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Development, evaluation and implementation of a standarized fish-based assessment method for the ecological status of european rivers : a contribution to the water framework directive


The objective of the project is to develop, evaluate and implement a standardised Fish-based Assessment Method for the ecological status of European rivers (FAME), a method urgently required for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. FAME will follow a pan-European approach in developing models to characterise reference and degraded conditions based on existing fish data of 17000 sites (5200 rivers) in 16 of the 25 eco-regions of Europe. An integrated system to assess the ecological status will be developed in close cooperation with end-users integrated into the project as "Applied partners". The new method will be evaluated by field tests within ongoing national monitoring programmes. A manual and PC-software will be produced and opened to public via a project web site. In providing a new standard method applicable throughout Europe, FAME will contribute to the new EU water policy aiming at a good status.

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