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Apocalypse now? Prospects for conserving freshwater biodiversity in East Asia

Speaker: Professor David Dudgeon

Location: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Freshwater ecosystems cover <1% of the Earth’s surface, yet host almost 10% of animal species, including one third of vertebrates. They also experience sustained and pervasive human impacts. Unsurprisingly, fresh waters are hotspots of both biodiversity and endangerment.

In densely-populated East Asia, widespread challenges to human water security are accompanied by faunal impoverishment. Water-engineering schemes intended to boost economic development – as along the Yangtze and Mekong – will degrade riverine habitats, further imperil biodiversity, and compromise the livelihoods of