Investigation of renaturalised water bodies

Evaluation of the renaturation success of Aktion Blau Plus measures and development of tools for predicting success as well as implementation of a water knowledge forum for networking research and practice in the water sector

Success control of renaturation projects Biology Residents Morphology

The project team is investigating water stretches that were renatured as part of the Blau Plus campaign. The renaturation success is assessed with regard to the respective project goals:

  1. Achieving the good ecological status of the water,
  2. Promotion of rare and endangered species,
  3. Promotion of ecosystem functions and services,
  4. Acceptance in the local population.

We are particularly interested in how biodiversity is linked to ecosystem functions / services and the way projects are perceived by stakeholders in the water environment. These relationships are extremely important for the acceptance of renaturation projects in the population. Based on the success-determining factors, strategies are to be developed to make future water body renaturation measures more effective and cost-efficient.

In addition, the project will develop a concept for a series of events entitled WasserWissensForum. The aim of this series of events is to strengthen the networking of water researchers in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with practitioners in water management. In the water knowledge forum, current research results from applied research as well as basic research are to be presented and discussed. All research areas related to water management are served, from biological-ecological and hydrological topics to questions about chemical water quality to technical systems and infrastructural aspects of drinking water and wastewater treatment. The event takes place twice a year in the WasserWissensWerk at the Steinbachtalsperre in Kempfeld, which was newly opened in 2018. The promotion of young scientists is of particular importance in this series of events.

Consortium Trier University of Applied Sciences (Environmental Campus Birkenfeld)
Duration May 2018 - April 2023
Funded by Ministry of Environment, Energy and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate
Funding amount € 500,000

Project management:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Stoll
Prof. Dr. Stefan Stoll
Professor FR Umweltplanung


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