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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A great finish to the MoMo project

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Urban Water Interfaces

DFG Research training group  
Contact person
Gunnar Nützmann
Mark Gessner
Sabine Hilt
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
07/2015
End
12/2019
Topic

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
Topic

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
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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.

Experts at IGB

Robert Arlinghaus

Research Group Leader
Working group
Integrative Recreational Fisheries Management

Jörg Gelbrecht

Head of Department
Working group
Biogeochemistry and Restoration of Peatlands

Jörn Gessner

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

Michael Hupfer

Research Domain Speaker
Working group
Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments & Lake Management

Martin Pusch

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

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