European Regional Centre For Ecohydrology
Title: Ecohydrology – The integrative science framework for development of sustainable aquaculture
Biography: Maciej Zalewski
A global need for increased and sustainable healthy food production together with a global decline in fishery stimulate dynamic development of aquaculture. However, in many situations this development negatively impacts water quality in lakes, reservoirs, rivers and even some coastal waters. rnEcohydrology provides a holistic framework for understanding and management of hydrological cycle and biological processes at catchment scale. It allows not only for elimination of environmental risks generated by aquaculture but also amplification of opportunities by identification of optimal areas for its development in a river basin. Following the Ecohydrology theory, in-depth understanding of water-biota interplay creates a background for development of efficient ecosystem biotechnologies and cost-effective system solutions for mitigation of negative impacts of aquaculture. This in turn will creates opportunities for further sustainable development of aquaculture.rnEcohydrology as an integrative environmental science provides opprtunity for upgrading the five sustainability dimensions which are: water resources, biodiversity, ecosystem services, resilience and cultural heritage (WBRSC) and thus, the sustainable management framework for aquaculture. Simultaneous consideration of all the five elements realised with the use of ecohydrological biotechnologies will provide an important stimulus in creating the sustainable future we want.