Faktencheck Artenvielfalt

Inland Waters and Floodplains


The inland waters and floodplains assessed in this project include streams, rivers and lakes, as well as estuaries, small water bodies, fens and groundwater. Relative to their total area in Germany, these water-dominated habitats harbor a relatively high level of biodiversity. Most of the threat to this biodiversity is attributable to human activity and the associated environmental pressures. Rather than the protection of individual species, the main focus should be on the conservation of entire species communities that are typical of these habitats and influence their diverse ecological processes. The ability of these communities to adapt to climatic changes is also closely linked to genetic diversity within species.

Basis for the Faktencheck Artenvielfalt on the biodiversity of inland waters and floodplains is the compilation of relevant literature sources, such as journals, red lists, research reports as well as graduation theses from universities. The data on inland water species and species communities therein are analyzed regarding their current status as well as their trends over the past 30 to 50 years. Similarly, data on the status and trends of multiple environmental pressures impacting inland waters and floodplains are going to be evaluated. This also includes influences that result from climate change as well as from changes in land use in the catchment areas of inland waters. The novelty of this assessment is that besides the impacts on biodiversity itself, the changes in ecosystem services are documented as well, if their provision is related to biodiversity.

Following the comprehensive analysis of the current status and trends of biodiversity as well as their influencing factors, measures for biodiversity conservation and their implementation obstacles will be evaluated. The aim of this analysis is to identify criteria for the effectiveness of measures and thus their success. Finally, a compilation of options for action and knowledge gaps is presented.

Team

Prof. Dr.  Peter Haase
Coordinating Lead Author

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt
Abteilung Fließgewässerökologie und Naturschutzforschung
Clamecystraße 12
63571 Gelnhausen

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Biologie
Universitätsstraße 2
45141 Essen

Prof. Dr. Daniel Hering
Coordinating Lead Author 

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Biologie
Aquatische Ökologie
Universitätsstraße 5
45141 Essen

Dr. Jörg Freyhof
Coordinating Lead Author

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin
Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Coordinating Lead Author

Universität Osnabrück
Institut für Geographie
Institut für Umweltsystemforschung
Barbarastraße 12
49076 Osnabrück

Dr. Ursula Schmedtje
Coordinating Lead Author

Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt
Bürgermeister-Ulrich-Str. 160
86179 Augsburg

PD Dr. Christian Feld
Project Scientist

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Biologie
Aquatische Ökologie
Universitätsstraße 5
45141 Essen

Dr. Hong Hanh Nguyen
Project Scientist

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt
Abteilung Fließgewässerökologie und Naturschutzforschung
Clamecystraße 12
63571 Gelnhausen

Dr. Phillip J. Haubrock
Assistant Project Scientist

Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt
Abteilung Fließgewässerökologie und Naturschutzforschung
Clamecystraße 12
63571 Gelnhausen

Dr. Thomas Ehlert
Lead Author

Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)
FG II 2.4 Gewässerökosysteme, Wasserhaushalt, Blaues Band
Konstantinstr. 110
53179 Bonn

PD Dr. Stefanie von Fumetti
Lead Author

Universität Basel 
Department Umweltwissenschaften Geoökologie
Klingelbergstraße 27
4056 Basel
Schweiz

PD Dr. Hans Jürgen Hahn
Lead Author

Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau
Institut für Umweltwissenschaften
Grundwasserökologie
Fortstraße 7
76829 Landau

Prof. Dr. Sonja Jähnig
Lead Author

Leibniz Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
Abteilung Ökosystemforschung
Müggelseedamm 310
12587 Berlin

Dr. Kathrin Januschke
Lead Author

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Biologie
Aquatische Ökologie
Universitätsstr. 5
45141 Essen

Prof. Dr. Bernd Klauer
Lead Author

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)
Department Ökonomie
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Dr. Moritz Reese
Lead Author

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung − UFZ
Department Umwelt- und Planungsrecht
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Dr. Nike Sommerwerk
Lead Author

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

PD Dr. Dietmar Straile
Lead Author

Universität Konstanz
Limnologisches Institut
Universitaetsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz