Rescue of Sturgeon Species in the Ural River Basin

  • Viktor Lagutov
Conference proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8924-4

Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. International Experience in Transboundary Watershed Management and Sturgeon Restoration

  3. The Ural River Basin

    1. Water Resources

      1. Yury Nesterenko, Maxim Nesterenko
        Pages 163-171
      2. Nikolai Dronin, Andrei Kirilenko
        Pages 173-189
    2. Fish Resources

      1. Phaedra Doukakis, Daniel Erickson, Mirgaly Baimukhanov, Yelena Bokova, Sagiden Erbulekov, Akhat Nimatov et al.
        Pages 277-292
    3. Restoration Activities

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 331-333

About these proceedings

Introduction

While almost every aspect of society-nature interactions can be treated as an environmental security issue, the threats to human societies originating from inadequate freshwater management constitute one of the most wi- spread and pressing problems. For thousands of years rivers and river valleys have been the cradle of human civilizations. Rivers have provided not only food and freshwater, but also shelter and means of transportation, and they are still an essential component in every national and regional economy. In turn, growing needs of human societies, accompanied by growing abilities, have caused significant river alterations and ecosystem changes that have resulted in river contamination, biodiversity loss and general riverine ecosystem degradation. The extinction of sturgeon species is one of the most eloquent examples of the negative and irreversible influence of human society on river e- systems. The sturgeon, sometimes called the “living fossil” or living “dinosaur” of the fish world, is known to have lived since the time of the dinosaurs, for at least 250 million years, and is currently on the verge of extinction solely due to anthropogenic impacts.

Keywords

Biodiversity Danube Environmental NATO Science Security Sub-Series C ecosystem environment hydrology

Editors and affiliations

  • Viktor Lagutov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences and PolicyCentral European UniversityBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8923-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8924-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6519