Freshwater biodiversity: importance, threats, status and conservation challenges

  title={Freshwater biodiversity: importance, threats, status and conservation challenges},
  author={David Dudgeon and Angela H. Arthington and Mark O. Gessner and Zen’ichiro Kawabata and Duncan Knowler and Christian L{\'e}v{\^e}que and Robert J. Naiman and Anne‐H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Prieur‐Richard and Doris Soto and Melanie L.J. Stiassny and Caroline A. Sullivan},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
Freshwater biodiversity is the over‐riding conservation priority during the International Decade for Action ‐‘Water for Life’ ‐ 2005 to 2015. Fresh water makes up only 0.01% of the World's water and approximately 0.8 % of the Earth's surface, yet this tiny fraction of global water supports at least 100 000 species out of approximately 1.8 million ‐ almost 6% of all described species. Inland waters and freshwater biodiversity constitute a valuable natural resource, in economic, cultural… 
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