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Pond Conservation in Europe

  • Beat Oertli
  • Régis Céréghino
  • Jeremy Biggs
  • Steven Declerck
  • Andrew Hull
  • Maria Rosa Miracle


  • Features the latest research on pond conservation

  • Covers Pond Biodiversity which is an essential feature of freshwater biodiversity

  • Addresses the significant impact of small water bodies such as ponds


Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology 210 book series (DIHY, volume 210)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Tom De Bie, Steven Declerck, Koen Martens, Luc De Meester, Luc Brendonck
    Pages 19-27
  3. Beat Oertli, Nicola Indermuehle, Sandrine Angélibert, Hélène Hinden, Aurélien Stoll
    Pages 29-41
  4. Valentina Della Bella, Marcello Bazzanti, Maria Giuseppina Dowgiallo, Mauro Iberite
    Pages 85-95
  5. G. Becerra Jurado, M. Masterson, R. Harrington, M. Kelly-Quinn
    Pages 97-107
  6. Angelo G. Solimini, Marcello Bazzanti, Antonio Ruggiero, Gianmaria Carchini
    Pages 109-123
  7. N. Menetrey, B. Oertli, M. Sartori, A. Wagner, J. B. Lachavanne
    Pages 125-135
  8. P. Williams, M. Whitfield, J. Biggs
    Pages 137-148
  9. Beat Oertli, Régis Céréghino, Andrew Hull, Rosa Miracle
    Pages 157-165
  10. C. Pinto-Cruz, J. A. Molina, M. Barbour, V. Silva, M. D. Espírito-Santo
    Pages 167-180
  11. Lionel Sager, Jean-Bernard Lachavanne
    Pages 199-219
  12. Btissam Amami, Laïla Rhazi, Siham Bouahim, Mouhssine Rhazi, Patrick Grillas
    Pages 221-232

About this book


Ponds are an exceptional freshwater resource around the world and represent thirty percent of the global surface area of standing water. Furthermore, the millions of ponds which exist exhibit a particularly high biodiversity and have a high potential for ecosystem functions and services. Despite these impressive features, ponds face many threats from a variety of human activities and receive little or no protection under European and national legislation. Consequently, there is an urgent need to protect, consolidate and increase the pond resource in Europe. In order to achieve these objectives, the European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) was launched 2004 in Geneva. Its aim is to promote the awareness, understanding and conservation of these small water bodies in the European landscape. This volume of “Developments in Hydrobiology” presents a selection of 31 papers presented during EPCN conferences held in 2006 in France (Toulouse) and in 2008 in Spain (Valencia). They represent a diverse collection of themes from across the continent and North Africa and present new and original insights into topics as wide ranging as pond biodiversity; human disturbance; landscape ecology; ecological assessment and monitoring; practical management measures; ecological restoration; hydrology and climate change; invasive species and threatened species.


Biodiversity Species richness biomanipulation ecology ecosystem environment eutrophication hydrobiology macroinvertebrate vegetation zooplankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Beat Oertli
    • 1
  • Régis Céréghino
    • 2
  • Jeremy Biggs
    • 3
  • Steven Declerck
    • 4
  • Andrew Hull
    • 5
  • Maria Rosa Miracle
    • 6
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences of Western SwitzerlandGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of ToulouseToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Pond ConservationOxfordUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Catholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  5. 5.Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.University of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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