Use & Management

Freshwaters are used in many ways: as a drinking water supply, for industrial transportation and for recreation. All these functions, also referred to as ecosystem services, can only be ensured if rivers and lakes are in a good ecological state. Since its introduction in 2002, the Water Framework Directive has called for just that. And yet water is a scarce resource in many regions of the world. The growing pressure caused by mining, industry, hydroelectric power production and agriculture affects water quality and the passage of freshwaters. At IGB, we develop concepts for the future-oriented management of freshwater resources for the welfare of humans and nature. We investigate how anthropogenic influences affect freshwaters, and how lakes, flowing waters and wetlands can be used sustainably and revitalised efficiently.

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New Atlas for Kharaa Yeröö River Basin in Mongolia

Mongolia is characterised by water scarcity as well as dynamic changes and conflicts of water use in the water sector. IGB is f.i. responsible for the Kharaa Yeröö River Basin Atlas.
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Flagship species could help protect freshwaters

83 per cent of all the world’s threatened freshwater species occur in the same areas as the “imposing” freshwater species examined within the study – all of which are potential ambassadors for their ecosystem.

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IWRM Joint Research Project MoMo III

The MoMo III project works towards the development and implementation of an integrated water resources management (IWRM) for a Mongolian model region.
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Jürgen Hofmann
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology


Traveling from rivers to the sea and back is a major task in a sturgeon’s life and now he even takes children and young adults on his journey. By means of joint actions children explore their aquatic environment and learn important facts related to the use and protection of water bodies as well as to the linkage of ecosystems.
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Jörn Gessner
Madeleine Ammar
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes

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Urban Water Interfaces (UWI) Research Aligned In Common Topics

Current research carried out by doctoral students within the interdisciplinary research training group "Urban Water Interfaces" (UWI), a joint initiative of TUB and IGB.

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