New policy directions for global pond conservation

dc.contributor.authorHill, Matthew J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHassall, Christopheren_ZA
dc.contributor.authorOertli, Beaten_ZA
dc.contributor.authorFahrig, Lenoreen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRobson, Belinda J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBiggs, Jeremyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSamways, Michael J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorUsio, Nisikawaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorTakamura, Norikoen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorKrishnaswamy, Jagdishen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorWood, Paul J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.editorLubell, Marken_ZA
dc.identifier.citationHill, M. J., et al. 2018. New policy directions for global pond conservation. Conservation Letters, doi:10.1111/conl.12447en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1755-263X (online)
dc.descriptionCITATION: Hill, M. J., et al. 2018. New policy directions for global pond conservation. Conservation Letters, doi:10.1111/conl.12447.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.comen_ZA
dc.description.abstractDespite the existence of well‐established international environmental and nature conservation policies (e.g., the Ramsar Convention and Convention on Biological Diversity) ponds are largely missing from national and international legislation and policy frameworks. Ponds are among the most biodiverse and ecologically important freshwater habitats, and their value lies not only in individual ponds, but more importantly, in networks of ponds (pondscapes). Ponds make an important contribution to society through the ecosystem services they provide, with effective conservation of pondscapes essential to ensuring that these services are maintained. Implementation of current pond conservation through individual site designations does not function at the landscape scale, where ponds contribute most to biodiversity. Conservation and management of pondscapes should complement current national and international nature conservation and water policy/legislation, as pondscapes can provide species protection in landscapes where large‐scale traditional conservation areas cannot be established (e.g., urban or agricultural landscapes). We propose practical steps for the effective incorporation or enhancement of ponds within five policy areas: through open water sustainable urban drainage systems in urban planning, increased incentives in agrienvironment schemes, curriculum inclusion in education, emphasis on ecological scale in mitigation measures following anthropogenic developments, and the inclusion of pondscapes in conservation policy.en_ZA
dc.format.extent8 pages : mapsen_ZA
dc.publisherWiley Open Accessen_ZA
dc.subjectNature conservationen_ZA
dc.subjectPond ecologyen_ZA
dc.subjectPonds -- Conservation -- Law and legislationen_ZA
dc.subjectInternational nature conservationen_ZA
dc.titleNew policy directions for global pond conservationen_ZA
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