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Freshwater Management in a Changing World

Two day Open Meeting at UCL follows interregional dissemination event in Estonia and Latvia

Freshwater Management in a Changing World

On 4th and 5th November, the Geography Department hosted the final meeting of the EU Framework 7 REFRESH project, which has been co-ordinated by Dr Martin Kernan.  (

REFRESH (Adaptive strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on European Freshwater ecosystems) has addressed the question, How can the way we manage our freshwater ecosystems be adapted to anticipate the effects of future global changes (e.g. climate, land use) and incorporate ­strategies to protect water resources and conserve freshwater biology?

This meeting was followed on 6th and 7th November by a two day Open Meeting to present the results from the REFRESH project. The first day of the Symposium, attended by 115 delegates, saw REFRESH scientists present the latest research on lakes, wetlands and streams at the catchment level. Talks included case studies bringing together freshwater ecology, process based hydrochemical modelling and socio-economic analysis. For film of the even see:

On the second day, the focus was on the implications for management and policy formulation of climate and land use changes in freshwater ecosystems, in particular to comply with the Water Framework Directive. A mixed audience of 75 scientists and stakeholders heard REFRESH scientists highlight the key messages from the project followed by responses from a range of stakeholder discussants. See:

In October, Martin had been at a joint meeting of the REFRESH and LakeAdmin ( projects in Tallinn, Estonia. This was arranged to disseminate the results from both projects to a range of lake management experts in Estonia and Latvia. Martin described stakeholder engagement activities during REFRESH, highlighting the project’s attempts to ensure research uptake by water and catchment managers, conservation bodies and policy implementers at regional, national and European scales.


The REFRESH meeting

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