Abstract: Report from Science Policy Symposium
Numerous EU biodiversity and water related policies have been designed to protect freshwater ecosystems and to ensure their sustainable use. However, major challenges still persist in the implementation of these policies. Freshwater ecosystems support 10% of all animal species on Earth and provide a diverse array of functions and services that contribute to human well-being. In recent decades global freshwater biodiversity has declined at a greater rate compared to terrestrial and marine ecosystem.The EU FP7 projects REFRESH and BioFresh organised a joint Science Policy Symposium for Freshwater Life with the aim of bringing together policy makers and stakeholders from the water, energy and conservation sector, NGOs, the scientific community and selected experts to discuss challenges in implementation of the 2020 Biodiversity strategy and the EU Water Framework Directive and to agree on recommendations for policy making and future research. This deliverable provides a report from the meeting in Brussels on 29th and 30th January 2001
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