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Improvement and spatial extension of the European Fish Index

Objective

EFI+ is a research and technological development project designed to gain new knowledge and to develop and improve new biological assessment methods to meet needs of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The output of the project will be a methodological approach to assess the ecological status of rivers in accordance with the WFD. Therefore the EFI+ project represents a direct and obligatory contribution to the Water Framework Directive in further development and implementation of harmonised fish-based assessment tools and methodology that can be used as a standard method in EU Member States, as well as Candidate countries. The objective of EFI+ is to overcome limitations of the existing European Fisch Index (EFI) produced in the FAME project by developing a new, more accurate and pan-European fish index.

Specific tasks are:
(1) to evaluate the applicability of the existing EFI and make necessary improvements to the existing EFI in Central-Eastern Europe and Mediterranean eco-regions,
(2) to extend the scope of the existing EFI to cover very large rivers,
(3) to analyse relationships between hydromorphological pressures (incl. continuity) and fish assemblages to increase the accuracy of the EFI,
(4) to adapt existing software to the requirements of the new EFI to allow calculation of the ecological status for running waters,
(5) to implement and disseminate the EFI and supporting software by integration of the project results in the CIS activities (Common Implementation Strategy) and ongoing national and international monitoring programmes such as the Joint Danube Survey and to present results in end-user workshops and an international conference.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/statistics and probability

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-SSP-5-A
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
Wien
Austria

Participants (13)

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels
RIISTA- JA KALATALOUDEN TUTKIMUSLAITOS
Finland
Address
Viikinkaari 4
Helsinki
CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
Address
Parc De Tourvoie
Antony
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN E.V.
Germany
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
Berlin
HORTOBAGYI HALGAZDASAG ZRT.
Hungary
Address

Hortobagy-halasto
AQUAPROGRAM SRL
Italy
Address
Via Borella 53
Vicenza
INSTYTUT RYBACTWA SRODLADOWEGO IM STANISLAWA SAKOWICZA W OLSZTYNIE
Poland
Address
Oczapowskiego 10
Olsztyn
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
Lisboa
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BACAU
Romania
Address
Calea Marasesti 157
Bacau
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avenida Ramiro De Maeztu 7
Madrid
FISKERIVERKET
Sweden
Address
Ekelundsgatan 1
Goeteborg
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 133
Duebendorf
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
Address
Cottingham Road
Hull