Pretty, aren't they? – This shapes the introduction and control of alien species.

Invasive species with charisma have it easier

Egyptian geese on the Weser River in Germany. | Photo: Kathy Büscher/Pixabay
Highest national award for his outstanding communication on sustainable fisheries and freshwater management.

German Communicator-Prize 2020 for Robert Arlinghaus

David Ausserhofer
The IGB Policy Brief recommends continued commitment to the objectives of the WFD and improved practical implementation.

Putting the Water Framework Directive to the test

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IGB scientists have quantified the global decline of big freshwater animals: From 1970 to 2012, global populations of freshwater megafauna declined by 88 percent. Large fish species are particularly affected.

88 percent decline of big freshwater animals

The distribution range of the European sturgeon diminished by 99 %. Photo: Solvin Zankl
Researchers call for a consideration of recreational fishers in international fisheries and water protection policy.

Five-point plan for global policy reform

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Dry inland waters, fluctuating water levels and rising temperatures will affect numerous freshwater fish species in the future. This is particularly the case for species in the Mediterranean region.

Climate change endangers freshwater fish species in Southern Europe

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The latest IGB Dossier explains the impact of climate change on lakes.

When lakes start to sweat

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Research for the future of our freshwaters

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Our vision is the understanding of all fundamental processes in freshwaters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures conductive to sustainable water management.

IGB is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. Here, hydrologists, chemists, physicists, microbiologists, limnologists, fish ecologists and fisheries biologists from all over the world are working under one roof.

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New developments in the research field of ecohydrology

The knowledge gained from ecohydrology enables nature-based solutions for the management of global water resources. A review article with Dörthe Tetzlaff shows the progress in ecohydrology research.

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Outlines | IGB Policy Brief: Strengths and weaknesses of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

The IGB Policy Brief recommends continued commitment to the objectives of the WFD and improved practical implementation – and offers options for action to policy makers and practitioners.

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Preventing algal blooms in lakes

IGB scientists Dr. Tom Shatwell and Dr. Jan Köhler have analysed long-term data to prove that decreasing nitrogen in Berlin’s Lake Müggelsee is the key to reducing algal blooms in summer.

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