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Global FADA checklists

The Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) is an informal network of scientists specialised in freshwater biodiversity. BioFresh supports FADA to collate and/or construct global checklists of multiple groups of freshwater organisms and their integration in the taxonomic backbone of the BioFresh data portal.
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Freshwater macro-invertebrates
With this initiative BioFresh constructs a global checklist of freshwater macro-invertebrate groups which are currently missing from the BioFresh database, including Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera and Odonata (together over 50,000 species). The data-screening work includes adapting and/or completing synonymy lists, and adding faunistic and distributional information. In total about 30,000 additional species names will be included in the BioFresh species registry.
Status: Ongoing
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Freshwater aquatic and wetland plants
With this initiative BioFresh constructs a global checklist of species classified as “freshwater aquatic and wetland plants” as the taxonomic backbone of the BioFresh portal. In total about 30,000 additional species names will be included in the BioFresh species registry. This will result in the most comprehensive global list of freshwater aquatic and wetland plants as a key new resource for many scientists working in the world of freshwater biodiversity conservation.
Status: Completed.
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Global HydroBASINS

HydroBASINS is a global river and lake catchment layer derived from HydroSHEDS and the global lakes and wetlands database (GLWD). HydroBASINS provides the most accurate hydrographic information for river and lake catchments at the global scale in a consistent format. It offers a suite of geo-referenced data sets (vector and raster) at various scales, including river networks, river and lake catchment boundaries, drainage directions, and flow accumulations. HydroBASINS is based on high-resolution elevation data obtained during a Space Shuttle flight for NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).

River and lake sub-catchments within HydroBASINS will form the spatial unit for mapping species distributions and associated environmental parameters in the BioFresh analyses. It is hoped that HydroBASINS will be widely adopted by other organisations as the standard base layer for this type of data.

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Status: Completed.
The data layer is currently available through the IUCN Global Species Programme pending development of the official website for download.

Conducted by: Bernhard Lehner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geo-referenced site scale data of the subterranean fishes of the world

With this initiative BioFresh brings together all distribution data of all troglobiotic subterranean fishes (Cavefishes) of the world. These data will be made publically available through the BioFresh data portal and in the BioFresh Global Atlas of Freshwater Biodiversity. As of September 2012 there are 174 described species of troglobiotic (i.e. obligate) subterranean fishes across the world. This project aims to provide a geo-referenced site scale data for every known population for every described troglobiotic fish species.

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Status: Ongoing

Conducted under the lead of: Graham S. Proudlove, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Distribution maps of the freshwater turtles of the world

With this initiative BioFresh brings together distribution maps in GIS format (mapped to HydroBASINS) for all the 270 freshwater turtle species of the world. Given the extremely high level of threat to this taxonomic group, a global map of distributions for all species, incorporating available point locality data, will represent a highly valuable conservation tool to identify populations and areas for priority conservation action.

Responsible: Will Darwall (IUCN)
Status: To be completed July 2013.

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Distribution maps and Red List of Caridean shrimp fauna of the world

With this initiative BioFresh has built a global distributional database of freshwater caridean shrimps (789+ species/subspecies), mapped to HydroBASINS, and has assessed their conservation status according to the IUCN Red List categories and criteria. Approximately 3,000 references are already available in hard copy or pdf format, from which localities have been extracted.



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Status: The Red List status of all species will be published on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in June 2013 and the associated maps for each species will be completed and published in August 2013.

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April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.


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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/