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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:01/03/2010
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Invertebrates
Document Keywords:Guidelines, Environment
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 435/09
ISBN No:9781770059276
ISBN Set No:9781770059368
Authors:Bird M
Project Leader:Bird M
Project No:K5/1584
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Fresh Water Research Unit, University of Cape Town
Document Size:1 098 KB
Attachments:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TT 435-09.pdf
TABLE OF CONTENTS TT 435-09.pdf
Related Documents:Wetland valuation Vol I - wetland ecosystem services and their valuation: a review of current understanding and practice
Wetland valuation Vol IV - protocol for the quantification and valuation of wetland ecosystem services
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