An Analytical Framework for Legal Regimes Applicable to Freshwater Ecosystems

Legal protection of freshwater ecosystems is essential. However, a clear and operational definition of "freshwater ecosystem" for the protection and management of water-related natural resources has yet to emerge at law.

The definition of freshwater ecosystem provided by this article avoids tautologies and pitfalls associated with the ecosystem concept to rely on a description of generic ecosystem components and structure that can serve as an analytical framework for legal regimes.

This content has been updated on January 9 2015 at 14 h 19 min.