ecology, conservation, and management issues. Nine research themes and 30 research questions were identified during and following the workshop to address knowledge gaps around: (1) pond habitat definition; (2) global and long-term data availability; (3) anthropogenic stressors; (4) aquatic–terrestrial interactions; (5) succession and disturbance; (6) freshwater connectivity; (7) pond monitoring and technological advances; (8) socio-economic factors; and (9) conservation, management, and policy. Key areas for the future inclusion of ponds in environmental and conservation policy were also discussed. Addressing gaps in our fundamental understanding of pond ecosystems will facilitate more effective research-led conservation and management of pondscapes, their inclusion in environmental policy, support the sustainability of ecosystem services, and help address many of the global threats driving the decline in freshwater biodiversity.

Funding

The British Ecological Society

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Ecosphere

Volume

12

Issue

12

Publisher

Wiley

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY 3.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Acceptance date

22/07/2021

Publication date

2021-12-09

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

2150-8925

eISSN

2150-8925

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Kate Mathers. Deposit date: 10 December 2021

Article number

e03853