BioFresh was an EU-funded international project that aimed to build a global information platform for scientists and ecosystem managers with access to all available databases describing the distribution, status and trends of global freshwater biodiversity.
Euro-limpacs was concerned with the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on both the physical and ecological characteristics of European freshwater ecosystems. In addition to furthering understanding of the way aquatic ecosystems respond to direct and indirect climate change impacts, the output from Euro-limpacs was of practical relevance for the development of policies and implementation strategies needed to protect aquatic and riparian wetland ecosystems.
The key objective of REFRESH was to develop a framework that enables water managers to design cost-effective restoration programmes for freshwater ecosystems. This accounts for the expected future impacts of climate change and land-use change in the context of the Water Framework and Habitats Directives.
WISER has supported the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) by developing tools for the integrated assessment of the ecological status of European surface waters. The project analysed existing data from more than 90 databases, covering all water categories, organism groups and environmental stressor types. Field-sampling campaigns have supplemented the data on lakes and coastal systems.