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Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems: Status, Trends, Pressures, and Conservation Priorities

Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems: Status, Trends, Pressures, and Conservation Priorities

Objective

Scientists and water managers have collected a vast amount of data on freshwater organisms, and yet it is rarely possible to describe the geographic range of an organism. Why is this? It is because the data are dispersed in many locally-managed databases, many of which are not publically available. The bits of the puzzle are scattered, and it is difficult even to find them. What story might they tell if they were combined and easily accessible to scientists, policy makers and planners? Such an integrated and accessible dataset could be used not only to help to protect and take better advantage of the services provided by aquatic ecosystems, but also to make it possible to establish effective regional plans for conservation. BioFresh, a major new FP7 project, will design and provide a single point of access to the extensive information on freshwater organisms that is currently stored in the databases. The BioFresh information portal for freshwater biodiversity will allow scientists and planners to complement, integrate, and analyse quantitative data to discover, evaluate and examine patterns that will shed new light on how freshwater biodiversity responds to global, European, and local environmental pressures. The spatially-explicit data will help to reveal the status and trends of freshwater biodiversity, and the services that it provides. Scientists in the BioFresh consortium will take advantage of the information in the databases that the project links, by using the data to examine how various stressors interact to impact freshwater biodiversity. This work will help to shed light on how future climate and socioeconomic pressures will give rise to global, continental and local responses in freshwater biodiversity. Until now, it has not always been easy to incorporate understanding of freshwater biodiversity explicitly into environmental agreements (EU WFD, for example) or in related policy instruments (for example the Habitats Directive). BioFresh aims to change that, by providing both the access to valuable data and an appropriate and coherent scientific foundation. The products and findings of the project will be used on the one hand to make people more aware of the importance and beauty of freshwater biodiversity, and on the other to help policy makers take decisions based on the best available evidence.
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Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Address

Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 718 086,01

Administrative Contact

Carla Pinho (Ms.)

Participants (19)

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INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 859 359,20

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 547 000

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LIVING AQUATIC RESOURCES

Malaysia

EU Contribution

€ 190 998,49

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 281 372,60

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 303 360

UNION INTERNATIONALE POUR LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE ET DE SES RESSOURCES

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 402 389,60

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 437 263,70

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 178 662

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 309 984

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 227 273,60

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD

France

EU Contribution

€ 179 971,20

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 190 629,25

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 161 789,25

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 186 640

DEBRECENI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 80 040

NATURHISTORISKA RIKSMUSEET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 99 744,20

CENTER ZA KARTOGRAFIJO FAVNE IN FLORE ZAVOD

Slovenia

FISHBASE INFORMATION & RESEARCH GROUP INC

Philippines

EU Contribution

€ 110 843

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226874

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 122 680,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 465 406,10

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany