An introduction to the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) project
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The Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) project aims at compiling an overview of genus- and species-level diversity of animals in the continental, aquatic ecosystems of the world. It is a collective effort of 163 experts, and presents 59 articles treating the diversity and endemism of different animal taxa, ranging from microscopic worms to mammals, at global and regional scales. Given their structural importance, an article on macrophytes is also added. Here, we give an overview of the project’s history, and outline the common framework of the various articles, as well as the conventions the experts agreed to adhere to in their treatises. Furthermore, we briefly introduce future prospects.
KeywordsGlobal biodiversity Endemism Metazoa Aquatic Non-marine Freshwater Review
We are greatly indebted to all experts involved in the project, who contributed their expertise and passion to the daunting task of producing the present volume, and who always showed patience and enthusiasm despite the delays and difficulties encountered during the publishing process. Also, we gratefully acknowledge the numerous reviewers who offered their time and precious advice to improve the contributions.
The project was supported by the Belgian Science Policy, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
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