Using RIVPACS for studies on conservation and biodiversity

Boon, P.J. (2000) Using RIVPACS for studies on conservation and biodiversity. In: Wright, J.F. and Sutcliffe, D.W. and Furse, M.T. (eds.) Assessing the biological quality of freswaters: RIVPACS and other techniques. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, pp. 315-322. (FBA Special Publications,8)

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Invertebrate conservation relies not only on public support and political will, but also on possessing an adequate understanding of the distribution and ecology of invertebrate species and communities. In the UK, RIVPACS is making an important contribution to assessing the conservation importance of river invertebrate assemblages. So far, work has largely centred on using RIVPACS as an integral part of SERCON (System for Evaluating Rivers for Conservation), in which data collected using the standard RIVPACS method are interpreted with reference to conservation criteria such as species richness and representativeness. Applications of RIVPACS to other areas of conservation - whether providing information on the ecological requirements of rare species, monitoring the success of river restoration projects, or making broader assessments of sustainability - are probably more limited, but merit further examination. It is important to develop closer links between RIVPACS and techniques such as SERCON and RHS (River Habitat Survey) in order to maximise the benefit each can bring tostudies on conservation and biodiversity. It should also be recognised that there are limitations in transferring such systems to other countries where approaches to nature conservation may be very different.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Using RIVPACS for studies on conservation and biodiversity
Personal Creator/Author:
Boon, P.J.
Title of Book: Assessing the biological quality of freswaters: RIVPACS and other techniques
Wright, J.F.
Sutcliffe, D.W.
Furse, M.T.
Refereed: No
Series Name: FBA Special Publications
Number: 8
Page Range: pp. 315-322
Date: 2000
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
ISBN: 978-0-900386-62-6
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Classification systems; Invertebrate larvae; Rivers; Computer programs; Nature conservation; Biodiversity; Sustainability; England
Subjects: Conservation
Item ID: 5343
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 12:00
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:02
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