Journal article

Review: Toward management of urban ponds for freshwater biodiversity

Beat Oertli, Kirsten M Parris

ECOSPHERE | WILEY | Published : 2019


Many cities around theworld are expanding and this trend in urbanization is expected to sharply increase over coming decades. At the same time, the integration of green and blue spaces is widely promoted in urban development, potentially offering numerous benefits for biodiversity. This is particularly relevant for urban waterbodies, a type of ecosystem present in most cities. However, site managers often lack the knowledge base to promote biodiversity in these waterbodies, which are generally created to provide other ecosystem services. To address this, our review presents guidelines for promoting biodiversity in urban ponds. We found a total of 516 publications indexed in ISI Web of Scienc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a travel grant to B.O. from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (international relationship service) and by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program. Thanks also to the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne for hosting B.O. during his sabbatical stay. We thank Pascale Nicolet (Freshwater Habitat Trust, Oxford) for assistance and useful comments on an earlier draft. Two anonymous referees also provided helpful comments on the draft manuscript. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare regarding this manuscript.