Despite their critical nature, freshwater ecosystems are far more imperilled than their land and marine counter-parts.
A new study by an international team of environmental scientists in the Brazilian Amazon shows that redesigned conservation projects could deliver big gains for critical freshwater ecosystems – raising hopes for the futures of thousands of species.
Although occupying less than one per cent of the Earth’s surface, fresh water hosts around a tenth of all known species – including a third of all vertebrates.
They are also vital for regulating climates, and as a source of food and fuel for local people.
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