Agriculture secures our food supply and is an important economic factor. However, it also leaves its mark on the environment, such as in soils, groundwater, and biodiversity. An international research team led by the Aquatic Ecology group has investigated how different types and intensities of agriculture affect the ecological status of rivers in Europe.
Early 2024, the European Parliament will take a final vote on the ‘Nature Restoration Law’ (NRL), a globally unique but hotly debated regulation that aims to halt and reverse biodiversity loss in Europe. An international team of scientists led by the University of Duisburg-Essen investigated the prospects of the new regulation. The article will be published on 15 December in the Science Magazine.
MERLIN seeks new, widely applicable solutions for restoring the functions of freshwater ecosystems, for example to improve flood retention and store carbon dioxide. The project involves 48 partners from across Europe, including universities, research institutes, nature conservation organizations, and stakeholders from business, government, and municipalities.
The platform serves to provide online calculation tools for determining the ecological quality of water bodies and is operated by Aquatic Ecology on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency. At the moment the platform is only available in German, but other languages are possible and might come in the near future.
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