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Decision making case studies - Maps in action

Integrating the conservation and management of aquatic organisms into water resource policy is a major challenge. To support policy makers in this effort, freshwater scientists launched the online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas in January 2014. The term "atlas" often evokes a collection of maps designed to foster discovery and learning on a particular topic. However, maps have always been more than representations. Many are also powerful decision support tools. Increasingly, the maps we see are spatial representations of geo-located datasets or assemblies of datasets, and for scientists and policy makers they draw attention to the availability of data that can be put to use.

We have developed a short series of articles for the Freshwater Blog with the aim to explore the active role of maps at the interface of science and policy: Introduction to the blog series.

Freshwater Ecoregions

Barriers along the Danube