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> Climate changes

Climate changes, both intra-annual and inter-annual, may gradually cause the regression of the habitat’s area.

As explained in the hydrogeology section, the hydroperiod varies from pond to pond and from year to year based on climate conditions. If the typical Mediterranean climate condition changes its frequency or intensity, the hydroperiod changes its water availability in the pond. Hence, climate change is a silent threat to pond biodiversity not only because it may inhibit annual vegetation to growth but also because it creates perfect conditions to other species, either invasive or perennial, to colonize the ponds and therefore loss of space and resources for the endemic species of the MTP’s.

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