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Policy & Regulation
This section of FreshwaterLife covers the main policies and regulations that affect the freshwater resource, habitats and the organisms that inhabit it. You can access support information for policy formation and implementation, including relevant case studies and management practises. The topics covered in this section include: Water and People, Biodiversity (Habitat Protection, Endangered Species and Controlling Invasive Species), Integrated Ecosystem Approach and Regional/National approach.

Welcome to Policy and Regulations


Regulations and policies relating to the hydrology, biology and socio-economic aspects of water are designed to provide means for a sustainable future use of vital natural resources. Despite this, water is a resource that is under continuous and increasing stress and demand from a growing human population and industry. Poor understanding of the complex interactions within catchments and lack of political will contribute to little being done in many countries to protect water resources. Exploitation and sustainable use of freshwater resources have thus become subject to a wide range of environmental regulations, treatises and conventions.

The challenge for freshwater ecology is to design policies that promote the development of a variety of viable water utilisation institutions that are client oriented, mobilise resources efficiently and provide access to freshwater for a broad spectrum of users whilst protecting biodiversity and long term sustainability of freshwater ecosystems.


Regulations and implementation - why do we need legislation?


Plants and animals in freshwater are not influenced by the policies of just one sector or ministry but rather by the interactions of several policies and regulations, particularly those of the environmental, agricultural and supply sectors. Tensions and contradictions do occur between each of these policy areas, which need to be debated and addressed through effective and continuous policy dialogue.

This Policies and Regulations topic in FreshwaterLife is intended to function as a comprehensive collection of documents, tools and current issues on freshwater management. It is also a gateway to the existing information on current issues, directives and guidelines that affect decision makers, watershed managers and anyone who is involved in the regulation of water usage. By navigating the subtopics, you will find information e.g. on the aquatic habitat guidelines for water users and managers, freshwater and anadromous fishing regulations, pollution control and other regulations. Through the general topics containing background information on the development and function of these regulations and policies, you can navigate to find information on the policies concerning specific species, catchments and geographic localities.

This topic also provides you with extensive links to the other areas of FreshwaterLife, making it easy to find further biological and ecological information on the species and habitats you are interested in.


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If you are interested in contributing to this Topic, you can submit your own relevant sub-topics and knowledge items. To become a FreshwaterLife member is easy, just click on the Join Now button, and after filling in a short registration form, you can start submitting your own material and take part in discussions. For the Policies and Regulations topic, suitable material could be information on programmes, projectsm initiatives or publications that deal with the general trends and developments in freshwater legislation and formulation.

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download immediately / go direct to sourceorganisation English Nature Within England English Nature is a goverment funded body which has the responsibility for the conservation of Englands wildlife, geology and wild p...  Regulatory Organisation 
download immediately / go direct to sourcenews item Indian environmental oganisation under dynamic leadership wins 2005 S...water prize The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in New Delhi, India will receive the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize, for their contribution to water managem...   22 March 2005 
organisation Joint Nature Conservancy Council The Joint Nature Conservancy Council is the United Kingdom Government's wildlife adviser, undertaking national and international conservation work on...  Research Institute 
download immediately / go direct to sourceorganisation Scottish Natural Heritage Scottish Natural Heritages mission is to care for and sustain the natural heritage of Scotland. There work programme focusses on three areas, caring ...  Regulatory Organisation 
download immediately / go direct to sourceorganisation Countryside Council for Wales Similar to its sister organisations English Nature and Scottish Natural Heritage the role of the Countryside Council for Wales is to promote and inte...  Regulatory Organisation 
download immediately / go direct to sourcenews item Cool reception could deter carp, study finds This article discusses new research, which suggests that Canada could be too cold for Asian grass carp to invade the Great Lakes, thus weakening prev...   26 July 2004 
download immediately / go direct to sourcewebsite item The Environment Agency The main theme of this website is the need for sustainable development and management of the environment; 'We are the leading public body for protect...  Thematic website 
download immediately / go direct to sourcedocument Global Environment Outlook 3 This series of reports on the state of the world's environment are generally acknowledged as the definitive word as produced by the United Nations of...  Book 
download immediately / go direct to sourcedocument UN World Water Development Report: Water for people, Water for life The World Water Development Report is part of an ongoing assessment project to measure progress towards achieving the goal of sustainable development...  Book 
download immediately / go direct to sourcewebsite item UNEP Freshwater Portal The website for the United Nations Environment Program: Freshwater Program. Here you will find information on UNEP water initiatives and links to ot...  Thematic website; Internet Portal 
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