Understanding controls on biotic assemblages and ecological status in Zambian rivers for the development of sustainable monitoring protocols
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The water resources of Zambia are likely to experience increasing multiple pressures in the future as a result of very high predicted population growth, industrial development, land use change, and potentially, altered regional rainfall patterns. It is well known that rivers in tropical regions typically have a rich biodiversity, controlled in part by inter-annual variability in climate and discharge, and in part by local catchment conditions. However, till recently little country-wide work had had been carried out on the biota of Zambian rivers, and little was therefore known about the ecological status, or degree of catchment alteration of many of the rivers.To underpin sustainable water management, protocols have been developed to assess the ecological status of Zambian rivers.
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