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Improvement and spatial extension of the European Fish Index

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.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Address

Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
Wien

Austria

Administrative Contact

Stefan SCHMUTZ (Dr)

Participants (13)

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

RIISTA- JA KALATALOUDEN TUTKIMUSLAITOS

Finland

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS

France

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN E.V.

Germany

HORTOBAGYI HALGAZDASAG ZRT.

Hungary

AQUAPROGRAM SRL

Italy

INSTYTUT RYBACTWA SRODLADOWEGO IM STANISLAWA SAKOWICZA W OLSZTYNIE

Poland

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BACAU

Romania

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

FISKERIVERKET

Sweden

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF HULL

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44096

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    30 April 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 320 723

  • EU contribution

    € 899 960

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

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