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Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service

Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2010
  • This report, commissioned as a contribution to the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, focuses on the importance of inland fisheries as an ecosystem service that significantly contributes to food production and livelihoods in many parts of the world but at the same time depends upon a sustained supply of freshwater of appropriate quality and sustainable ecosystems functioning. The assessment looks at the pressures and the drivers of ecosystems degradation that affect inland fisheries, and reviews opportunities on how to manage inland fisheries sustainably through ecosystem management approaches. Case studies in the report give examples of the status, pressures and how inland fisheries have developed and dealt with in different parts of the world. The publication aims at raising awareness about the importance of inland fisheries as they provide multiple benefits to humans but have been found to be in decline and about the relevance of developing capacities to improve the management of the environment required to protect and sustain this ecosystem service in the long term.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Asia, Global, Northern America, Bangladesh, Columbia River Basin, Congo/Zaire River Basin, Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin, Lake Chilwa Basin, Lake Victoria Basin, Mekong River Basin
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Livelihoods, Sustainable development, Water conservation
  • Main target audience: Environmental practitioners, Land-use planners, Policy makers, Stakeholders, Wetland managers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Awareness raising
  • Type of resource: Assessment report
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Published in 2015