Groundwater dependent ecosystems – key to human development and biodiversity
Wetlands, rivers and lakes – many water bodies and their ecosystems all over the world depend on the inflow of groundwater. Thus, the quality and quantity of groundwater have a high relevance for the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This becomes even more crucial during drought times, when groundwater-related ecosystems (GDE´s) rely solely on groundwater. The GDE´s also y provide a number of ecosystem service for human development. Their function reach from natural water purification and storage to storm protection, flood control and their importance as habitat for many species and their recreational and
However, many GDEs are affected by human activities such as water abstraction, pollution, land use change and finally by climate change. Little is known about how impacts affect GDEs and their services. Therefore, future management has to consider this uncertainty and prevent any impact.
The protection and management of GDEs have to be incorporated into water management policy initiatives and water monitoring programs so that information gathered over time to support management decisions.
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Sara Vassolo, Federal Institute of Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany,
Amino Magaji Bala, Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Chad,
Ali Subah, Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), Jordan,
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