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Pond research and management in Europe: "Small is Beautiful"

Abstract : The phrase "Small is Beautiful" was first used by the talented scholar Leopold Kohr (1909 131994), but it becames more popular thanks to the essays of one of his students, the British economist E. F. Schumacher, and it was coined as a response to the socially established idea that "Big is Powerful". It could be argued that this desire for "bigness" explains why current legal frameworks and the conservation planning and management related to standing waters often overlook ponds, despite their well-known value in terms of biodiversity and socio-economic benefits (Oertli et al., 2004; Cereghino et al., 2008). Of course, this is only one of several possible explanations, but it is important to understand that such long-established ideas can have a lasting effect upon the efficiency of our conservation actions. Beyond this social perspective, the history of science can also provide some explanation as to why ponds have been undervalued for so long.
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Dani Boix, Jeremy Biggs, Régis Céréghino, Andrew P. Hull, Thomas Kalettka, et al.. Pond research and management in Europe: "Small is Beautiful". Hydrobiologia, Springer, 2012, vol. 689, pp. 1-9. ⟨10.1007/s10750-012-1015-2⟩. ⟨hal-00913144⟩



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