Integrity is a key characteristic of any ecosystem and determines its value to a considerable extent. Methodologically, we might declare conservation of ecosystem integrity, regardless of its level (global, regional, or local), as the most important strategic objective. In order to conserve the integrity of an ecosystem, we need to specify its level, size, and type. This problem does not have a universal solution. The choice depends on various natural peculiarities of the territory as well as on certain socio-economic variables. But in many cases it is reasonable to choose river watersheds or lake basins as “political and ecological areas” (Cherkashin, 1996).
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