Threatened permanent freshwater lake habitats

Other Names:
Endangered permanent oxbow lakes habitats

Through natural processes, oxbow lakes usually have a limited life span before sediment build up transforms them into marshes and the subject of natural succession, or they become reconnected to the main river in times of flooding. Other threats are man made. The damming of rivers, flood defences and the diversion of rivers together with floodplain development has reduced the ability of rivers to "spread" out and find their natural course, over their natural floodplain.


Oxbow lakes increase biodiversity in rivers because they nourish many species that could not normally live in nearby rivers. When floods occur, there is often an exchange of species between the oxbow lakes and the main river channel.

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 15:46 CEST