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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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

DASTMAP

The DASTMAP project develops and applies new genetic markers to characterize four in the Danube River endangered sturgeon species as a prerequisite for sustainable fisheries and conservation management.
Contact person
Klaus Kohlmann
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
04/2015
End
10/2018
Topic

SMART

The SMART Joint Doctorate focuses on the core areas of natural and engineering sciences relevant to the sustainable management of river systems from their headwaters to estuaries. SMART aims to provide education and research at PhD level by offering a 3-year programme within the Erasmus Mundus action. It adopts a multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach that integrates relevant aspects of the physical, chemical and biological sciences, including relevant theory, monitoring and modelling.
Contact person
Ina Severin
Franz Hölker
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
10/2011
End
10/2018
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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
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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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