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Protocols for the assessment and conservation of aquatic life in the subsurface

Objective

Groundwater is the main drinking water reservoir on earth, but also a major ecosystem in terms of biological diversity. Maintaining groundwater quality and conserving its biodiversity are converging goals because their level of biodiversity attests the healthy functioning of these systems. The PASCALIS project aims at exploring groundwater biodiversity in this perspective. Today knowledge of groundwater biota distributions will be organized in a large database and visualized on maps. Biodiversity will be surveyed at selected sites followingstratifed sampling and standardised protocols. Main groundwater habitats and most taxonomic groups will be considered. Indicators of biodiversity will be identified, validated and combined into an operational tool. Integrating these results in a larger socio-economic context, a dedicated website will be created and an Action Plan for Groundwater Biodiversity Conservation will be proposed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918, 43
69622 Villeurbanne
France

Participants (9)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918, 43
69622 Villeurbanne
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Avenue Colonel Roche 13
31405 Toulouse
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
José Gutiérrez Abascal 2
28006 Madrid
ECOCART SARL
France
Address
Impasse Couzinet 6
31500 Toulouse
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY
Slovenia
Address
111,Vecna Pot 111
1001 Ljubljana
ROYAL BELGIAN INSTITUTE FOR NATURAL SCIENCES
Belgium
Address
Rue Vautier 29
1000 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
Ljubljana
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER DE TOULOUSE III
France
Address
Avenue Du Colonel Roche 13
31062 Toulouse
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI - L'AQUILA
Italy
Address
Via Vetoio, Localita Coppito
67100 L'aquila