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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Support the project Urban Algae and participate in the online survey on perception and appreciation of urban ponds by 30th September 2019!
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88 Percent Decline of Big Freshwater Animals

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Related Projects

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
Vanessa Bremerich
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
06/2015
End
05/2018
Topic

AQUATAG

Spatio-temporal high-resolution analysis of water-based recreational activities, resulting impacts and conflicts of use, as well as derivation of a socio-ecological management concept.
Contact person
Markus Venohr
Simone A. Podschun (neé Beichler)
Judith Mahnkopf
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Start
03/2019
End
02/2022
Topic

Bridging in Biodiversity Science (BIBS)

BIBS is a BMBF project for biodiversity data collection and synthesis in Germany
Contact person
Mark Gessner
Hans-Peter Grossart
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
12/2016
End
11/2019
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Kharaa Yeröö River Basin Atlas

The Atlas is written in Mongolian and English language, as a joint activity of IGB and its Mongolian partner IGG. The science based fundamentals of monitoring and research results of MoMo are documented and continuously updated as maps and texts for discussions with stakeholders and decision makers.

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.

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.

Experts at IGB

Robert Arlinghaus

Research Group Leader
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Integrative Recreational Fisheries Management

Jörn Gessner

Research Group Leader
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Reintroduction of the European Sturgeon to Germany

Michael Hupfer

Head of Department a.i.
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Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments & Lake Management

Martin Pusch

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

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