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Rescue of Sturgeon Species in the Ural River Basin

  • Conference proceedings
  • © 2008


  • The Ural River is the last hope for sturgeon conservation and rehabilitation
  • Unique ecosystem with preserved hydrological regime and undisturbed habitats
  • Despite its importance little information is available in the literature
  • Historical traditions in community-based water and biological resources conservation and sustainable use
  • Presents strategies for sustainable watershed development

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Table of contents (16 papers)

  1. International Experience in Transboundary Watershed Management and Sturgeon Restoration

    1. Sturgeon Species

  2. The Ural River Basin

    1. Water Resources

    2. Fish Resources


About this book

While almost every aspect of society-nature interactions can be treated as an environmental security issue, the threats to human societies originating from inadequate freshwater management constitute one of the most wi- spread and pressing problems. For thousands of years rivers and river valleys have been the cradle of human civilizations. Rivers have provided not only food and freshwater, but also shelter and means of transportation, and they are still an essential component in every national and regional economy. In turn, growing needs of human societies, accompanied by growing abilities, have caused significant river alterations and ecosystem changes that have resulted in river contamination, biodiversity loss and general riverine ecosystem degradation. The extinction of sturgeon species is one of the most eloquent examples of the negative and irreversible influence of human society on river e- systems. The sturgeon, sometimes called the “living fossil” or living “dinosaur” of the fish world, is known to have lived since the time of the dinosaurs, for at least 250 million years, and is currently on the verge of extinction solely due to anthropogenic impacts.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

    Viktor Lagutov

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