Skip to main content
EU Science Hub

Water biodiversity

The JRC provides scientific support to the implementation of European policies that aim to ensure the preservation of freshwater ecosystems through ecological assessment, modelling expertise and studies addressing biodiversity loss.

Freshwater ecosystems are among the most degraded and threatened ecosystems at the global scale. Given the likelihood that demand for available water resources in Europe and worldwide will increase in the future, water ecosystem services need to be protected. A big legislative effort is being made at the European level in order to address biodiversity conservation policies and management of river basins and riverine habitats.

The JRC aims to provide the scientific basis for this integration of policies, with a focus on assessing and mapping ecosystem services, and developing modelling approaches to evaluate water ecosystem dynamics and simulate future scenarios on their evolving vulnerability.

JRC activities include ecological assessment of Europe's aquatic ecosystems, research and development of ecosystem modelling and scenario analyses, and studies on how ecosystems and biodiversity adapt to drivers of biodiversity loss.

More information:

CCM – Catchment Characterisation and Modelling

EASIN – European Alien Species Information Network

WISER - Water bodies in Europe: Integrative Systems to assess Ecological staus and Recovery

River and its vegetation.
© Photographer/Credit: D.McInerney

To find out more about the JRC's work on similar topics, explore the related JRC portfolios:

Father with small children working outdoors in garden, sustainable lifestyle concept.

Zero pollution

Zero pollution for planetary health - Integrated responses.