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New article on Lower Danube Wetlands published by DANUBE4all researchers

Map of the 'Chilia Branch' wetlands sourced from article

DANUBE4all colleagues at Odessa State Environmental University in Ukraine have published an article in Visnyk of V N Karazin Kharkiv National University-Series Geology Geography Ecology.

The article entitled 'Impact of climate change factor on the resource (providing) ecosystem services of the Lower Danube wetlands', by researchers Mariia Slizhe, Tamerlan Safranov, Nikolai Berlinsky and Youssef El Hadri, discusses changes to climate observed in recent decades in the Danube Delta region and the impact of these changes on resource ecosystem services of the Chilia Branch wetlands.

Wetlands are the world's most productive ecosystems, focus of biodiversity, sources of water and primary productivity on which the existence of innumerable species of plants and animals depends. Climate change, along with habitat conversion and degradation (land conversion), pollution and over-exploitation create additional load on wetlands.

Depite the lack of information about climate change impacts on specific wetland types and river basins, it is generally considered that removing current pressures on wetlands and increasing their resilience is the most effective way to combat the adverse effects of climate change. Conservation, maintenance or restoration of wetland ecosystems can be an important element of the overall climate change mitigation strategy.

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