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Services Evolution of Two Groundwater Dependent Wetland Ecosystems in the “Mancha Húmeda” Biosphere Reserve (Spain)

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Hera, África de la and Villarroya, Fermín (2013) Services Evolution of Two Groundwater Dependent Wetland Ecosystems in the “Mancha Húmeda” Biosphere Reserve (Spain). Resources (Basel), 2 . pp. 128-150. ISSN 2079-9276

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Abstract

A wetland that does not comply with the ecological standards of EU Directive 2000/60/EC cannot properly provide its services. This paper presents a review of the criteria for wetland assessment based on the Spanish experience in two specific Ramsar areas: the Tablas de Daimiel and the Ruidera Lakes. The aim of this article is to consider and promote a holistic awareness of the hydrological cycle and of the wetland area ecosystems within it. The methodology developed under the umbrella of the UNESCO project IGCP 604 is applied to describe the groundwater-wetland-human interrelationship.
This methodology was chosen for two reasons: (a) it is designed to assess the services the wetlands provide; (b) it focuses on groundwater dependent wetlands such as the two cases presented here. In each case, although to a different extent, agricultural activities and water management have led to important changes in the services provided by the two ecosystems.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Groundwater dependent wetland; Ramsar; Ruidera Lakes; Spain; Tablas de Daimiel; Wetland ecosystem services
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Hidrogeología; Zonas húmedas; Lagunas de Ruidera; España
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Hidrology
ID Code:37793
Deposited On:20 May 2016 10:48
Last Modified:20 May 2016 12:00

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