Threatened littoral habitats of freshwater lakes

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Other Names:
Endangered shoreline habitats of lakes and reservoirs

Threats to the littoral habitat include; Eutrophication, toxic substances, sedimentation, acidification, excessive water diversion and the depletion of biodiversity.


The littoral zone is an interface zone between the land of the drainage basin and the open water of lakes. Most lakes of the world are relatively small in area and shallow. In such lakes, the littoral flora contributes significantly to the productivity, and may regulate metabolism of the entire lake ecosystem. This intensely metabolic activity is due to the presence of aquatic macrophytes.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
06.08.2019 – 18:12 CEST