Freshwater biodiversity: importance, threats, status and conservation challenges

@article{Dudgeon2006FreshwaterBI,
  title={Freshwater biodiversity: importance, threats, status and conservation challenges},
  author={D. Dudgeon and A. Arthington and M. Gessner and Z. Kawabata and D. Knowler and C. L{\'e}v{\^e}que and R. Naiman and A. Prieur‐Richard and D. Soto and M. Stiassny and C. Sullivan},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={2006},
  volume={81}
}
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… Expand
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