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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11 scientists and 300 kilometers of river: impressions of three weeks of sampling in the entire river network of the Vjosa in Albania.
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New Leopoldina discussion paper on pesticides

Pesticides can cause big problems in ecosystems. That is the result of a new discussion paper of German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in which effects of pesticides and options for action are explained based on recent scientific results.

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CITYFOOD

Feeding urban populations is a global challenge, additionally straining the Food-Water-Energy Nexus. CITYFOOD provides innovative solutions by integrating aqua-agriculture systems into cities.
Contact person
Werner Kloas
Daniela Baganz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
05/2018
End
04/2021
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RESI

RESI assesses, evaluates and visualizes the actual as well as potential services to the human society provided by ecosystems of rivers and their floodplains. 
Contact person
Martin Pusch
Simone A. Beichler
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
Start
06/2015
End
05/2018
Topic

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.
Contact person
Jürgen Hofmann
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
06/2015
End
05/2018
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M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Flyer

A quick overview about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Arrival and Survival Guide

Everything you need to know about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture! The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

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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Robert Arlinghaus

Research Group Leader
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Integrative Recreational Fisheries Management

Jörg Gelbrecht

Head of Department
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Biogeochemistry and Restoration of Peatlands

Jörn Gessner

Research Group Leader
Working group
Reintroduction of the European Sturgeon to Germany

Michael Hupfer

Research Domain Speaker
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Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments & Lake Management

Ute Mischke

Scientific Staff
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Nutrient Balances in River Basins

Martin Pusch

Research Group Leader
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Functional Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lake Shores

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