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Aquatic invertebrates as indicators of human impacts in South African wetlands
Expanded Title:VOLUME 3: WRC REPORT TT435/09 AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES AS INDICATORS OF HUMAN IMPACTS IN SOUTH AFRICAN WETLANDS The recent emphasis on wetland protection and management has created an urgent need to develop assessment tools to establish and monitor human impacts in wetland ecosystems so as to prioritise wetlands for conservation and rehabilitation actions and to monitor the effects of these actions. Biological assessment or “bioassessment” is one of the means of investigating wetland condition and involves the evaluation of a wetland’s ability to support and maintain a balanced, adaptive community of organisms having a species composition, diversity and functional organisation comparable with that of minimally disturbed wetlands within a region. Potential indicator groups for bioassessment purposes include macrophytes, algae and diatoms, aquatic invertebrates, birds and fish. This volume describes the use of macro-invertebrates for the assessment of the condition of a wetland.
Date Published:25/03/2010
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection, Ecosystem - Invertebrates, Ecosystem - Biomonitoring
Document Keywords:Environment, Municipality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 435-09
ISBN No:978-1-77005-927-6
ISBN Set No:978-1-77005-936-8
Authors:Bird M; Malan A
Project Leader:Bird M
Project No:K5/1584
Organizations:Freshwater Research Unit, University of Cape Town
Document Size:1 098 KB
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